Submit a completed blue Change of Information Form indicating your changes and mail it to Safe at Home. Be sure to include your signature on the form. If you do not have a Change of Information Form, please refer to page 7 of your Safe at Home Information Packet or call our office.
No. Minnesota's address confidentiality program is only for people who live in Minnesota.
There are approximately 30 states with address confidentiality programs. More than likely, if you were a participant of Minnesota's program you would be eligible to join another state's program. We encourage you to research whether the state you are thinking of moving to has a program if you desire the type of security an address confidentiality program provides. Feel free to call Minnesota's Safe at Home office for assistance.
Because it is not safe.
You are in an address confidentiality program for serious safety reasons. We cannot risk forwarding a package to you that contains a tracking device, nor can we risk the safety of Safe at Home staff or the confidential location of the Safe at Home office.
Do not give your real address to your bank.
The federal government has given financial institutions a directive that they are not to capture the real addresses of banking customers who are participants of Safe at Home. Your bank or credit union should be aware of the (other) physical address they should document to accommodate the requirements of the PATRIOT Act. If they do not know this, you or your bank should call the Safe at Home office during regular business hours and the Safe at Home State Program Administrator will give them the information they need in place of your real physical address.
Take your Safe at Home card with you to your bank when you go to change the personal information on your account, just in case you need to call the Safe at Home office if you encounter a problem.
Minnesota law requires everyone to accept your Safe at Home address as your real address. Most likely, the person telling you they are required to get your real address is just following a standard procedure that they typically follow. But, that standard procedure needs to be altered to accommodate the fact that you are a Safe at Home participant. They are required by law to do so.
Aside from utility companies needing your address to provide your service*, the only reason you can be required to disclose your real address is if there is a federal law requiring you to disclose it. This is because federal law always supersedes state law.
*Be sure to set up your utilities as advised by Safe at Home.
All public and private entities in the state of Minnesota must accept your assigned Safe at Home address (PO Box) as your actual address of residence, school address, and address of employment. This requirement is mandated by Minnesota Statutes Chapter 5B.
If someone is insisting that you disclose your real address, call the Safe at Home office before you make any disclosure!
Yes. If you are a Safe at Home participant, you can have your Safe at Home address put on your Minnesota driver's license or state identification card.
Remember, by law you are not required to disclose your actual residential address to the Department of Vehicle Services when you apply for a driver's license or state identification card.
If you want to vote and you are a Safe at Home participant, do not go into your local polling place.
You can register to be ongoing absentee voter through Safe at Home. It is the only way to vote and not have your personal information (your name and address) accessible to others.Voting by absentee ballot through the Safe at Home office is done entirely through the mail. You are notified of an upcoming election in your community in plenty of time to vote by absentee ballot, and your ballot is never viewed by Safe at Home staff.
If you are a Safe at Home participant and did not register to be an ongoing absentee voter during your application process, call Safe at Home at 651-201-1399 or 1-866-723-3035 for assistance. You can also call if you have questions about the voting process in general, or refer to the Guide to Voting for Safe at Home Participants in your Safe at Home Information Packet.
Safe at Home may release data to law enforcement authorities in emergency situations. However, law enforcement requests must be made by utilizing the law enforcement data request procedure through the Duty Officer at the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The law enforcement request is screened at two levels.
Other than these rare situations, your real address remains under security with the Safe at Home office. Under no other circumstances is it disclosed.
You may submit a completed blue Change of Information Form, or you can write your new address on a piece of paper, sign the paper and mail it to the Safe at Home office.
If you do not update Safe at Home of your address change, your program participation will be cancelled.
As a Safe at Home participant, you may give Safe at Home written consent to share your information with others in order for Safe at Home to assist you with your interactions with other entities.
However, you can NEVER give Safe at Home consent to disclose your actual address to a third party. This policy is in place for your own safety.
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