Safe at Home Program Legislation History



SB 489: Program Implementation.
Enacted in 1998. Established an address confidentiality program for victims of domestic violence and allowed for voter records and marriage application confidentiality.

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Internal Procedure, Confidential SMOG Check.
Established January 20, 2000, a correspondence agreement between the Safe at Home, Address Confidentiality Program and the Bureau of Automotive Repair to perform SMOG tests without disclosure of confidential addresses by providing an alternate zip code to program participants.

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AB 205:Confidential Name Changes.
Enacted in 2000. Allowed victims enrolled in the Safe at Home program to qualify for confidential name changes through the California Superior Court system. AB 205 Full Text
 

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SB 1318: Addition of Stalking Victims.
Enacted in 2000. Allowed victims of Stalking to be eligible for enrollment in the Safe at Home program. SB 1318 Full Text

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AB 797: Addition of Reproductive Health Care Services Personnel and Patients.
Enacted in 2002. Established an Address Confidentiality program for Reproductive Health Care Services Personnel (providers, employees, volunteers and patients). AB 797 Full Text
 

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AB 184: Vehicle Records Suppression.
Enacted in 2003. Participants in the Safe at Home Program became entitled to have their registration or driver’s license record suppressed from other persons, except as specified, if those persons request the suppression and submit to the department a program participant certificate or identification card issued by the Secretary of State. AB 184: Full Text
 

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AB 2169: Extends Safe at Home program life until 2013.
Enacted in 2006. Amended and repealed Sections 6211 and 6217 of the Government Code, extending the life of the Safe at Home program until 2013. AB 2169: Full Text
 

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SB 1062: Addition of Sexual Assault Victims.
Enacted in 2006. Allowed victims of Sexual Assault to be eligible for enrollment in the Safe at Home program. SB 1062: Full Text

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SB 1743: Name Change - Confidential name change petitioner's prior name not longer published.
Enacted in 2006. Amended existing law requiring the courts to not publish the prior name of a person petitioning for a Confidential Name Change in the newspaper or on indexes. SB 1743: Full Text
 

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AB 603: Extends Voter Registration Confidentiality until 2013.
Enacted in 2007. Amended Section 2166.5 of the Elections Code, extending confidential voter registration eligibility for participants until 2013. AB 603: Full Text
 

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AB 2304: Additional Name Change Confidentiality procedures.
Enacted in 2008. Requires the court to keep confidential the current legal name of the petitioner and prohibit that name from being published in the court’s calendars, indexes, or register of actions by any means or in any public forum, including a hardcopy or an electronic copy, or any other type of public media or display when the petition for a change of name of a participant in the address confidentiality program alleges a specified reason or circumstance. Authorizes a petitioner to request that the records be sealed and requires the Judicial Council to develop, on or before January 1, 2010, rules of court and forms for that purpose. AB 2304: Full Text
 

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SB 1233: Made the Safe at Home program permanent.
Enacted January 1, 2011. Amended Section 2166.5 of the Elections Code and Section 6206.5 of the Government Code, and repealed Section 6211 and 6217 of the Government Code, making the California Safe at Home program permanent and allowing for the archival of confidential name change records. SB 1233: Full Text

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SB 636: Personal Information: Internet disclosure prohibition.
Enacted January 1, 2012. Prohibits the malicious disclosure of Safe at Home program participant personal information on the Internet. Allows a program participant to submit to an Internet company an opt-out form that prevents the company from posting the his or her personal information online. Allows a violation of these provisions to be a punishable crime. Amended Sections 6206.5, 6206.7, 6208, 6215.3, 6215.4 and 6215.7 of, and added Sections 6208.1, 6208.2, and 6218.1 to, the Government Code. SB 636: Full Text

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AB 2483: Victims of Stalking: Address Confidentiality.
Enacted January 1, 2013. Removed the requirement for specific attached evidence for an application alleging the basis is stalking, and instead makes the inclusion of that evidence permissive. Amended Section 6206 of the Government Code. AB 2483: Full Text
 

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SB 1082: Protection of Victims: Address Confidentiality.
Enacted January 1, 2013. Requires participants to be domiciled in California, as specified, in order to apply for the program. Authorizes a minor program participant, who reaches 18 years of age during
his or her enrollment, to renew as an adult, as specified. Authorizes the Secretary of State to refuse to renew a program participant’s certification if the adult program participant or the parent or guardian acting on behalf of a minor or incapacitated person has abandoned his or her domicile in this state. Modifies the Secretary of State’s authority to terminate a program participant’s certification and authorizes the office of the Secretary of State to refuse to handle or forward packages for program participants. Amended Sections 6205.5, 6206, 6206.5, 6206.7, 6207, 6215.1, 6215.2, 6215.3, 6215.4 and 6215.5 of the Government Code. SB 1082: Full Text
 

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AB 849: Protection of Victims of Elder and Dependent Adult Abuse.
Effective January 1, 2014. Authorizes the Safe at Home application to be completed at a community‑based assistance program that serves victims of elder or dependent adult abuse, as specified. Also requires the Secretary of State to conduct outreach activities to identify and recruit state and local agencies and nonprofit agencies that provide counseling and shelter services to victims, as specified. Amended Section 6206 of the Government Code. AB 849: Full Text
 

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AB 1121: Gender identity: Petition for Change of Name.
Effective January 1, 2014. The amendments made by this bill do not primarily affect Safe at Home participants unless they have sought a change in gender identity. However, one section pertaining to Safe at Home participants in general, Section 1277(b)(4) of the Code of Civile Procedure, was amended so that a Superior court may, at the request of the petitioner, issue an order reciting the name of the petitioner at the time of the filing of a name change petition and the new legal name of the petitioner as a result of the court’s granting of the petition. The primary changes to the law implemented by this bill provide that if a petition for a change of name is sought to conform the petitioner’s name to his or her gender identity, and no timely objection is filed, the court is required to grant the petition without a hearing. It exempts the petition action from a specified publication requirement. It authorizes a court, at the request of the petitioner, to issue an order reciting the name of the petitioner as a result of the court’s granting of the petition. It requires the State Registrar to issue a new birth certificate reflecting a change of sex without a court order for any person born in the state who has undergone clinically appropriate treatment for the purpose of gender transition and submits to the State Registrar an affidavit of a physician attesting that the person has undergone that treatment, as specified. Upon receipt of the documentation and a prescribed fee, the State Registrar is required to establish a new birth certificate reflecting the person’s sex and any change of name, if applicable. Amended Sections 1277 and 1278 of the Code of Civil Procedure, and added Section 103426 to the Health and Safety Code. AB 1121: Full Text
 

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