They got the ID from a site called Confidential Access.
From a quick check a 'novelty' driving licence would have been £300, on top of the £30 to get access to the private forum to get the .
A look around the site suggests that the documents available go well beyond driving licences.
And on top of the documents they provide 'services' of varying levels of dubiousness, from 'new' credit ratings (looks like a database search to find a name match to the 'customer' with a better rating, then straight ID fraud), through to providing false addresses, telephone services that will answer according to a script (the example given involves a false employment check & reference), false employment histories, and even real addresses with keys - apparently abandoned properties.
Reading the forums makes it clear that novelty purposes have nothing to do with it, and it's straight out fraud all the way.
For example the driving licence is worthless for normal purposes, but ideal as ID for other things, maybe hiring gear with no intention to return it?
The sad thing is that what they're up to isn't even very hard - which is lucky given the retards who seem to be involved with the site.
It seems to be primarily a case that they've bought access to a few databases (electoral, land registry, credit reference) and they abuse them. They've bought some blank documents to the correct specs from a printer in China. And they've bought the printing equipment to finish the job off.
Some other aspects of their services are slightly more complex - things like the telephone services, or the 'novelty' company documents with genuine sign-off. But still just a matter of finding one or two people to do the job.
And the 'revenge' services are just plain a simple system abuse, which anyone could do if they really wanted.
Knowing what they offer, and what people do with it makes me deeply uncomfortable, but provides a useful lesson in how ID documents and databases can be abused.
As for the site itself - I'd suggest as a start it'd be useful to add it to Cleanfeed; unlike some sites on there this one is demonstrably harmful.
Getting the servers shut down would be slightly more difficult, but not exactly impossible.
And I suspect tracking down the people behind it wouldn't be difficult if someone really wanted to - anonymous DNS, offshore servers and 'untraceable' phone are one thing, but given they regularly connect to their system, they accept payments, they ship goods, they're buying a particular set of databases and they're using specific hardware to make everything there are a few routes to get to them.
I imagine an anti-terrorist investigation would find them pretty sharpish, and given the combination of services and high profile they're just begging to be taken down.
Though of course they might have become a honey trap, and busy harvesting details ready for prosecution.
And even if they're not a honey trap, I would bet that like other similar people before them they have an archive of all the names, addresses, photos, signatures and so on that would be picked up during a future investigation.
And this is assuming a group of crims wouldn't just abuse the data themselves.
So overall, a useful lesson for certain people in what is possible, but the site involves needs to be terminated & the data associated with it used for a bit of fraudster hunting.