State of Delaware

The following state government agencies can provide information about any state-specific
identity theft situation and/or help you with any state-specific fraud.

Agency

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

Delaware Attorney General

This office protects consumers by fighting fraud and crime.

attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/fraud/cpu/idtheft/

Fraud and Consumer Protection: (302) 577-8600

DE Secretary of State

Contact for questions regarding business identity theft.

Contact regarding fraudulent notarization documents or stolen notary license/stamps.

Website: sos.delaware.gov/

DE Department of Motor Vehicles

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations.

Website: www.dmv.de.gov/

DE Department of Corrections

Clear up a false jail or prison sentence due to criminal identity theft.

Website: www.doc.delaware.gov/

DE Department Health and Social Services

Contact for identity theft situations regarding welfare, food stamps, Medicare and other social services.

Website: dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/  

Report Fraud: dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dms/arms/reportfraud.html

 

Specialty Resources

Resource

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

Delaware Identity Theft Passport

A document that a victim of criminal impersonation can carry with them in order to help prove their identity.

Law: 11 § 854A

Information on the program: regulations.delaware.gov/  

Application Form: attorneygeneral.delaware.gov/  

 

Identity Theft Laws

While the ITRC does not give legal advice, we have provided a list of known identity theft laws that may help you.
We suggest that you share this information with an attorney or legal representative if you are going to pursue criminal or civil charges.

Law

What it Addresses

11 § 854

Outlines what is considered identity theft. Classified as a class D felony.

11 § 903

11 § 903A

Outlines what is considered an illegal use of payment cards. Talks about scanning devices, skimming, recording card information and memorizing.

6 § 2204

Requires that a police officer take the report of any consumer who says they are a victim of identity theft.

6 § 2203

Outlines how consumers in DE can apply for a credit freeze.

§12B-101 through 104

Online what individuals and companies are responsible for in the event of an information breach.

 

State of Maryland

The following state government agencies can provide information about any state-specific
identity theft situation and/or help you with any state-specific fraud.

Agency

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

Maryland Attorney General

State credit/security freeze information

www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/Identity
Theft/freezing.aspx

Identity Theft Unit Phone: (410) 576-6491

E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

MD Secretary of State

Contact for situation of tax fraud, voter fraud and issues regarding businesses.

Website: www.sos.maryland.gov/Pages/default.aspx

MD Motor Vehicle Administration

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations.

Website: www.mva.maryland.gov/

Identity Theft Complaints: www.mva.maryland.gov/about-mva/info/12100/12100-52T.htm

MD of Human Services

Agency for welfare, foster care, disability, and social services.

Website: dhr.maryland.gov/

 

Specialty Resources

Resource

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

MD Identity Theft Passport Program

Law §8-305
identification given to victims of criminal identity theft to help prevent wrongful arrest due to fraud

Website: www.oag.state.md.us/idtheft/IDTpassport.htm

Safe at Home

Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) For victims of Domestic violence or human trafficking, in an effort to keep their perpetrators from finding them.

Website: sos.maryland.gov/ACP/Pages/default.aspx

 

Identity Theft Laws

While the ITRC does not give legal advice, we have provided a list of known identity theft laws that may help you.
We suggest that you share this information with an attorney or legal representative if you are going to pursue criminal or civil charges.

Law

What it Addresses

§8.301

Law outlining identity theft in MD, the jurisdiction identity theft can be prosecuted in and the penalties after prosecution.

§8-302

§8-303

Illegal to produce, sell, or create false identification.

§8.304

Requires law enforcement to take a report of identity theft.

§14-1212.1

Defines account review and security freeze process.

§14-3501 through 3508

Laws outlining the proper procedure for handling and mitigating an information breach. Proper destruction of records.

 

State of West Virginia

The following state government agencies can provide information about any state-specific
identity theft situation and/or help you with any state-specific fraud.

Agency

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

West Virginia Attorney General

State credit/security freeze information 

www.ago.wv.gov/consumerprotection/pages/identity-theft-prevention.aspx

Phone: (304) 558-2021

Identity theft Information www.ago.wv.gov/consumerprotection/Pages/
Identity-Theft-Prevention.aspx
 

WV Secretary of State

Contact for issues regarding state taxes, licenses for business licensing and employment. 

