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.

 

State of Florida

 

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Establishes Task Force To Combat Disaster Fraud And Urge The Public To Be Vigilant In Reporting Suspected Fraud 

 

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

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

State credit/security freeze information

www.freshfromflorida.com/Consumer-Resources/Scams-and-Fraud/Identity-Theft/Security-Freeze-Credit-Report

Consumer Assistance and Information Phone:
(800) HELP-FLA (800-435-7352)

FL Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

Contact for situations regarding Driver’s Licenses, vehicle registration and driving violations.

Website: www.flhsmv.gov/

List of Contacts by Department: www.flhsmv.gov/contact-us/

Report Driver’s License Fraud: (850) 617-2405

Website: www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/consumer-education/fraud/identity-theft-driver-license-fraud/ 

FL Department of Corrections

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

Website: www.dc.state.fl.us/

Phone: (850) 488-5021

FL Department of Children and Families

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

Website: www.dcf.state.fl.us/ess/ 

FL Department of Law Enforcement

Contact for clearing up criminal charges or records.

Website: www.fdle.state.fl.us/

Phone: (850) 410-7000

 

Specialty Resources

Resource

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Compromised Identity Services

A program to assist consumers concerned that their information may have been used in an arrest record

Website: www.fdle.state.fl.us/cms/Compromised-Identity-Services/CIS.aspx

Compromised Identity Review Claim Form: web.fdle.state.fl.us/intakeweb/formrenderer.xhtml?pageId=ci

Verify ID Flag

A flag placed on your driver’s license or state ID to inform law enforcement that somebody may be using your identity

Website: www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/consumer-education/fraud/identity-theft-driver-license-fraud/

 

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

§817.568

Identifies what is considered identity theft.

Court order to correct public records.

§817.59

Use of payment cards or card information.

§817.625

Use of skimming or scanning devices to record information.

Statute: 501.005

Law outlining how to apply for a credit freeze.

§817.5681

Law outlining notification in the event of a breach.

 

 

 

 

State of Arkansas (AR)

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

Arkansas Attorney General

State credit/security freeze information

arkansasag.gov/consumer-protection/identity/column-one/
security-freeze/

Phone Number: (501) 682-2007

Identity theft information page: arkansasag.gov/programs/
identity-theft/

AR Secretary of State

Contact for questions regarding business identity theft.

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

Website: www.sos.arkansas.gov/

Phone: (501) 682-1010

AR Department of Corrections

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

Website: www.arkansas.gov/doc/

Phone: (870) 267-6999

AR Department of Human Services

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

Website: humanservices.arkansas.gov/Pages/Resources.aspx

Fraud and Abuse Hotline (800) 422-6641

List of Specific Programs: humanservices.arkansas.gov/Pages/Hotlines.aspx 

AR Department of Finance and Administration

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations. Also handles state taxes and child support issues.

Website: www.dfa.arkansas.gov/Pages/default.aspx

 

Specialty Resources

Resource

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

Arkansas Identity Theft Passport

A card that a victim of financial identity fraud can carry with them in order to help prove their identity.

arkansasag.gov/consumer-protection/identity/column-one/identity-theft-passport-victim-id-card/

 

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

§ 5-37-227

Defines what is considered financial identity fraud and the penalties for committing this crime, not just against consumers but also against the elderly and disabled. Also addresses the victim’s right to restitution.  Amended to include unlawful possession of a skimmer.

ACA 5-36-103, 5-36-105, 5-36-106 and
5-37-207

Clarifies that the offenses of theft and fraudulent use of a credit card includes the unlawful use of credit card account numbers; and for other purposes.

§ 4-110

Consumer Protection Against Spyware Act covers laws governing spyware on computers and unauthorized collection and use of electronic data and personal identifying information (PII).

§ 5-41-103

Defines the criminal offenses of computer fraud and computer trespass.

§ 4-110-101 to 105

Personal Information Protection Act - to encourage individuals, businesses, and state agencies that acquire, own, or license personal information about the citizens of the State of Arkansas to provide reasonable security for the information.

Also covers the destruction of documents when no longer necessary and the disclosure of security breaches. 

§ 4-86-107

Prohibiting the misappropriate post or display of Social Security numbers.

§ 5-37-228

Requires that a law enforcement agency take a report from an individual claiming to be a victim of financial identity theft and give that person a copy of the report.

