What is the single most important travel tip for preventing identity theft? Using a car for travel that has no link to your personal identity will help avoid identity theft.
Sound too paranoid for your taste? Perhaps not when you consider that identity theft prevention is far cheaper than trying to fix a stolen identity disaster if it happens. In order to make certain that you protect identity when your car plates are “run” by a professional identity thief or an identity theft gang, register the automobile in the name of a trust, and learn to register the car properly for maximum identity protection.
How can you protect identity as you drive? I have found a trust-owned car to be the most practical for preventing identity theft when certain precautions are taken and proper due diligence is done during the automobile registration process.
Make certain the trust’s name has no relationship to your true name. Insist that the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Transportaiton or whatever agency registers cars in your state handles the process as per your personal privacy requirements.
Include the trust’s name only on the registration. Provide your name as trustee and use a U.S. passport as an identification, not a state issued driver license. Generally, the agency will try to associate your name as trustee on the car registration records. Avoid this by speaking with the highest level supervisor in the agency and make certain that only the trust’s name is on their records.
Once this is completed, your plates-if they are run will provide the trust’s name and address as the legal owner only, and your name as the driver will be hidden deep beneath the car agency registration files, and this information will not surface in the event an identity thief attempts to track and trace you as you drive.