Adrian Holmes, 32, and Lucy Sanders, 28, sold national ID cards and driving licences on their website – uwantid.co.uk.
The pair pleaded guilty to a joint charge of conspiring to supply cards for use in connection with fraud when they appeared at Chester Crown Court on Monday (April 20).
The court heard how the couple produced the cards in the basement of their home in Lymmington Avenue, Lymm. Documents were found that showed they could make up to 40 fake cards a day.
Judge Elgin Edwards described the business as a “novel and highly successful enterprise”.
Holmes was jailed for two years and Sanders for one year. It is the first prosecution of its kind in the country.
Andrew Chevis, chief executive of ID card scheme Citizen Card, said: “Fake ID destroys all the good work that police, trading standards and responsible retailers are doing to prevent underage sales.
“Websites offering fake ID have been aiding and abetting criminal offences for years now, so I am pleased that the Crown finally recognises the fact.”
Chevis added that Holmes and Sanders were unable to fake the PASS hologram on any of their cards. “The PASS hologram is the best way to ensure that an ID or proof-of-age card is valid,” he said.
“Retailers should reject all other ID unless they’re 100% certain that a passport or driving licence is genuine.”