Address confidentiality program

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An address confidentiality program allows victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking or other types of crime to receive mail at a confidential address, while keeping their actual address undisclosed. This is usually done through the state's Secretary of State's address or some other address which will legally substitute the agency's address for the victim's physical address on public records.

According to the National Network to End Domestic Violence,

Address Confidentiality Programs (ACP) and Confidential Voter Listings are programs administered by the state enabling victims of domestic violence (and sometime victims of sexual assault and/or stalking) to participate in the voting process without fear of being found by their abusers. ACPs generally provide a substitute address for all public records. Confidential Voter Listings only provide confidentiality on election-related public records.

States with Confidential Address Programs[edit]


(link to state site)








Services [note 1]

Arizona yes yes yes yes 602-542-1653[1]
Arkansas no yes no no 510-682-7052[2]
California yes - by mail yes yes yes 877-322-5227[3]
Colorado yes yes yes yes 303-866-2208[4]
Connecticut yes yes yes yes multiple numbers

depending on location[5]

Delaware yes yes no info no info (800) 870-1790[6]
Florida yes - absentee yes no info no info (800) 226-6667[2]
Idaho yes yes yes yes (208) 332-2836[7]
Indiana yes - absentee no info no info no info (800) 321-1907[2]
Iowa yes - absentee no info no info no info (515) 281 0145[8]
Kansas yes yes yes yes (785) 296-3806[2]
Kentucky yes - absentee no no no (502) 564-3490[2]
Louisiana yes - absentee yes yes yes 800.825.3805[9]
Maine yes - absentee no info yes yes multiple numbers
Maryland yes yes yes no info 410-260-3875 [10]
Massachusetts yes yes yes no info 1-866-SAFE-ADD[11]
Minnesota yes - by mail separate application yes yes (866) 723-3035[2]
Mississippi yes yes yes no info (800) 829-6766[2]
Missouri yes yes yes yes (866) 509-1409[12]
Montana yes no info no info no info 1-800-498-6455[13]
Nebraska yes - early voting yes yes no info (866) 227-6327[14]
Nevada yes - absentee no info no info no info 888-432-6189[15]
New Hampshire yes - absentee yes yes yes (603) 271-1240[16]
New Jersey yes[17] no info no info no info 1 (877) 218-9133[18]
New Mexico yes - absentee no info no info no info 1-888-432-5469[19]
New York yes yes yes yes (855) 350-4595[20]
North Carolina yes yes yes yes (919) 716-6785[21]
Ohio yes - absentee yes yes yes (614) 995-2255[22]
Oklahoma yes - absentee yes yes yes (866) 227-7784[23]
Oregon yes yes yes yes 503-373-1323[24]
Pennsylvania yes yes yes yes 1.800.563.6399[25]
Rhode Island yes yes yes yes 1-877-218-9133[26]
Texas yes - by mail yes yes yes multiple numbers

depending on services[27]

Vermont yes - absentee yes yes yes 802-828-0586[28]
Virginia yes - limited confidentiality[29] yes yes yes 804-786-2071[30]
Washington yes no info no info yes (360) 753-2972[31]
West Virginia yes yes yes yes 1-866-767-8683[32]
Wisconsin yes - separate application[33] yes yes yes (608) 266-6613[34]

Bank Accounts and Address Confidentiality[edit]

The rules implementing the Bank Secrecy Act require a financial institution to implement a Customer Identification Program that includes procedures that enable it to form a reasonable belief that it knows the true identity of its customers. The rules also require that a financial institution obtain a residential or business street address from each customer. Unfortunately, the substitute address under an Address Confidentiality Program does not meet the standards.

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network issued a letter ruling to help the situation. The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network regulations also allow: "If the individual customer does not have a residential or business street address, then the rules permit the individual customer to provide a "residential or business street address of next of kin or of another contact individual."

In FIN-2009-R003, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network found: "A customer who participates in a state-created ACP shall be treated as not having a residential or business street address and a secretary of state, or other state entity serving as a designated agent of the customer consistent with the terms of the ACP, will act as another contact individual for the purpose of complying with FinCEN's rules. Therefore, a financial institution should collect the street address of the ACP sponsoring agency for purposes of meeting its CIP address requirement."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ marriage licenses, name changes, and child support are services offered by some states. Many states also let participants receive legal service documents.


  1. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program - Arizona Secretary of State".
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Address Confidentiality Programs".
  3. ^ "About Safe at Home - California Secretary of State".
  4. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program - DCS".
  5. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program".
  6. ^ "Address Confidentiality Programs - Public Contact Information - California Secretary of State".
  7. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program".
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  9. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  10. ^ "Safe At Home". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  11. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  12. ^ IT, Missouri Secretary of State -. "Safe at Home". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  13. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program - Montana Department of Justice". Montana Department of Justice. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  14. ^ "Nebraska Secretary of State". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  15. ^ "Nevada Secretary of State : Confidential Address Program". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  16. ^ "Address Confidentiality FAQ | Victim Services | NH Department of Justice". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  17. ^ "Privacy & Confidentiality". NJCEDV. 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  18. ^ "DCF - State of New Jersey".
  19. ^ "CAP Q & A". Retrieved 2018-02-07.
  20. ^ "NYSDOS Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  21. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  22. ^ "Safe at Home - Victims - Ohio Secretary of State". Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  23. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)". Oklahoma Attorney General. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  24. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) - Oregon Department of Justice". Oregon Department of Justice. Retrieved 2018-02-08.
  25. ^ "ACP FAQs". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  26. ^ "Privacy & Confidentiality". NJCEDV. 2015-09-08. Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  27. ^ "Crime Victims - The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)". Retrieved 2018-02-11.
  28. ^ "Safe at Home | Home | Vermont Secretary of State". Retrieved 2018-02-13.
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  30. ^ "Attorney General of Virginia". Retrieved 2018-02-12.
  31. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program - Washington Secretary of State". Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  32. ^ "Address Confidentiality Program". Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  33. ^ "Voting | Wisconsin Department of Justice". Retrieved 2018-02-13.
  34. ^ "Safe At Home | Wisconsin Department of Justice". Retrieved 2018-02-13.

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