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The Resource Center Identity Theft & Protection | article

Four Identity Theft Prevention Tips for Teens Getting their Driver’s License

Getting a license is one of the most exciting experiences in the life of a teenager, though many are more worried about nailing that three-point turn than identity theft prevention. The truth is, it’s important to protect from identity theft the data that thieves could use to commit fraud and make a teen’s already difficult life significantly tougher before they even fill their first gas tank.

  1. When you go to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) you’ll need to carry sensitive documents like your Social Security card with you that display information that verifies you are, in fact, you. Be careful not to misplace these items so that they don’t fall into the hands of a thief.
  2. It is not uncommon for DMV employees to take advantage of their access to such delicate information and use it for personal gain. If you are suspicious about how an employee is handling your personal documents, speak up and alert an official – being quiet about potential fraud is poor identity theft prevention.
  3. In many states, the default practice for choosing the license number that appears on your state issued is your Social Security number. Request that you have a different code to protect from identity theft your personal information.
  4. Once you get your license, you are officially entering a database with thousands – millions really – of other individuals. Make sure that your information doesn’t get confused with another individuals, whether they have a similar name or Social Security number.