Protect Kids from Identity Theft


Did you know that more than 50,000 children in Florida are victims of identity theft each year? A new law in Florida hopes to change that and keep your child safe from this growing threat.


Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam worked with state legislators this year to pass the Keeping I.D. Safe (KIDS) Act, which allows parents to set up credit records for their children and freeze them, effectively blocking thieves from using a child’s personal information to open a credit card, mortgage or other financial account.

The Key Biscayne Police Department isproud to partner with Commissioner Putnam and the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and spread the word about this new law.


The new law requires consumer reporting agencies to establish and freeze a credit record for a minor upon request by the parent or guardian. Parents in Florida can now ensure their child’s identity and financial information is safe from criminals. Every parent who takes the time to protect a child means one less victim of identity theft.


A new website provides information on the law and gives parents tips on how to protect their child’s personal identification. It also explains what to do if your child’s identity has been compromised. To stop identity theft before it starts, go to



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