Don’t Let Your Driver’s License Be an Identity Theft Risk

Identity Theft Vigilance: Your Driver’s License Is Not a Security Deposit

Everyone should be concerned about identity theft and we all know we need to take measures to prevent it. There are many high-tech ways to steal someone’s identity and we’re familiar with the high-tech ways of combating them, yet there are many things we do in our daily lives that can easily lead to us becoming a victim of identity theft – things that don’t have anything at all to do with technology.

Just Say No

There are some important things you need to if you want to reduce your risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. You might already know how important it is to guard your social security number and social security card, but you might not realize how important it is to also guard your driver’s license.

Never, ever use your driver’s license as a “security deposit.” If you want to test drive a car at a dealership and they ask you to leave your driver’s license behind, refrain from doing so. If they won’t let you test drive the car without leaving your driver’s license, go buy a car somewhere else.

Remember that just because someone asks you for your driver’s license, it doesn’t mean you have to provide it. Ask if there are other options and see what response you get. There really isn’t a good reason for anyone to keep your driver’s license while you go off and do something else.

There are a number of places that may unnecessarily ask you to leave your driver’s license with them. If you go apartment shopping, many rental communities will request that you leave a driver’s license in order to tour the property. Realize that, again, a salesperson will likely not want to pass up on the opportunity at a sale, so most reasonable people will try their best to accommodate you when you tell them you don’t want to leave your driver’s license behind. There is really no such thing as being overly concerned about identity theft. You could always say your friend was the victim of identity theft, and you are being vigilant about giving out unnecessary information.

Identity theft can happen to anyone. Guard your driver’s license, so you can avoid becoming the victim of identity theft. Information contained on your driver’s license can be just as beneficial to a criminal trying to commit identity theft as the information on your credit cards or your social security number.

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