§ 4-112-101

AR Consumer Report Security Freeze Act

 

State of Georgia

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

Agency

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

Georgia Attorney General

State credit/security freeze information

ocp.ga.gov/consumer-topics/credit-freeze

Phone: (404) 656-3300

GA Department of Driver Services

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations.

Website: www.dds.ga.gov/
  

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

phone: (678) 413-8400 

GA Department of Corrections

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

Website: www.dcor.state.ga.us/

GA Bureau of Investigations: gbi.georgia.gov/

GA Department of Human Services

Contact for identity theft situations regarding welfare, child support, food assistance and other programs.

Website: dhs.georgia.gov

Phone: (844) 694-2347 

 

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

§16-9-120

Law outlining what is identity theft.

§16-9-123

Who has the authority to investigate identity theft.

§16-9-31

Use of payment cards for fraudulent purposes.

§ 16-9-109.1

Law regarding what is considered phishing.

§16-9-152

Law regarding spyware on electronic devices.

§10-15-2

Proper disposal of records and documentation.

§16-9-125.1

Mandatory police report law.

§10-1-911 through 912

Laws regarding security breaches.

§10-1-913 through 914

Laws governing freezing credit reports.

 

State of Ohio

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

Ohio Attorney General

State credit/security freeze information.

www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Consumers/Identity-Theft/Security-Breaches-and-Compromise-of-Personal-Infor

Phone: (800) 282-0515

Identity Theft Unit website:
www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Individuals-and-Families/Consumers/Identity-Theft

OH Secretary of State

Contact for issues regarding business, voting, and notary. 

Website: www.sos.state.oh.us/

OH Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations

Website: bmv.ohio.gov/

OH Department of Jobs and Family Services

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

Website:  jfs.ohio.gov/

Resource Sheet: jfs.ohio.gov/factsheets/IdentityTheft.stm

 

Specialty Resources

Resource

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

Instructions for challenging criminal history

Process for clearing fraudulent criminal charges on a consumer’s record.

www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Individuals-and-Families/Consumers/Identity-Theft/2013-10-09_AttachmentCriminalChallenge

Identity Theft Verification Passport

Document victims of criminal identity theft can carry and present to law enforcement to prove they have been victimized in the past.

For more information: www.ag.state.oh.us/victim/idtheft/index.asp

Fact Sheet: www.ag.state.oh.us/victim/idtheft/fact_sheet.pdf 

Passport Program Q&A: www.ag.state.oh.us/victim/idtheft/q_and_a.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

§2913.49

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

§1349.19

§1347.12

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

§2913.21

§2913.71

Laws regarding the improper use of payment cards and the penalties for using and selling card information.

§149.45

Proper and improper transmission of Social Security numbers.

§1349.52

Law regarding application and terms of a credit freeze.

 

State of Indiana

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

Indiana Attorney General

State credit/security freeze information

www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2411.htm

Phone: (317) 232-6201 

IN Department of Motor Vehicles

Issues Driver’s Licenses and vehicle registrations.

Website: www.state.in.us/bmv/ 

IN Department of Corrections

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

Website: www.in.gov/indcorrection/

IN Family and Social Services Administration

Agency for welfare, disability, and social services.

Website: in.gov/fssa/

Phone: (800) 403-0864


Specialty Resources

Resource

Reasons to Contact

Contact Information

IN Attorney General’s Identity Theft Unit

The AG’s Identity (ID) Theft Unit assists identity theft victims and provides investigative services to help promote the prosecution of ID thieves.

Website: www.in.gov/attorneygeneral/2413.htm

Phone: (800) 382-5516

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

 

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

IC 24-526-1

 

Laws outlining what is considered Identity theft and “identifying information" in the state of Indiana.

IC 35-32-2-1

Defines area of jurisdiction.

IC 35-43-5-2

Misuse and forging of government identification cards.

IC 35-43-5-4

Misuse and fraud using financial cards (credit cards).

IC 35-43-5-4.3

Using skimming devices to obtain information off of financial cards.

IC 24-4.8

Use of spyware to obtain personal identifying information (PII).

IC 4-1-10

Protection and use of Social Security Numbers.

IC 24-4-14

Proper disposal of PII.

IC 35-38-1-2.5

Court order correcting a victim’s record due to identity theft.

IC 24-5-24-9

Law outlining security freezing of credit reports and how a consumer can apply for it.

IC 4-1-11

Laws regarding security breaches and breach notification.

 

 

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