State of Texas

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

Texas Attorney General

State credit/security freeze information

Website: www.oag.state.tx.us/

Fight Identity Theft Website: www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/identitytheft

TX Secretary of State

Contact for issues regarding state taxes, gun permits, and employment. 

Website: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/

TX Department of Public Safety

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations

Website: www.txdps.state.tx.us 

Identity Theft Information Guide: www.dps.texas.gov/DriverLicense/idtheft/idtheft2.htm

TX Department of Family and Protective Services

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

Website: www.dfps.state.tx.us/

 

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

Penal Code §32.51

Business & Commerce Code §48.101

Code of Criminal Procedure: §13.29

Code of Criminal Procedure: §12.01

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

Penal Code: §32.31

Penal Code: §32.32

Business & Commerce: §35.64

Laws regarding illegal obtaining and use of payment card information.

Code of Criminal Procedure: §2.29

Law enforcement is required to take a report of identity theft for any consumer.

Business & Commerce: §35.60

Use of a scanning device to obtain financial information for fraudulent purposes.

Business & Commerce: §48.001 through 005

§48.001 to 48.102

Definition of phishing for the purposes of identity theft. Use of spyware software to obtain PII.

Business & Commerce Code: §35.585

Finance Code: §392.303

A victim cannot be discriminated against obtaining a credit card solely on the fact that they are a victim of identity theft. Creditors cannot continue to peruse a victim of identity theft for payment after being notified and receiving a police report.

Business & Commerce: 35.58

Business & Commerce: §35.581

Limits the transmission and posting of Social Security numbers.

Business & Commerce: §48.102

Business & Commerce: §48.103

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

Business & Commerce Code: §35.595

What banks are and are not required to do and who they are required to notify in the case of check fraud and identity theft.

Business & Commerce Code: §20.034-039

Business & Commerce Code: §20.031-033

Laws regarding security freezes for credit reports.
Consumers can place a security alerts on their credit reports.

Business & Commerce Code: §48.202

Code of Criminal Procedure: §2.28

Court order to be declared a victim of identity theft due to fraudulent criminal charges. Law enforcement is required to notify a victim of criminal identity theft if that person’s information is given. They are also required to inform the Texas Department of Criminal Justice if a thief is using a known victim’s identity.

 

 

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