Info Sheet: Credit Freeze Laws for Protected Consumers
To date, 33 states have passed laws for allowing consumers to place a freeze on credit reports for protected consumers. The definition of a protected consumer differs by state but generally includes children under 18 years old or children under 16 years old, and any individual who has a legal guardian or conservator. While most states allow you to place a freeze if a credit report already exists due to identity theft, the following 33 states will allow you to create a credit report for your child proactively when no credit report exists, then freeze it:
- New York
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
The National Conference of State Legislatures has a chart that lists each state and the corresponding laws/fees. Please note that most states allow for no fees if the individual requesting a freeze (or his/her parent or guardian) can prove he/she is a victim of identity theft. If you have questions about checking to see if your child has a credit report and how to freeze a report with each credit reporting agency, read our how-to here.
Due to Senate Bill 2155, as of September 21, 2018 residents in all 50 states will be able to place a credit freeze on their, and their child’s, credit report and request that a credit report for a protected consumer (which includes children under the age of 16) be created and frozen if a credit report does not exist.
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