|The Importance of Identity Protection and the DMV’s Role|
|In The News|
|Tuesday, 18 September 2012 09:07|
Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the United States. Identity thieves can gain access to a wide variety of personal information by hacking computers, stealing mail and wallets, and resorting to other scams to trick people. Once these thieves get hold of your personal information, accessing your banking and credit card information will be a breeze. Some thieves may go as far as applying for a driver license (DL) and identification card (ID) under your name. Be sure to follow the steps below to keep your information private and to prevent thieves from being issued a fraudulent DL or ID:
Notifying the DMV
At the appointment, you may be asked to provide a statement describing the details of the identity theft. If you filed a police report, make sure to bring a copy with you. If a report was not filed, you may be asked to explain why. You should also bring copies of canceled checks and bills, to confirm your identity, as well as letters from companies or banks indicating the fraud. Confirming your identity is necessary to prove that you have in fact been a victim of identity theft and these documents will help you do so. To prevent thieves for applying for a DL or ID under your name the DMV needs to take extensive steps to confirm your identity to ensure that a DL or ID is being issued to the correct person.
In addition, you will need to prove and validate your identity with additional, official documentation. With the exception of an expired California DL or ID card, only valid, unexpired documents are accepted. Here is a partial list of acceptable original documents that can be used to prove your identity:
Other forms of identification may be acceptable, but is determined on a case by case basis. Contact your local DMV for other acceptable documents.
Follow-up on important conversations in writing and send them by certified mail and request a return receipt.
You want to document everything so that you can prove that you are a victim of fraud.
Identity theft is a scary thing and can happen to anyone at any time, so protect yourself against fraud by following these tips. For more information regarding identity theft, visit http://www.DMV.ca.gov/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffdl25.htm.