For about $200, someone today can upload his or her picture and basic information into a website, and receive two fake IDs a few days later from companies in China that even encode information into the card’s magnetic strip.

DARTMOUTH — The Massachusetts driver’s license had the typical hologram, watermarks and barcode.

A scanning machine told the cashier at Town Liquors that the license was legitimate, so the customer was “OK to purchase” liquor.

Only one problem, though — the license was fake.

“It was an absolutely amazing ID. It was very well done,” said Yogi Patel, owner of Town Liquors, located less than a mile from the UMass Dartmouth campus.

For about $200, someone today can upload his or her picture and basic information into a website, and receive two fake IDs a few days later from companies in China that even encode information into the card’s magnetic strip.

“To insert the data is very hard to do. ... You could even go on an airplane using these,” said Patel, who showed a visitor a stack of fake IDs he has confiscated from young people looking to buy a case of beer or a bottle of hard liquor.

Fanned out on a table, Patel showed a sample of the 300 fake IDs he has collected, purporting to be licenses from Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

The untrained eye cannot tell they are fakes, and, often, neither can modern technology. The high-tech fake IDs are even indistinguishable from authentic licenses under ultraviolet light used by the Transportation Security Administration.

Federal authorities have intercepted fraudulent driver’s licenses in international mail arriving in Chicago and Cincinnati. But countless fake IDs have still reached Web-savvy college and high school students.

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said last week that he wants the Department of Homeland Security to block cash payments to Chinese manufacturers of high-tech fake drivers’ licenses.

Bruce Foucart, special agent in charge of Immigration and Custom Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations in Boston, said federal authorities have seen an uptick in Web sites dedicated to selling fake IDs. Many of the fake licenses arrive from overseas during college spring break and vacation times.

Foucart said authorities have visited college campuses in New England to speak with students about the risks involved in these schemes.

“It’s buyer beware. Some of these kids are getting ripped off. They’ve given half of their personal information, their date of births, pictures, credit card numbers. Who knows what these organizations are doing with these kids’ information?” Foucart said.

Because of the fake IDs’ sophistication, Foucart said it is likely that organized crime syndicates are operating these schemes.

“It’s more of a problem than what it was five years ago,” Foucart said.

Foucart said it costs around $5 to manufacture one fake ID, so the manufacturers are selling them at a markup over 100 percent.