For Government Agencies
Pennsylvania state and local government agencies must accept an ACP participant's substitute address. Participants are given an ACP authorization card, which displays their name, signature, ACP number, expiration date, and the ACP substitute address. This card is not a form of identification, but verification of enrollment with the ACP.
Federal agencies are not required by law to accept the ACP substitute address, but will often accept the address if asked.
If you have any questions about the ACP, please contact the office at 1.800.563.6399.
Department of Human Services: ACP and Welfare-based Issues
If you visit a county assistance office for services such as food stamps or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), you should use your ACP address. Show the county assistance office your ACP card to let them know that you are enrolled in the program. The county office may need to call ACP to verify your enrollment. They may also verify that you are seeking services from the correct county.
Department of State: ACP and Voting Issues
The Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) and the Pennsylvania Department of State are working together to keep Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) participants’ addresses private. Participants cannot register to vote at the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) or with other state agencies. Our program works directly with the county voter registration office. Before an election, ACP participants will receive a ballot and use this ballot to vote. The participant returns the ballot to the director at the county voter registration office.
The public information list is a list of all registered voters. Only ACP mailing addresses will be on this list.
The street list is a list of registered voters for political candidates and political parties that is used to see who is in their voting precinct. Only a participant’s ACP number will appear on this list.
District Registers, also called “poll books,” are used at polling sites throughout Pennsylvania. These are the books a person signs when they vote. Only a participant’s ACP number will appear.
Department of Transportation: ACP and Transportation-based issues
ACP participants may use the substitute address as the ACP participant’s actual address when applying to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) for the following:
(1) A vehicle certificate of title
(2) A perfection of a security interest in a vehicle
(3) Vehicle registration, including the process of self-certification of financial responsibility
(4) Applying for or renewing a Commonwealth driver’s license or a PennDOT identification card
ACP participants are responsible for any fee associated with the issuance of an updated Commonwealth driver’s license or identification card.
ACP participants shall use a centralized address provided by PennDOT when applying for or renewing a Commonwealth driver’s license or a PennDOT identification card.
Please contact the ACP office regarding any questions about PennDOT and ACP at 1.800.563.6399.
Department of Education: ACP and Education-based Issues
The Domestic and Sexual Violence Victim Address Confidentiality Act, (Act 188 of 2004) established Pennsylvania's Address Confidentiality Program (ACP).
The goal of the ACP is to help victims of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking, and their children, maintain their safety by keeping their location confidential.
Public schools may encounter ACP participants who are students, parents or school personnel. Although the number of ACP participants in any public school may be few, their security needs may be significant. Therefore, it is important that public schools be prepared to respond appropriately to the unique challenges presented by ACP participants.
The Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) provides a process to release a student’s records without informing the former school district of the ACP participant’s whereabouts. It is important that districts take care if it is necessary to contact any former school district regarding an ACP student, so this contact does not jeopardize the family's safety. For more information, contact the OVA or the Pennsylvania Department of Education - School Services Unit.
The released records from the student’s former school will remain sealed upon receipt at the OVA and will be forwarded to the district of residence for the student promptly upon receipt of this signed request.
The whereabouts of this student are to be kept confidential. If expected items are missing or there are questions about the former school records, please write to the OVA for assistance before contacting the former school district.
The Court System
If the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) participant is a victim, witness, plaintiff or defendant involved in an ongoing civil or criminal case, the Office of Victim Advocate (OVA) will provide, after certification, notice of the ACP participant’s substitute address to appropriate court officials in which an ACP participant is a victim, witness, plaintiff or defendant. Appropriate officials may include, but may not be limited to, the county district attorney, clerks of court or other agencies with prosecutorial authority.
If an ACP participant -- who is a victim, witness, plaintiff or defendant involved in an ongoing civil or criminal case -- cancels, withdraws or expires from ACP participation, OVA will provide notice to any appropriate court officials previously notified.
If you have any questions about the courts and ACP, please contact the ACP office at 1.800.563.6399.