ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB-TV) – Governor Cuomo announced Friday in a state effort to deter underage drinking nearly 900 fake IDs were seized in 2018.
As a part of their statewide initiative, the state seized 892 fake documents, up from 814 in 2017.
The state says they focus their efforts on concert venues, bars, restaurants and alcohol retailers.
Investigators with the DMV are taking steps towards strengthening their enforcement which has led to the increase in fake ID seizures.
DMV investigators are working with state and local law enforcement to identify areas where underage drinking is occurring, and enforcement is needed, according to the state.
Western New York led all regions with 335 ID seizures resulting in 394 arrests.