How to Make Funny Driver's License Cards
By Carl Hose
Funny driver's license cards make great gag gifts or party favors and can be personalized with funny sayings, goofy photographs and other design ideas. They're fun and easy to make. Using almost any graphics-editing or desktop-publishing software, you can create your own customized ID cards in a few simple steps, to pass out to your friends and family.
Decide on the program you'll use to create your funny driver's license. You can use "Photoshop," if you have it, or almost any graphics-editing software. Several excellent programs, such as Serif "PagePlus," can be downloaded free of charge. Most of these programs work the same way for creating simple graphics, such as a humorous driver's license.
Open your graphics program and select "New" from the "File" menu. Create a document 2 3/8 inches by 3 5/8 inches. You can also choose "New" and the "From Template" command, and select a business-card template. Any business-card template will do. Click on each element of the template and hit the "Delete" key to remove it, so you have a blank document.
Insert an image in the document. You can resize the image beforehand, to whatever size you want it to be on your card, or you can resize it after you've opened it. On the "Insert" menu, select "Picture" and navigate to the folder on your computer where the image you want to use is stored. Click on it, and it will appear on your screen. If you have to resize it to fit the card, click on the edge or corner of the image, hold the mouse button down, and drag to make the picture smaller or larger. To position the image on your card, click on the image and hold your mouse button down while you drag and drop the image where you want it.
Use the "Text" tool from the "Insert" menu or toolbar to create a text box. Click inside the text box and type your text. Since you're making a funny driver's license card, don't forget to include official information like name, date of birth, address, and the state "issuing" the license. Use a real license to get an idea of how you want to format it. Be creative. Make up a name for the city or state. Include a clever saying, or incorporate the text with a funny image.
Print your license on business-card stock, which you can purchase at an office-supply store. You can also purchase plastic laminating sheets to enclose your funny driver's license, to make it more sturdy.
Carl Hose is the author of the anthology "Dead Horizon" and the the zombie novella "Dead Rising." His work has appeared in "Cold Storage," "Butcher Knives and Body Counts," "Writer's Journal," and "Lighthouse Digest.". He is editor of the "Dark Light" anthology to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities.