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KAY: We'll take it from here.

AGENT JANUS: Who the hell are you?

Kay and Dee flash some form of ID.

KAY: INS Division 6.

AGENT JANUS: Division 6? I never heard of Division 6. Men in Black Script

Is there any canon (in or out of universe) information on whether the IDs they flashed to border agents were actually IDs for "INS Division 6"?

Or were they just generic looking government ID and "Division 6" was something Kay ad-libbed to them?

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  • I always thought that was just some technological psychic paper type thing, tbh...
    – Shisa
    Mar 19, 2015 at 4:16
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    @Shisa - not sure about psychic, but I'm thinking something like changeable smartwatch faces, or e-ink paper (which is doable with modern Earth technology even now, never mind alien tech that can mind-wipe and make flying cars) Mar 19, 2015 at 14:37
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    Richard is clearly being paid by the italics lobby :) Mar 19, 2015 at 19:34

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No, he didn't. In the films you don't see the cards in any great detail but they are mentioned in the official novelisation. The badge appears to be a generic INS agency badge and he then adds the detail about being part of "division 6" on his own, to confuse the deputies.

A tall good-looking kid of about thirty marched over to where Kay stood, shined his black aluminum six-cell light at Kay's ID. Squinted at it. "I'm agent Janus," the kid said. "This is my operation. Who the hell are—?"

He finally made out the ID. "You're INS?"

"Division Six," Kay said. He pocketed the badge case.

"I never heard of Division Six!"

Later on we see that they do indeed appear to have a range of vaguely official-looking ID badges that seem to suit for different occasions;

"I'm Dr. Leo Menville, Department of Public Health. This is my associate, Dr. White."

Laurel looked at the ID. It had the man's name and picture on it, and the notation Special Investigator under it. Looked official enough, and if they'd gotten back here past Larry and Tom, they must be legit.

They're also (briefly) seen in the film's official Graphic novelisation. Unfortunately the full badge is obscured but we can at least see that it says INS on it, which ties up nicely with the assertion in the novel that the badge is simply a generic one and that Kay adds the "division 6" bit himself:

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Obviously we know (from the original source comics) that the MIB aren't averse to using fake ID when they need to:

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It is a common running gag in Men In Black. THERE IS NO DIVISION 6.

In the movie MIB, KAY references INS Division 6, which is totally fictitious (i.e. non existant).

During the Men In Black animated series (which can be considered canon also) there has been multiple references to this "DIVISION 6". Where KAY or JAY reference to them being from departments such as -- United Nations Security Division 6 or Fire Marshall Division 6

So, NO, KAY did not have IDs made out for INS Division 6, it was some random ID card show up.

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  • What is the evidence that it's a gag and not actual ids? Mar 19, 2015 at 4:26
  • I mean you really cant expect every time they identify themselves to civilians or other government agents they refer to "XYZ Dept. - Division 6".. It has been observed not once, not twice but thrice.. Mar 19, 2015 at 4:37
  • well, given that they are an agency with access to memory wiping technology, flying cars, atomizers, etc... - I am thinking it's extremely likely they have the tech to make a LCD/holodisplay ID that adjusts to whatever agency image is needed. Mar 19, 2015 at 14:35
  • An out-of-universe explanation is that it's more humorous for them to flash a generic ID and sweet talk their way into places with it, so they may not actually have real IDs Mar 19, 2015 at 19:16

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