State Preparedness Training Center

Fraudulent Documents Hits the City: IDNYC – Municipal ID Card

December 22, 2014

Insturctor teaching students about document fraud in NYC

The State Preparedness Training Center (SPTC) and the National Center for Security & Preparedness (NCSP) recently delivered the Fraudulent Documents course to over eighty NYS employees from the Human Resources Administration (HRA) in several locations in New York City. The course provides a professional and comprehensive examination of the tools and techniques that can be used when examining documents presented by applicants to ensure that the documents are lawfully possessed and authentic. The training was in preparation for the launch of the new IDNYC program beginning in January 2015.

The IDNYC card is a secure form of photo identification available for all residents of New York City of the ages of 14 and up. The municipal ID card is intended to provide NYC residents with easier access to the various services, programs, and activities that the city of New York has to offer. The card is offered to all residents, including those without a current immigration status.

The IDNYC municipal ID card initiative was announced by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at his 2014 State of the City address, and signed into law in July 2014 under Local Law 35. The program was created to help the millions of New York City residents who do not have the required amount of documentation for a NYS identification card to obtain an ID that proves their residency in New York City. The card is also intended to help NYPD officers with identifying citizens who are unable to acquire NYS identification. The IDNYC card comes with many benefits for NYC, but also comes with the added concerns about preventing people from abusing benefits and exploiting the system.

The Fraudulent Document course trained state employees issuing the IDNYC card to identify those attempting to obtain the card with false or altered documentation. The course discusses concepts and techniques related to conducting an interview, identifying the impact of non-verbal cues, identifying imposters, examining secure documents, creating identity documents, determining document integrity, and reviewing the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards. It also incorporates a great team building exercise for the HRA investigators to use the skills learned during training to determine document validity. The NYS HRA employees are required to attend two months of training for the program in addition to the Fraudulent Document course provided by the NCSP.

The Fraudulent Document training was led by Subject Matter Expert (SME) Instructor, Michael Savallo. Mr. Savallo served as a NYPD officer for over 20 years and primarily worked in the Auto Crime Division before being recruited to the NYPD Counter Terrorism Division in 2002. He is certified as a master instructor in the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) in Fraudulent Document Recognition and has been qualified by New York State Courts as a subject matter expert on Fraudulent Documents. Mr. Savallo has been affiliated with the National Center for Security & Preparedness as a subject matter expert since 2007.

For upcoming deliveries of Fraudulent Documents see the DHSES Training Calendar at Interested agencies and individuals should contact the SPTC at or (315) 768-5689.