Illinois Address Confidentiality Program
The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) provides a substitute address for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, and stalking to use instead of their home, school, or work addresses when interacting with State and local government agencies. These government agencies use the ACP substitute address when creating public records to help prevent perpetrators from using publicly available records to locate victims. The ACP and government agencies are not able to remove or delete information that already exists in public records, including addresses.
The ACP substitute address can be used by participants for creating or updating public records, such as for use on a driverís license or state-issued identification card.
This program can be a valuable addition to a safety plan, but it is not a substitute for a comprehensive safety plan. The ACP is not a witness protection program and it cannot assist with relocation or housing. Participants are strongly encouraged to work with an advocate to develop a safety plan. To locate an advocate, contact the Illinois Domestic Violence Helpline at (877) 863-6338 or visit https://icasa.org/crisis-centers to locate a Rape Crisis Center in your area.
There is no cost to enroll in the ACP and participants may voluntarily withdraw from the program at any time.
Eligibility Requirements to Enroll in the ACP
- An adult who 1) has good reason to believe they are a victim of domestic violence sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking and 2) fears for their own safety.
- A parent or guardian, acting on behalf of a minor child, or a legal guardian, acting on behalf of a person with a disability, who 1) has good reason to believe that the person they are acting on behalf of are a victim of domestic violence sexual assault, human trafficking, or stalking and 2) they fear for that personís safety.
- All applicants must live in Illinois.
The ACP does not require a police report or protective order as proof of the violence and an applicant is not required to have reported the violence to law enforcement.
Using the ACP Substitute Address
- State and local government agencies are required to accept the ACP substitute address as a participantís home, school, or work address when creating new public records. Participants can (and should) update their driverís license or state-issued identification card with the ACP substitute address. Certain exceptions do apply and at this time, the ACP is unable to ensure confidentiality for property records. Participants are encouraged to consult with an attorney or bank before purchasing real property to discuss safety options.
- Participants may also use the ACP substitute address for personal correspondence and with private entities. Please keep in mind that private businesses and organizations may use the address as your mailing address, but are not required to do so.
- All members of the ACP participantís household are strongly encouraged to participate in the program to protect the residential address the best.
- ACP staff will forward all First-Class Mail, including personal mail, bills, cards, letters, etc., sent to the ACP substitute address to participantsí mailing address. Pre-Sorted Standard Mail, including magazines, catalogs, credit card offers or junk mail are not forwarded unless the return address identifies the sender as a government agency, an educational institution, a healthcare provider or medical group, a health insurance company, or a law firm.
- Generally, ACP staff will only forward packages sent through the U.S. Post Office to participants. Upon enrollment, participants will receive information on making alternative arrangements to receive packages and exceptions to this package policy.
- When the ACP receives legal service on behalf of a participant, the court will consider a participant to have received notice, as if the participant received the service directly.
- A participant, who is otherwise qualified to vote, may register or reregister to vote by submitting the Illinois ACP Voter Registration Application they will find in their Welcome Materials folder to their local election authority.
- ACP participants must submit the ACP Voter Registration Application and vote by mail in order for local election authorities not to release their information to members of the public, as otherwise required by law.
- In order to vote confidentially in the 2022 General Election, your local election authority must receive a completed Illinois ACP Voter Registration Application by October 11, 2022.
- At this time, the ACP is unable to provide confidentiality for property records. Participants are encouraged to consult with an attorney or bank before purchasing property to explore the options of purchasing the property through a land trust or LLC.
Disclosure of an ACP Participantís Confidential Address
The ACP may not disclose a participantís confidential address, unless:
- The ACP determines that a government agency has a bona fide statutory or administrative requirement for the use of the confidential address (e.g. Local election authorities need a participantís residential address in order to mail the participant the correct Vote by Mail ballot.)
- A law enforcement official makes a written request for the information regarding an ongoing investigation.
- A court issues an order requiring the ACP to provide the information to a specific individual.
Applying for the ACP
For more information:
Contact the ACP at:
Illinois Address Confidentiality Program
Violence Prevention and Crime Victim Services Division
Office of the Illinois Attorney General, Kwame Raoul
100 W. Randolph St. 13th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
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