Address Confidentiality Program (ACP)

1 (800) 822-1065    (360) 753-2972    Fax: (360) 586-4388

The Washington Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) offers survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or trafficking, and Criminal Justice Affiliates, Election Officials, and Protected Health Care Workers who are a target for threats or harassment, a substitute mailing address to receive first class mail. The address is accepted by Washington state, county, and city government agencies in lieu of a residential address for creating records.

ACP is designed to help people who fear for their safety maintain a confidential address. Passed by legislature in 1991, ACP is used as part of an overall safety plan to prevent perpetrators from locating participants through public records such as driver licenses, voter registries and marriage records.

ACP provides services that work best as part of an overall safety plan. ACP provides a substitute address for eligible individuals and their household members. This address can be used on new records with government agencies and the courts. ACP also provides confidential mail forwarding services that includes acting as a legal agent for services of process. In addition, we protect two normally public records - voting and marriage.

New participants receive an authorization card with a substitute address to use when creating new public records with state and local government agencies. Participants are certified for four years unless they withdraw from the program or are cancelled.   

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ACP relies on the expertise of advocates located throughout the state to assist applicants. Applicants can meet with advocates who have been designated as an Application Assistant (AA) to apply for the program.

Pursuant to RCW 40.24.050, state and local agencies, law enforcement, and the courts shall use the ACP designated address as the participants address when creating a new public record. ACP participants must request the agency use of the designated address and may use it as their home, work, or school address. 

The Secretary of State serves as the participant's legal agent for service of process. Staff may accept service on behalf of the program participant (WAC 434-840-080).

Service of process by mail:

Participant Name
PO Box 257 PMB XXXX
Olympia WA 98507-0257

Service of process in-person:

Secretary of State Office
416 Sid Snyder Ave SW
Olympia WA 98504

Please include the participant’s name, PMB, and a check or money order for $25.00 made out to "Office of the Secretary of State". Please mark the outside of the envelope that contains the documents to be served with "Service of Process". This ensures the proper tracking of the service received.

The ACP is administered by the Office of the Washington Secretary of State. The main governing Laws and Administrative Codes are Chapter 40.24 RCW and Chapter 434-840 WAC. 

ACP Law and Codes

Applicable State Laws

Applicable Federal Laws

ACP Exemptions

How does ACP help keep my information private?

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.

Does ACP forward all types of mail?

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.

Can ACP participants receive registered mail or subpoenas?

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.

Does enrolling in the ACP keep participants safe?

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.

Must government agencies accept the substitute address on an ACP Authorization Card?

Yes, with very few exceptions. State and local government agencies must accept the ACP substitute address when presented a valid ACP authorization card. They cannot require a participant to disclose their actual address.

Can ACP participants vote?

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
Where can I use the ACP substitute address?

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 vs. Non-Confidential

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

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

The Presidential Primary is March 12th. All registered voters will have to pick a party for their vote to count. If you are enrolled in ACP and a Protected Records Voter (PRV), your name will not be added to a public list of registered voters. For more information about the Primary Election, please read the FAQs.

If you are an ACP participant and have questions about your voter registration, please call the ACP. When updating your voter registration, always look for the ACP logo on the registration form.

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State of Washington outline in blue on left hand side with Address Confidentiality Program text. Text to the right in red reading Washington State Protected Records Voter (PRV) Registration Form.

 

2024 State and Federal Holidays
(Mail will not be forwarded)
Presidents Day Feb 19
Memorial Day May 27
Juneteenth June 19
Independence Day July 4
Labor Day Sept 2
Indigenous Peoples' Day Oct 14
Veterans Day Nov 11
Thanksgiving Nov 28-29
Christmas Day Dec 25

Note: ACP is housed in a secure location with no public access