What Is Identity Theft?

Identity Theft occurs when someone gains access to another person's personal information, such as the drivers license number, social security number, bank or credit card account numbers, and uses it to commit fraud or theft.

An imposter can use your identity to open fraudulent credit accounts, secure loans for cars and housing, or steal money from your bank accounts.

What Do I Do if I Become a Victim of Identity Fraud?

If you discover that you have become a victim of fraud as a result of DL or ID card identity theft, immediately contact your local DMV for an appointment. At the time of your appointment be prepared to:

  • Complete a statement describing the facts of the fraud.
  • Submit a copy of the police report, or a written explanation why a report was not filed with the police.
  • Submit copies of canceled checks, bills, or letters from companies or banks indicating the fraud.

In addition, you will need to prove your identity. 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:

  • California DL or ID card
  • U.S. Birth Certificate or U.S.Passport
  • U.S. Certificate of Birth Abroad or Report of Birth Abroad
  • Certification of Citizenship
  • Certification of Naturalization
  • Permanent Resident Card
  • U.S. Military Identification Cards
  • Unexpired foreign passport with a valid I-94 form

Contact your local DMV office or visit the website at www.dmv.ca.gov for other acceptable documents.

DMV DL/ID Fraud Hotline

To report identity theft of your driver license and identification card information, to the DMV:

Additional Contacts

Here are some of the bureaus or agencies you may want to contact if you are a victim of identity theft:

PO Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374-0241

Visit the website or call 1-(888)-397-3742

Trans Union
Fraud Victim Assistance Division
PO Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834

U.S. Federal Trade Commission
Call toll free: 1-877-ID-THEFT (438-4338);
Read the FTC's:
Taking Charge: What to Do if Your Identity Is Stolen

Identity Theft Clearing House
Federal Trade Commission
600 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20580

Social Security Administration
1-(800)-772-1213 or TTY: 1-(800)-325-0778

California Office of Privacy Protection

Your Local Police Department

*above information courtesy of the California Department of Motor Vehicles - read more here:

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