Alabama - 1
IDENTITY THEFT RANKING BY STATE: Rank 17, 69.6 Complaints Per 100,000
Population, 3221 Complaints (2008)
Updated July 3, 2008
Identity Crime: A person commits the crime of identity theft if, without authorization, consent
or permission of the victim, and with the intent to defraud for his own benefit or the benefit of
another, does any of the following:
Obtains, records, or accesses identifying information that would assist in accessing financial
resources, obtaining identification documents, or obtaining benefits of the victim.
Obtains goods or services through the use of identifying information of the victim.
Obtains identification documents in the victim's name.
“Identifying information” is defined as any information, used alone or in conjunction with other
information, that specifically identifies a person or a person’s property, and includes, but is not
limited to, any of the following information related to a person:
Name, date of birth, Social Security number;
Social Security number;
Driver’s license number;
Financial services account numbers, including checking and savings accounts, credit or debit
card numbers, and personal identification numbers (PIN);
Electronic identification codes, or automated or electronic signatures;
Biometric data or fingerprints;
Parent’s legal surname prior to marriage;
Any other numbers or information that can be used to access a person's financial resources,
obtain identification, act as identification, or obtain goods or services.
“Identification documents” includes any papers, cards, or other documents issued by federal,
state, or local governmental authorities that are used specifically to identify a person. They
include, but are not limited to, driver's licenses, military identification cards, passports, birth
certificates, Social Security cards, and other government-issued identification cards.
Identity theft is a Class C felony, punishable by a prison term of up to ten years in prison and/