THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF PENNSYLVANIA
INTRODUCED BY BROWNE, ORIE, BOSCOLA, STACK, BAKER, GORDNER, FONTANA, ALLOWAY, COSTA, RAFFERTY, WOZNIAK, GREENLEAF, MELLOW, KASUNIC, STOUT, BRUBAKER, LOGAN, O'PAKE, PILEGGI, EARLL, CORMAN, FERLO AND WONDERLING, MARCH 2, 2009
REFERRED TO JUDICIARY, MARCH 2, 2009
Establishing the Identity Theft Prevention and Restoration
The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
hereby enacts as follows:
Section 1. Short title.
This act shall be known and may be cited as the Identity
Theft Prevention and Restoration Act.
Section 2. Establishment.
There is established the Identity Theft Prevention and
Restoration Program within the Office of Attorney General. The
program shall include the following:
(1) The development and distribution of information on
the prevention of identity theft to the public.
(2) The development and distribution of information on
the restoration of personal information, including credit
card numbers, bank accounts, insurance information and Social
(3) The development of an identity restoration program.
Section 3. Identity restoration program.
(a) Components.--The identity restoration program
established under section 2(3) shall include:
(1) Step-by-step instructions on how to alert creditors,
financial institutions, insurance companies, government
agencies and other entities of identity theft.
(2) The issuance of identity theft identification cards
to enable an individual to demonstrate that the individual
has been the victim of identity theft.
(3) Access to an Internet website to transmit the
application and police report to the Office of Attorney
(4) The provision of Internet websites and toll-free
telephone numbers of credit reporting agencies, services to
remove a name from mailing lists and other appropriate
(b) Issuance.--The following shall apply to the issuance of
an identity theft identification card under subsection (a)(2):
(1) To be eligible for an identity theft identification
card, an individual shall do all of the following:
(i) Report the crime to law enforcement.
(ii) File an application for an identity theft
identification card and a police report with the Office
of Attorney General.
(2) An application under paragraph (1)(ii) shall include
all of the following:
(i) The victim's name, address, telephone numbers
and driver's license or State ID card number.
(ii) The reporting law enforcement officer's name,
agency name, telephone number and date of report.
(iii) The victim's signature under oath affirming
the accuracy of the information.
(iv) The victim's fingerprint and photograph.
(3) The Office of Attorney General shall do all of the
(i) Verify the information in the application and
(ii) Issue an identification card with unique
identification number for the individual.
(iii) Provide security measures to ensure the
reliability of the identity restoration program.
(iv) Develop a website to transmit applications and
police reports directly to the Office of Attorney
Section 4. Implementation.
The Office of Attorney General shall develop the application,
websites and other components of the Identity Theft Prevention
and Restoration Program within six months of the effective date
of this section.
Section 20. Effective date.
This act shall take effect in 60 days.