Website: www.sos.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

WV Division of Motor Vehicles

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations.

Website: www.transportation.wv.gov/dmv/Pages/
default.aspx

WV Department of Health & Human Resources

Agency for welfare, foster care, disability, and social services.

Website: www.dhhr.wv.gov/Pages/default.aspx

 

Identity Theft Laws

While the ITRC does not give legal advice, we have provided a list of known identity theft laws that may help you.
We suggest that you share this information with an attorney or legal representative if you are going to pursue criminal or civil charges.

Law

What it Addresses

§61-3-54

Law outlining identity theft and personal identifying information (PII), the jurisdiction identity theft can be prosecuted in and the penalties after prosecution.

§4-A-6L-101 through 105

Laws regarding freezing credit reports.

§46A-2-101

Proper and improper disposal of records and PII. Security Breach Laws.

§61-3-24a

§61-3-56

Attempted or fraudulent use, forgery, traffic of credit cards; possession and transfer of credit cards and credit card making equipment; false or fraudulent use of telephonic services; and penalties.

Scanning device or re-encoder fraud; felony; definitions; and penalties.

 

State of Virginia

The following state government agencies can provide information about any state-specific
identity theft situation and/or help you with any state-specific fraud.

Agency

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

Virginia Attorney General

State credit/security freeze information

www.oag.state.va.us/consumer-protection/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=151

Phone: (804) 786-2042

Identity Theft Information : www.oag.state.va.us/programs-initiatives/identity-theft

VA Secretary of State

Contact for issues regarding state taxes, licenses for business and employment. 

Website: www.scc.virginia.gov/clk/

VA Department of Motor Vehicles

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations.

Website:
www.dmv.virginia.gov/general/#utilities/contact.asp
 

VA Department of Social Services

Agency for welfare, foster care, disability, and social services.

Website: www.dss.virginia.gov/

 

Specialty Resources

Resource

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

Identity Theft Passport

Document to produce to law enforcement in case a consumer is a victim of criminal identity theft.

Law: §18.2-186.5:

Application : www.oag.state.va.us/files/Community
Outreach/ID_Theft_Passport_Application.pdf

 

Identity Theft Laws

While the ITRC does not give legal advice, we have provided a list of known identity theft laws that may help you.
We suggest that you share this information with an attorney or legal representative if you are going to pursue criminal or civil charges.

Law

What it Addresses

§18.2-186.3

Law outlining identity theft and personal identifying information (PII), the jurisdiction identity theft can be prosecuted in and the penalties after prosecution.

§18.2-152.5:1

§18.2-152.4

Defines phishing and how to prosecute. Defines the use of spyware to obtain personal identifying information (PII).

§18.2-192

§18.2-193

§18.2-194

§18.2-195

§18.2-197

Laws regarding illegal obtaining and use of payment card information.

§18.2-186.3:1

Law enforcement is required to take a report of identity theft from consumers.

§59.1-444.2

Proper and improper disposal of records and PII. Security Breach Laws.

§ 59.1-444.2

Law regarding security freezes for credit reports.

§18.2-196.1

Use of a scanning device to obtain PII or financial information.

 

 

State of North Carolina

The following state government agencies can provide information about any state-specific
identity theft situation and/or help you with any state-specific fraud.

Agency

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

North Carolina Attorney General

State credit/security freeze information

ncdoj.gov/getdoc/5ec7dfeb-a28e-4b26-92c2-42df5fa0c36e/Freeze-Your-Credit.aspx

Phone: (919) 716-6400 

NC Secretary of State

Contact for issues regarding state taxes. 

Website: www.sosnc.gov/Corporations/

NC Division of Motor Vehicles

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations.

Website:  www.ncdot.org/dmv/

License & Theft Bureau for cases of fraud: www.ncdot.gov/dmv/licensetheft/

NC State Office of Children and Family Services

Agency for welfare, foster care, disability, and social services.

Website: www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/dss

 

Specialty Resources

Resource

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

NC Criminal Identity Theft Expunctions

Paperwork to have charges resulting from criminal identity theft removed from your record.

