Eligibility

To be eligible for Address Confidentiality Program (ACP), an applicant must:

AND

  • Fear for their safety; AND 
  • Reside in Washington;  AND 
  • Be an adult

**Household members of an applicant may also be eligible.**

**ACP is most effective if the applicant has recently, or is planning to, relocate to a new residence.**

Anyone wishing to apply can meet with an Application Assistant.

An Application Assistant is an employee of a state or local agency or non-profit organizations that provide advocacy, counseling, referral, or shelter to victims. An Application Assistant must be certified by the secretary of state to assist survivors.

An Application Assistant will help with:

  • Safety planning; AND
  • Explain the details and best practices for ACP participation; AND
  • Assist applicant with filling out and submitting the application

**An ACP application serves as a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury **


 

Applicant video

 

 

FAQs

All participant data is classified and maintained as private data by the ACP office. Measures are in place to secure participant data, which is extremely sensitive.

The ACP office will only disclose a participant's real residential address to a third party in response to a valid court order or law enforcement agency request. A formal request from a law enforcement agency is required to be signed by the agency's chief officer*.

*If a participant's abuser is a member of law enforcement then a law enforcement agency would be required to obtain a court order.

The ACP forwards all First-Class mail, including registered and certified mail. First-class mail includes all personal mail, bills, cards, letters, etc. The ACP will also forward bank checks. The ACP cannot forward packages, magazines, or junk mail.

Yes. The ACP accepts personal and legal mail. The ACP can receive such mail on behalf of a participant and forward it to them. This is treated as a participant receiving the mail.

ACP participation does not guarantee safety. If used correctly, the ACP can be a valuable addition to an overall safety plan. The ACP adds to, and does not substitute for, a comprehensive safety plan.

Yes, with very few exceptions. State and local government agencies must accept the ACP substitute address when

Yes. ACP participants receive ACP voter registration information and ACP specific voting forms when they enroll. ACP participants should not register to vote online or at any state government office. This includes:

  • Department of Licensing
  • Department of Social and Health Services
  • Health Benefits Exchange Office

All state or local agencies, and most private businesses accept the ACP substitute address. 

This includes:

  • Voting Registration
  • Department of Licensing
  • Marriage Records
  • Banks
  • Public Libraries
  • Washington Court System
  • Social Services
  • Police Departments

Confidential Information

  • Actual street address
  • Mailing address, if different
  • City of residence
  • County of residence
  • Voting precinct
  • Unique identifying information related to a participant's home, work, or school address

Non-Confidential Information

  • ACP participation status
  • A participant's substitute address
  • State of residence
  • Records created before ACP enrollment
  • Information voluntarily provided by the participant to a state or local government agency