How to fax an ID

I have to fax a copy of my driver’s license for a background check, but when I sent it in they said it was illegible. What am I doing wrong? Should I write the numbers down on a piece of paper and fax that in too?

Driver’s licenses are small, and are therefore subject to graininess, blurring, and smudging when you send a fax transmission. Writing the numbers on the page won’t look very professional, and might not be accepted as a legitimate form of ID.

Since you’ll have to copy your photo ID before you send it, the best time to make an adjustment is at the copy machine. Before you scan your ID card, choose “Enlarge” and select 150 percent or even 200 percent. That will allow your recipient to see the information clearly, even after it’s been sent along a fax line.

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