Before a redesign in the fall of 2010, counterfeit California driver’s license were being sold on the black market at prices between $100 to $200.
Brokers in China who specialize in creating counterfeit documents that allow organ trafficking to take place has increased the rate of living transplants in the country. In 2010, 40 percent of all organ transplants took place between living donors, compared to 15 percent in 2006. The remaining transplants take place primarily with organs trafficked from executed prisoners.
At the start of 2010, there were 11 million stolen or lost passports listed in the global database of Interpol.
In a criminal court case involving sales of counterfeit diplomas and degrees, Federal investigators reported that 40 percent of the 6,000 fake degrees sold by one organization were sold to foreign residents seeking entry into the United States.
According to officials in Ireland, about 40 percent of all stolen passports are probably being sold illegally.
As of 2005, there were an estimated 20 million lost or stolen passports circulating the world. These passports are at risk of being doctored and used as counterfeit identification.
In a database maintained by Interpol, 14 million lost or stolen identity documents are listed.
Fake IDs are often including in the smuggling fees for undocumented immigrants who are smuggled from Mexico.While in the United States, undocumented immigrants are able to purchase identifications from flea markets and other vendors for $75 to $300. Papers available for purchase include Social Security cards, Driver Licenses, and Green Cards.
The human smuggling industry in China charges people between $10,000 to $25,000 to purchase a fraudulent passport, and between $3,000 to $5,000 to alter the photo of a passport.
In Thailand, a basic counterfeit passport is able to be created in 2 hours for $245. For a higher quality counterfeit passport, the price rises to $1,000 to $1,250.