New Banking Protection

Procedures are now in place following the 2009 federal ruling that allows some banks and credit unions to accept a "contact address" designated by the California Secretary of State's Safe at Home program rather than a program participant’s actual residence address when the participant applies for a bank account. For bank mail, participants can provide their Safe at Home post office box address.

When opening a new bank account or updating the address in an existing account, a Safe at Home participant must visit a local branch of the financial institution in person and show the Safe at Home identification card. After informing a bank representative of Safe at Home enrollment, the representative will contact the Safe at Home office for verification and a unique contact address than cannot be used anywhere else.

Further details about the procedures are at

The United States Department of Treasury ruling, which recognizes the need to protect victim anonymity while establishing the true identity of every bank customer, is at

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