Washington’s Address Confidentiality Program is administered by the Office of the Washington Secretary of State. Participants of the ACP have extremely high security needs. They are assigned an alternate address to keep their physical addresses confidential to help ensure their personal safety and the safety of their families.
An ACP participant cannot be required to disclose their home address for financial account records. Financial institutions must not require an ACP participant to disclose a home address in order to be Customer Identification Program (CIP) compliant.
Instead, the financial institution is required to collect the street address issued by the Washington Secretary of State provided directly to ACP participants. The address must only be used for banking purposes. For more information, please contact the ACP at (360) 753-2972.
Patriot Act Exemption
The United States Department of the Treasury, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) acknowledges the need to protect victim anonymity. On November 3, 2009 FinCEN authorized an exemption for participants enrolled in address confidentiality programs (ACPs). Participants are not obligated to provide their actual home address on bank records as required by the USA PATRIOT ACT.