California Identity Theft Laws

Here is some basic information about California state identity theft laws and some contact information for your local agencies to get help. Please contact the proper officials if you’d like to get help from your local California agency or you can email us and we can try to put you in touch with a local attorney to guide through the process of helping you reclaim your identity. Please note that we only refer your information to an attorney and we are not directly involved with the process in any way.

Here at IdentitySecurely.com we want to make sure you have all the necessary information to guide you through the identity theft protection process.

A Mandatory Reporting State

Identity Theft laws in California

Credit Freeze Law in California

      • Freeze Law – California Civil Code sections 1785.10-1785.19.5 – 
 Effective Jan. 1, 2003, subsequently amended to cap fees on non-ID theft victims
            • No fee for victims to place the freeze, others pay up to $10 per freeze.
            • Caps fee to lift freeze at $10 for temporary lifting for a time, $12 for temporary lift for one creditor.
            • Place the freeze over the phone
                  • Equifax – 800-685-1111
                  • Experian – 888-397-3742
                  • TransUnion – 800-680-7289 1.    Freeze Law – California Civil Code sections 1785.10-1785.19.5

California Department of Justice Attorney General’s Office states that victims of identity theft with a police report are entitled to one free credit report per agency per month for up to twelve (12) months after the date their police report was filed. oag.ca.gov/idtheft/facts/victim-checklist To apply for these reports, write to each of the credit reporting agencies.

      • Enclose:
            • a copy of the police report of identity theft
            • a copy of a government-issued identification card (such as driver’s license, state or military ID)
            • a copy of proof of current mailing address (utility bill, bank or insurance statement showing name, current mailing address, and date of issue)
            • A cover letter containing your full name including middle initial (and generation such as Jr., Sr., II, III), previous addresses for the past two years, Social Security number and date of birth.
      • Experian:
Make a single request to receive all of your free monthly reports. Mail your request for 12 free monthly reports to:
            • Experian 
P.O. Box 9554
Allen, TX 75013.
      • TransUnion:
Write or call in your request each month. Mail to:
            • TransUnion
 P. O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
      • Equifax:
Write or call in your request each month.
            • Mail to: Equifax Fraud Department 
P.O. Box 740250
Atlanta, GA 30374.

Contacts in California

      • 1300 I St., Ste. 1740, Sacramento, CA 95814
      • Phone: (916) 445-9555
      • Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs
      • Identity Theft Unit
      • Phone: (800) 593-8222 (option 5)
      • This Department can help L.A. County residents who are victims of identity theft deal with creditors, collection agencies, etc. This is a resource for victims to help restore their finances back to normal.
      • CA Department of Corrections
      • Phone: 866-275-2677
      • CA Secretary of State
      • Phone: 916-653-6814
      • CA DMV Fraud Department
      • Phone / Local: 866-658-5758
      • Phone / Out of State: 916-657-2274
      • CA Identity Theft Registry
      • (for victims of Criminal Identity Theft)
      • Board of Registered Nursing
      • Phone: 916-455-4171
      • CA Department of Social Services
      • Phone: 916-651-8848

CA Franchise Tax Board (Identity Theft)

Franchise Tax Board
 ID

Theft Resolution Coordinator MS A421

PO BOX 2952
Sacramento, CA 95812-2952

Phone: 916-845-3669

Fax: 916-843-0561

Website: https://www.ftb.ca.gov/individuals/id_theft.shtml


Franchise Tax Board Identity Theft Affidavit FTB 3552

Other Resources

  • Equifax

P.O. Box 740241, Atlanta, GA 30374-0241
Phone: (800) 525-6285
Website: equifax.com

  • Experian

P.O. Box 9701, Allen, TX 75013-0949
Phone: (888) 397-3742
Website: experian.com

  • TransUnion

P.O. Box 6790, Fullerton, CA 92834
Phone: (800) 680-7289
Website: transunion.com

  • FTC


The FTC also provides helpful information regarding limiting unwanted calls and emails; computer security; kid’s online safety; protecting your identity; and repairing identity theft.

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/topics/privacy-identity


  • Annual Free Credit Report

annualcreditreport.com
877-322-8228
Annual Credit Report Request Service, P.O. Box 105281, Atlanta, GA 30348-5281

  • National Conference of State Legislatures

www.ncsl.org/research/financial-services-and-commerce/identity-theft-state-statutes.aspx