Everything You Need to Know About Driver License Identity Theft
Did you know that more than a quarter of U.S. citizens have experienced some form of identity theft in their lifetime? More specifically, 33% have reported identity theft to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). This criminal action comes in many forms, including credit card fraud, social security theft, and driver license identity theft.
Fighting these thefts can be one of the most time-consuming and challenging experiences of one's life. Fortunately, DoNotPay has a featured Identity Theft product for these cases specifically. This way, you don't have to navigate the consequences of some of the most common fraud issues by yourself.
What Is Driver License Identity Theft?
A driver’s license identity theft case can consist of one or more of the following:
- Stealing someone else's driver's license and using it for themselves.
- Using someone else's identity information on their own driver's license (typically with their own picture).
- Copying someone else's driver's license exactly and using it as their own (including a picture if similar in facial features).
Criminals often resort to driver's license identity theft when committing a crime and are intent on hiding their true identity if caught (i.e., the police will show up at your house as opposed to the criminal's) OR intend to hide their own identity temporarily.
It's also common for criminals to use someone else's driver's license to access that person's personal and financial belongings such as bank accounts, credit cards, subscriptions, etc.
Signs You May Be a Victim of Driver License Identity Theft
The key to reporting identity theft is early detection.
Arguably one of the most difficult forms of identity theft to identify, driver license theft typically doesn't get noticed until all the damage has been done. According to Norton, the problem isn't when your I.D. is stolen or lost since you become aware of it almost immediately and report it.
The problem is when your license comes up in a data breach without your knowledge, leading to the criminal opening and creating one or more of the following in your name:
- Credit cards
Fortunately, there are some signs to look out for. For instance, receiving notices from the unemployment department despite never applying, being contacted by your local DMV or insurance company, notifications of missed court dates, or felony charges under your name.
Essentially, you want to look out for anything out of the ordinary.
How to Report Driver License Identity Theft on Your Own
There are identity theft protection companies you can work with to prevent being a victim of identity theft — but they're not often as useful for cases where the crime has already happened.
If you're confident that you have become a victim of driver's license identity theft — or any theft, for that matter — you should file a police report and contact the Federal Trade Commission as soon as possible.
To report the crime to your local police department, you need to:
- Prove your identity via a photo I.D. or passport.
- Have proof of address, such as bills sent to your home with your name on them.
- Provide evidence of identity theft with statements, credit reports, etc.
- Detail your experience as clearly as possible.
To report the crime to the FTC, you'll need to:
- Fill out a full report of your identity theft case
- Read through their provided recovery plan for options on moving forward with the case.
- Contact them by
|Going to the FTC's official website||IdentityTheft.gov|
|Calling the FTC directly||1-877-FTC-HELP|
Reporting Driver License Identity Theft With DoNotPay
Doing it yourself isn't your only option. To report your driver’s license identity theft problem to the FTC with DoNotPay, follow these three steps:
- Search "identity theft" on DoNotPay and select the type of incident you would like to report.
- Tell us more about the incident that occurred, including the location, date, time, financial loss, and any suspect information you may have.
- We'll identify whether you should file an FTC report, contact the IRS, freeze your credit report, contact state agencies, or file a police report. Once we guide you through the best options, we'll automatically submit the reports on your behalf.
What Else Can DoNotPay Do for Me With the Identity Theft Product?
- File a police report.
- Report your identity theft case to the Federal Trade Commission.
- Freeze your credit reports if you notice any foreign accounts/charges.
- Create alerts for fraudulent activity with credit bureaus.
- Sue for identity theft.
In the meantime, you may also use our platform for other tasks such as
- renewing your car registration
- waiving unfair college fees
- fighting/reporting concert scams
- getting compensated for robocalls