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How To Remedy Compromised Identity

Compromised identity is a crime associated with identity theft. The Office of the State Attorney assists victims of compromised identity involving criminal charges filed within Palm Beach County.

An individual’s identity may become compromised if his or her personal identification information (such as name, date of birth, driver license number or Social Security number) erroneously is associated with a criminal history record.

Instances of compromised identity often are attributed to a friend or family member’s effort to hide their true identity by using the victim’s name or information.

Victims of wallet or purse thefts in which a driver license or state identification card are taken may also become victims of compromised identity.

Any unwarranted criminal history or other public record generated is damaging to the victim, who may lose driving privileges, access to government assisted programs such as Medicare, may be denied employment or even be subject to arrest.

Anyone who is a victim of compromised identity is advised to:

  • Obtain relevant information from the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court, such as Clerk of Court case number, related criminal charge(s), arrest/booking number and date of arrest.
  • Obtain verification from the filing law enforcement agency, or upon finding a record of arrest associated with the related case(s), from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, to indicate that he/she was not the same person as the actual offender. If a record of arrest exists, the victim is advised to have his or her fingerprints compared to the fingerprint record associated with the arrest.
  • Upon determination that the person named was not the same person arrested, the Sheriff’s Office will provide the victim with a Fingerprint Verification Form, to be provided to the Office of the State Attorney by the victim, along with a notarized affidavit advising of any problems encountered due to the incorrect public record.

The Office of the State Attorney will then use the information received to motion the Court(s) to correct the related public record via court order. 

For further information contact:

Office of the State Attorney, 15th Judicial Circuit
401 North Dixie Highway
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Attn: Compromised Identity Investigations Division
Phone: (561) 355-7471
Fax: (561) 355-7494

Out-of-County/State Victims

Victims of compromised identity residing outside Palm Beach County are advised to obtain a fingerprint card, authenticated by a certified state or local law enforcement agency. The fingerprint card should accompany a notarized written affidavit indicating any problems or concerns related to criminal history records. 

A certified copy of the court order will be provided to the victim upon its filing with the Palm Beach County Clerk of Court.

The Clerk will make any necessary corrections to its record, and acknowledge the adjustment by disseminating the corrected information to criminal justice agencies including the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, Florida Department of Corrections and the original law enforcement agency.

It is important to note that victims of compromised identity are victims of crimes associated with identity theft.  Jurisdiction to investigate such offenses is subject to local, state and federal law enforcement.

Anyone wishing to seek criminal prosecution is encouraged to contact the law enforcement agency that initiated the information recorded.

A filing determination will be made by the Office of the State Attorney upon receiving probable cause to charge the named offender.