TRENTON, NJ – The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commissioner (MVC) may soon have to compare its database with death records produced by the Social Security Administration if a new bill aimed at protecting against identity theft of deceased persons becomes law.

“Every year, Americans have their identities stolen and fraudulently used by criminals to open credit card accounts, apply for loans and get a wide array of services,” said Assemblyman Wayne DeAngelo (D-Hamilton).  “This underhanded assault on unsuspecting victims leaves them and their families to grapple with a mountain of legal problems.”

According to a 2015 report by the New Jersey State Auditor more than 6,000 licenses or identification documents for individuals who were deceased. 

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The bill passed the New Jersey General Assembly 74-0 on Monday and awaits further action the New Jersey Senate.

 

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