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ID Theft

The Identity Theft Protection Act of 2005 affects the records on this site. If you would like to request that identifying information be redacted from this site, please click here. This form will need to be submitted in writing to our office.


  • Do not put your Social Security number (SSN) on any documents, unless it is legally required.
  • Talk with your attorney regarding documentation to be submitted to the Register of Deeds office for recordation. Make sure you follow-up so personal information like social security numbers and financial accounts are not placed on public record.
  • Social Security Numbers (SSN) are not mandatory, for example, on the following documents: NC General Warranty Deeds; Certificates of Satisfaction; Deeds of Subordination; Deeds of Trust; Separation and Property Settlement documents; Powers of Attorney.
  • Personal checks. No longer order checks including your Social Security Number or Drivers License Number.
  • Check your credit report several times a year to make sure it doesn’t have unfamiliar accounts.
  • Shred or burn papers with credit card or bank account numbers, Social Security Numbers, etc.
  • Don’t carry your Social Security Card.
  • Avoid using easily available information (Date of Birth-DOB; Last four digits of the SSN; personal phone number).
  • Secure personal information in your home.
  • Ask about information security procedures in your workplace.
  • Don’t give out personal information on the phone unless you’ve initiated contact or are sure of whom you are dealing with.
  • Guard your mail and trash from theft.
  • Deposit outgoing mail in a secured mailbox.
  • If you go on vacation, call the United States Postal Service at 1-800-275-8777 to ask for a vacation hold on your incoming mail.