Can I lie about my age on Amtrak?

I know, I know, lying is bad but here's the story: my parents simply don't wanna go through the hassle of the unaccompanied minor policy. They're both very busy people and would have to make big breaks in their schedules to follow suit with the policy and they just don't want to deal with it.

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I know, I know, lying is bad but here's the story: my parents simply don't wanna go through the hassle of the unaccompanied minor policy. They're both very busy people and would have to make big breaks in their schedules to follow suit with the policy and they just don't want to deal with it.

I wanna go from SF to LA. There are transfers on this route. I'm 14. To start off, I look a lot older than my actual age. When I started high school, almost everyone (including teachers) commented on the fact that I can easily be mistook for a junior or senior. I'm very mature and don't act like hyper fool in public. It may sound like an exaggeration or hard to believe but that's the honest truth.

Can I just lie about my age when I get the ticket and pretend I'm 16 so I can travel without restrictions? Will they ID me or anything (that's my main concern)?

Please, if you're going to comment on how lying is wrong and I should wait, don't bother. I really only want input.
I think I should clarify that my parents DO know that this trip is a thing, and they're okay with it. They just don't wanna deal with the policy.

Other answer:

StephenWeinstein:
You are not entirely right that "There are transfers on this route." There is one train each day, called the Coast Starlight that starts in Washington State, stops in Emeryville and Oakland (and a lot of other places) and ends in Los Angeles. (No Amtrak trains stop in San Franscisco, but you can easily catch a bus or BART to get to Oakland where the Coast Starlight stops.)

If you go by Amtrak with transfers, then you are on a bus a lot of the way (there are no Amtrak trains between San Jose and San Luis Obispo, except for the Coast Starlight). You transfer from the Amtrak bus to the Amtrak train in San Luis Obisbo or Santa Barbara.

Since you are going to be on a bus (and not a train) for a lot of the trip (unless you take the Coast Starlight, without any transfers), the best option might be to take a Greyhound bus, which probably costs less than Amtrak. I do not know their age policy; it might be better or worse than Amtrak's.

DON W:
Amtrak requires that every passenger show a photo ID. They are also particularly careful about checking for unaccompanied minors, who might be runaways. When they find them, they put them off the train into the hands of a local police officer, who holds the minor until the parents come to pick them up.

Sorry, but that's the way it works…

Poppy:
As a minor you should not be allowed to purchase a ticket. You parents will need to get it for you. I've no idea or not if Amtrak will check ID or if your parents saying you are 16, will fill the bill.
Daniel B:
Are you parents going to be willing to spend some of their precious time to drive down to LA to pick you up when Amtrak find out half way through the trip that you are no legal age to be traveling alone?
Ali:
Yeah you get ID'd

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