Criminal Identity Theft Page: www.ncdoj.gov/Help-for-Victims/ID-Theft-Victims/Criminal-ID-Theft.aspx

Information Packet and Form: www.ncjustice.org/sites/default/files/Summary%20of%20NC%20
Expunctions%202016_0.pdf
 

 

Identity Theft Laws

While the ITRC does not give legal advice, we have provided a list of known identity theft laws that may help you.
We suggest that you share this information with an attorney or legal representative if you are going to pursue criminal or civil charges.

Law

What it Addresses

§14.113.20

§14-113.20A

§14.113.21

§14-113.23

Laws outlining identity theft and persona identifying information (PII), the jurisdiction identity theft can be prosecuted in and the penalties after prosecution.

§14-113.22

§1-539.2C

Restitution for victims, obtaining court documents and civil suits.

§75-64

§75-65

Proper and improper disposal of customer paper records. Laws regarding security breaches putting consumers at risk of identity theft.

§14-113.9

§14-113.10

§14-113.11

§14-113.13

Laws regarding the improper use of payment cards and the penalties for using and selling card information. Use of skimming and scanning devices to obtain information on financial cards.

15A-502

§15A-147

Laws regarding criminal identity theft and the removal of fraudulent charges.

§75-62

§75-66

Proper and improper transmission of social security numbers PII.

§75-63

Law regarding application and terms of a credit freeze.

§14-113.21A

Law enforcement officers are required to take any report of identity theft and provide a copy of the report to the complainant at no charge.

 

 

State of South Carolina

The following state government agencies can provide information about any state-specific
identity theft situation and/or help you with any state-specific fraud.

Agency

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs

State credit/security freeze information

doi.sc.gov/DocumentCenter/Home/View/2594

Phone:  (800) 922-1594

SC State Office of Victim Assistance

Offers assistance and information for victims of crime.

Phone: (800) 220-5370

Website: sova.sc.gov/contact.html

SC Secretary of State

Contact for issues regarding business, notaries, and charities. 

Website: sos.sc.gov/index.asp

SC Division of Motor Vehicles

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations

Website:  www.scdmvonline.com/

Report Fraud: www.scdmvonline.com/Fraud-Hotline

SC Department of Human Services

Agency for welfare, foster care, disability, and social services.

Website: dss.sc.gov/

 

Identity Theft Laws

While the ITRC does not give legal advice, we have provided a list of known identity theft laws that may help you.
We suggest that you share this information with an attorney or legal representative if you are going to pursue criminal or civil charges.

Law

What it Addresses

§16-13-510

Law outlining identity theft and personal identifying information (PII), the jurisdiction identity theft can be prosecuted in and the penalties after prosecution.

§16-14-20

§16-14-30

§16-14-40

§16-14-50

§16-14-60

Laws regarding illegal obtaining and use of payment card information.

Title 37 Chapter 20

Consumer Protection Code covers the following: Disposal of documents, security breaches and public display of PII, law enforcement must take a consumer’s report of identity theft, court records must reflect the innocence of an identity theft victim in the case of criminal identity theft and law regarding the application and terms for a credit freeze.

 

 

State of California

The following state government agencies can provide information about any state-specific
identity theft situation and/or help you with any state-specific fraud.

Agency

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

California Attorney General

State credit/security freeze information

www.oag.ca.gov/idtheft/facts/freeze-your-credit

Phone: (800) 952-5225

CA Secretary of State

Contact for questions regarding business identity theft.

Contact regarding fraudulent notarization documents or stolen notary license/stamps.

Contact to enroll in the Safe at Home program for domestic violence.

Website: www.sos.ca.gov/

Phone: (916) 653-6814

Specific Office Contacts: www.sos.ca.gov/administration/contact-information/

CA Department of Corrections

Clear up a false jail or prison sentence due to criminal identity theft.

Website: www.cdcr.ca.gov/

Phone: (916) 324-7308

 

California Department of Justice

 

Information on obtaining criminal records for clearing a criminal identity theft case.

Obtain an Identity Theft ID card after a criminal identity theft case has been cleared.

