The Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) exists to protect victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, and other crimes from their abusers being able to track and locate them, potentially putting them in continued harm’s way.

The program gives victims a legal substitute address where their first-class mail will be forwarded (free of charge) to their actual address. This substitute address can legally be used whenever an address is required by public agencies.

NEW YORK

VictimsVoice Privacy LogoVictims Covered

  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Human Trafficking

Applicable Records

  • Driver’s License
  • Voter Registration
    • NYC – this is separate from the ACP, but processed with your order of protection by the courts.
    • Scroll below for step-by-step instructions and links to the appropriate forms.
  • Public School Records
  • Court Records
  • Social Security Cards

Managing Agency

Address Confidentiality Program
P.O. Box 1110
Albany, NY 12201-1110
(518) 474-7306
Toll-Free (855) 350-4595
ACP@dos.ny.gov

State Website

CLICK HERE for eligibility, process, and more information.

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NYC PROCESS FOR APPLYING

  1. Obtain the necessary forms – www.nycourts.gov/forms/familycourt
  2. Click on “Family Offense” in the left menu (8th choice)
  3. Scroll down to form # 8.2 Petition (Family Offense) and download the file type of your choice (PDF, DOCX, WPD) to complete it.
  4. Go back to the Main Menu – www.nycourts.gov/forms/familycourt
  5. Click on “General” in the left menu (the top choice)
  6. Scroll down to form # GF-21 Address Confidentiality Affidavit and download the file type of your choice (PDF, WPD) to complete it.
  7. Submit that form to the application address (in your county) and once it is entered, you can take that affidavit to the Board of Elections as described here – CLICK HERE.

Note: You must petition the courts for your voter registration address to be suppressed at the time of the Protective Order and ACP process for you to get the order to submit to the Board of Elections. If you have questions or need further clarification, refer to the important links below.

IMPORTANT LINKS


*Information in the "Policy" section does not constitute as legal advice. Please consult an attorney for any and all legal advice.
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