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What is
lost or stolen identification?

Lost or stolen identification includes any document that contains critical information about your identity. Some examples are a state-issued driver's license or ID, federally issued social security card and a United States passport, birth certificate, student ID card, military ID, green card, government visa, liquor identification card, voter's registration card, credit and debit cards, professional certifications, and other types of official and verifiable documents.

What is lost or stolen identification?
Driver's License

Driver's License

A lost or stolen driver's license could be used for identity theft. It contains all the critical information about you, such as your name and address, DOB, signature, physical characteristics, and other vital details. Identity thieves like to steal driver's license information because it gives them an easy way to perpetrate fraud and different types of identity theft.

US Passport

U.S. Passport

Any documents issued by the Department of State, such as a United States passport or passport card, are very important to keep track of to ensure that any incidents that concern them are resolved quickly. To ensure that lost or stolen U.S. passports do not result in some form of identity theft, we recommend that you scan your passport number for any associated breaches.

Birth Certificate

Birth Certificate

Identity thieves like to steal birth certificate information because it gives them all the necessary details to conduct fraud or identity theft. The birth certificate is the first identification document that is issued shortly after the birth of any person. A birth certificate includes important records about the person and must be safeguarded to protect you from identity theft and other threats.

Social Security Card

Social Security Card

Identity thieves often target the Social Security Administration and their records, such as issued SSNs and SSN cards with related personal information and data. Since the social security number has become almost a universal method of identification throughout the United States, you must keep it safe and scan your information for any associated breaches and exposures.

Institutional & Private ID cards

Institutional & Private ID cards

Besides a driver's license, many states and jurisdictions issue their own identification cards that can be used to verify your identity. Those types of cards include non-driver's license identification documents, ID cards, student ID cards, liquor cards, tribal IDs, medical cards, library cards, regional ID documents, and other personal identity documents.

Military IDs

Military IDs

Members of the military and employees of the Department of Defense also receive special identity documents based on their rank and status. Children and adult dependents of service members, department employees, and some contractors are also issued military ID cards. It's imperative to report any incidents where your identity documents are lost or stolen and check for any associated breaches or exposures online.

Green Card, Visas, & Immigration IDs

Green Card, Visas, & Immigration IDs

Identity thieves also like to go after a variety of personally identifiable documents issued by the federal government to steal your identity. Those types of identification documents may include a green card or a permanent resident card, travel or work visa, business or personal immigration documents, and other personal ID forms.

Financial, IRS, & Medical Cards

Financial, IRS, & Medical Cards

There are many other types of identity documents that can be lost or stolen and result in some form of identity theft. Those documents include credit and debit cards, a voter's registration card, health insurance card, tax ID card, Medicare card, insurance documents, utility bills, deeds, trusts, marriage/divorce certificates, and official and verifiable identification documents.

How Can Lost or Stolen Identification Cause Identity Theft?

Exposed Personal Profile

Almost every kind of official identity document has critical information about you and your identity. Identity thieves like to steal this type of information because it makes it easy for them to commit identity fraud or related identity theft. To check if your personal profile has already been exposed, run one of our free scans now.

Stolen Credentials

Many forms of identity theft can result from your personal information being leaked or stolen from your identity documents. Stolen credentials may be found in automotive insurance cards, health insurance documents, license documents, utility bills, deeds of ownership, medical cannabis cards, W-2 forms, tax statements, and many other documents.

Financial Fraud

When your personal identification is either lost or stolen, there is always a chance that an identity thief may get a hold of your information and try to commit identity fraud or identity theft. The most common types of identity fraud that can result from lost or stolen identification may include fraudulent accounts, financial scams, bank account takeovers, insurance scams, and other types of activity.

Account Takeovers

License documents, deeds of ownership, proof of residence or address, W-2 and tax statements, medical cards, professional licenses, and vital personal records such as marriage and divorce documents can be lost or stolen and might result in identity theft. Criminals use this information to take over banking, or other financial accounts that you may have, to commit additional fraud for financial gain.

Membership Fraud

To take advantage of unsuspecting customers, many identity thieves would try to breach private services and institutions for their customer records that might include membership ID cards, private social and athletic club IDs, loyalty cards issued by private companies, professional organization IDs, private association identifications, and other types of customer records, profiles, and data.

Health Insurance / Medical Fraud

Identity theft may happen when important health or medical identity documents become lost or stolen. A privately issued health insurance card is an essential piece of personal identification to protect and monitor for any associated breaches. Also, a government-issued medical ID card, such as Medicare card, is a frequent target for identity thieves because they contain critical personally identifiable information.

Popular Questions About Lost or Stolen Identification

What are the most common types of identity documents?

The most common types of identity documents include a driver's license, passport, state ID cards, school or student IDs, professional licenses and officially issued certificates, IRS and tax documents and records, police records and identification papers, and some other types of documents.

What types of other identity documents exist?

Liquor ID cards, employer IDs, university cards, voter registration cards, credit and debit cards, proof of professional certification, proof of auto insurance, health insurance cards, library cards, press passes, local permits, utility records, deeds, tax statements, and other types of identification papers and public records.

What is the most crucial identification to protect?

Two of the most important pieces of identification to protect are your driver's license and SSN card. Your driver's license has a lot of current information about you and your identity, and the social security card has your full social security number on it. This type of personally identifiable information is most important to try to protect from being lost, stolen, exposed, or leaked.

Can I check if my identification information was breached?

Yes, you can run one of our free scans, such as driver's license, passport, or SSN scans to find out if your personal information was found as part of a data breach, account leak, posted public records event, or any other identity records incident that might affect your profile.

What is a personal identification breach?

Whenever we find on the Internet a combination of some of your personally identifiable information, together with a record that matches one of your identification documents, it is considered a breach of your personal information. We recommend scanning your records to see if you already had any associated data breaches or exposures.

What are some examples of state-issued IDs?

Some examples of state-issued identity documents include driver's licenses, issued by each state's Department of Motor Vehicles, liquor identification cards, professional certifications and degrees, insurance cards, state tax identifications, marriage certificates, divorce decrees, state employment documents, and other forms of ID.

What are some examples of federally issued IDs?

Some of the examples of federally issued identity documents include passports or passport cards, military IDs, IRS and tax identification documents, immigration documents such as green cards, visas, and travel IDs, social security cards, federal professional licenses, and other federally recognized forms of personal identification and records.

What are some examples of privately issued IDs?

Some of the examples of privately issued identity documents include internal identification cards, issued by a person's employer, university, or school, credit and debit cards, auto insurance cards, health insurance cards, library cards, access passes, professional licenses, clinic, doctor, or hospital records and other forms of identity documents.

Can I check if my information is compromised?

Yes, use one of our free scans to quickly check if your personal information has been involved or is reported as part of a data breach or other identity incident. You'll also see all exposed records and details that are publicly available about you online.

How can I protect myself from identity theft?

No service can help protect against all forms of identity theft. Checking your personal information for breaches and exposures, and signing up for identity and credit monitoring may help prevent some types of identity theft and give you an upper hand when dealing with certain identity theft situations.