Request Criminal Records: oag.ca.gov/fingerprints/security 

Public Records Request: oag.ca.gov/consumers/general/pra

CA DMV Fraud Department

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations.

Report DL/ID Card fraud: (866) 658-5758

Website Information for Identity Fraud
 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CA Franchise Tax Board (Identity Theft)

Contact to clear identity theft involving state taxes

Website: www.ftb.ca.gov/online/Fraud_Referral/index.shtml

Identity Theft Hotline: (916) 845-7088

Identity Theft Affidavit:
www.ftb.ca.gov/forms/misc/3552.pdf

Report a Scam: (800) 852-5711

CA Department of Social Services

Contact for identity theft situations regarding welfare, food stamps, Medi-Cal and other social services.

Website: www.cdss.ca.gov/Contact-Us

Phone: (800) 952-5253

 

Specialty Resources

Resource

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

State Licensing Agencies

Report a lost/stolen professional license

Report the fraudulent use of a professional license by an impostor

Refer to your professional license.

CA Criminal Identity Theft Registry

For victims of criminal identity theft. To help clear their name if future fraud is attempted or occurs.

Website: oag.ca.gov/idtheft/facts/how-to-registry

Phone: (888) 880-0240

CA Safe at Home

Offers a free P.O. Box to victims of domestic violence and stalking so that they can maintain their privacy.

Website: www.sos.ca.gov/registries/safe-home/

 

Identity Theft Laws

While the ITRC does not give legal advice, we have provided a list of known identity theft laws that may help you.
We suggest that you share this information with an attorney or legal representative if you are going to pursue criminal or civil charges.

Law

What it Addresses

California Penal Code 1798.92-97

The main laws regarding identity theft in California.

California Penal Code Section 528 - 39

The laws explaining false impersonation in California.

California Penal Code Section 530.5-6

The right to file a police report of identity theft with your local police department or sheriff’s office, even if the crime was committed elsewhere.

California Penal Code Section 530.8;

Fair Credit Reporting Act Section 609(e) [15 United States Code § 1681g]

The right to copies of documents relating to fraudulent transactions or accounts created using your personal information

California Civil Code Sections 1785.16(k),1785.16.1, 1785.16.3, 1785.203(b);

Fair Credit Reporting Act Section 605B [15 United States Code § 1681c-2].

The right to have information resulting from identity theft removed (blocked) from your credit reporting agency files.

California Penal Code Section 1785.15.3(b)

In the state of CA, you can receive up to 12 free credit reports (one per month) with a police report.

California Civil Code Section 1798.11.2 

Laws pertaining to freezing a consumer’s credit reports in California. 

California Civil Code 1798-.78

A consumers rights regarding personal data

California Civil Code Section 1788.18.  

The right to stop debt collection actions related to a debt resulting from identity theft. Before resuming collection, the collector must make a good faith determination that the evidence does not establish that the consumer is not responsible for the debt.

California Civil Code Section 1798.93 

The right to bring an action or assert defense against anyone claiming a right to money or property in connection with a transaction resulting from identity theft.  Criminal identity theft victims have additional rights. 

California Penal Code Section 530.6

Criminal identity theft victims have the right to an expedited proceeding in Superior Court for getting a judge’s order finding that an individual is factually innocent. The judge may order the deletion, sealing, or labeling of records.

California Penal Code Sections 530.6-530.7

Identity Theft Victim Registry (criminal identity theft victims only)

 

SB 1386

Laws regarding information breaches and how an entity is to proceed in investigating, mitigating, informing potential victims and dispensing restitution if need be.

AB 1298

Medical Information Confidentiality, Security Freeze, Security Breach Notification

Cal. Civ. Code §§ 56.06, 1785.11.2, 1798.29, 1798. 82Cal. Civ. Code. §§ 1275-1289.5

SB 46AB 1149 (extends coverage to local agencies), AB 1710,  SB 24 

Law regarding a consumer’s health and medical information.

§ 17529,   § 17538.45

Laws regarding spam, how to regulate it and how to report it.

SB 641 Fair Debt Buying Practices Act.

Covers the selling of debts and the rights of a consumer if they do or do not receive notice of judgement for a debt.

 

 

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