18yo woman arrested for altering student drivers' licences

An Auckland woman faces a fraud charge after allegedly altering drivers' licences for high school students.

The 18-year-old was arrested last week, and will appear in the Auckland District Court on Tuesday.

Police believe she was altering the licence details so under-age students could go into bars and clubs.

"The deliberate actions of this offender has put large numbers of young people, including 16 and 17-year-old students, at potential risk of harm," says Auckland City Police Acting Senior Sergeant Lisa Woodward.

"Police would like to remind our community, students especially, that it is a criminal offence to alter an official identification document, and it is also illegal to present a forged document.

"Minors found using altered identification or using someone else's identification are subject to are subject to prosecution."

Police will be working with schools across Auckland to highlight the risks associated with creating, purchasing or using altered or fake identification.

If you have information on altered or fake identification, please contact your local police station or alternatively, information can also be provided anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.