How do I regain my identity if all my identification was stolen?
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The following documents are required to obtain a replacement social security card. The documents must be originals or copies certified by the issuing agency. Uncertified or notarized photocopies will not be accepted and will be returned.
1. "Application for a Social Security Card" Form SS-5 is available for download. You can also obtain Form SS-5 by calling 1-800-772-1213 or visiting your local Social Security office.
2. Identity: Proof of identity in the name you want shown on the card must be provided. The document must be recently issued and should contain a photograph. A non-photo identity document might be accepted if it has enough information to identify you (e.g.,your name as well as your age, date of birth, or parents' names). A birth certificate or hospital birth record is not acceptable as evidence of identity. Some documents that can be accepted as proof of identity are:
· Driver's license
· Marriage or divorce record
· Military records
· Adoption record
· Life insurance policy
· Health Insurance card (not a Medicare card)
· School ID card
There are various entities that house birth and adoption information. They are, but are not limited to:
* Court that granted the adoption (court records)
* State Department of Health-Bureau of Vital Statistics (original birth certificate)
* Child-Placing Agency, if one was used (agency record)
Requests for birth or adoption certificate forms are often submitted to the county office in charge of vital statistics records, such as the Department of Public Health or Bureau of Vital Statistics. Procedures vary by jurisdiction for requesting a copy of an adoption certificate. Requests may need to be made at the local court where the adoption was finalized. If an adoption agency was used, records may also be obtained there.
Acts committed in connection with identity theft or fraud may also involve violations of other statutes such as identification fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1028), credit card fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1029), computer fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1030), mail fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1341), wire fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1343), or financial institution fraud (18 U.S.C. § 1344). These federal offenses are felonies that carry substantial penalties in some cases, as high as 30 years' imprisonment, fines, and criminal forfeiture.
If your driver's license has been lost or stolen, you should report it to the local police. The Department of Motor Vehicles does not take any legal action in these cases unless there is reason to suspect that there is fraudulent use of this license.
To obtain a replacement for your regular Class D passenger vehicle license, you may complete the transaction online at the http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/default.aspx?n=home . Replacement credentials for identification cards, beginner’s permits, or commercial driver’s licenses are not available online at this time. If you choose to go to a DMV office you must complete Form DL-49, Lost or Surrendered Driver’s License, and Form 447, Application for South Carolina Credential. Additional documentation may be required to obtain more than one replacement license in a 12-month period.