About the Confidential Address Program
The Nevada Confidential Address Program (CAP) is a program that helps victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and/or stalking from being located by the perpetrator through public records. The program provides a fictitious address and confidential mail forwarding services to individuals and families across Nevada.
History of the Program
CAP was established during the 1997 Legislative session in Senate Bill 155 authored by Senator Mark James. The program accepted its first participant in 1998. Nevada was the second state in the nation to provide this tool to the victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. The program was modeled after the State of Washington's Address Confidentiality Program that was established in 1991.
Effective October 9, 2017, Senate Bill 25 of the 2017 Legislative session transferred the administration of CAP to the Division of Child and Family Services
How the Program Works
CAP was established to assist victims fleeing abusive situations and attempting a fresh start for themselves and their children. The program began when it became clear that in far too many cases, victims were being physically located through public records.
CAP is simple and has two basic parts:
- A fictitious mailing address and confidential mail forwarding program, and
- Confidential voter registration records
CAP participants are granted the use of a fictitious mailing address, which is maintained by the Division of Child and Family Services. When victims enter into business relationships with state and local agencies, the use of the fictitious address both maintains the victims' confidentiality and relieves those agencies of the difficult and costly responsibilities of maintaining confidential records. In this way, CAP participants are at a reduced risk for being tracked using state and local public records. The second part of the program provides for the protection of voter registration records. To be effective, CAP participation must be one part of a victim's long-term, personal security strategy.
Participants enrolled in the program use the fictitious address instead of their real address. The fictitious address is to be used instead of a person's home, work or school address.
CAP accepts all First Class, registered, certified and election mail for the participants and forwards to her/his real address at no cost.
Am I Eligible?
All of the eligibility criteria must be met to apply to the program.
Eligibility criteria for applicants:
- a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and/or stalking;
- in fear of her or his safety;
- has specific evidence showing that the adult, child or incompetent person has been a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking before the filing of the application;
- an adult, or a parent or a guardian acting on behalf of an incompetent person.
How Do I Enroll?
Applicants do not enroll or apply directly with the Nevada Confidential Address Program. Any person interested in applying to the program must meet in person with a CAP Certified Advocate. Certified Advocates are located throughout the state in agencies and non-profit programs that provide counseling, referral, shelter, or assistance to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking and stalking.
To find a Certified Advocate near you:
- Locate a CAP Certified Advocate in Nevada (Link to follow)
- Call the Confidential Address Program at 775-684-5707 or Toll Free at 888-432-6189
- Email the Confidential Address Program at NVCAP@dcfs.nv.gov
CAP Certified Advocates will
- Explain what the program does;
- Explain participant responsibilities while enrolled in the program;
- Work with the victim/survivor to incorporate CAP into her/his overall safety plan;
- Assist the applicant in completing the application;
- Review the contents of the application;
- Advise the Program Officer, in writing, whether it believes specific evidence showing that the applicant has been a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking or stalking has been provided in the application; and
- Forward the application to the Program Officer for their approval or disapproval.
Program staff reviews all completed applications. If an application is approved, program participants are enrolled for four years. All authorized participants are issued a Nevada Confidential Address Authorization Card and a new participant welcome packet explaining how to use the fictitious address effectively with government agencies.
Applicants are not authorized to use CAP fictitious address until they receive her/his welcome packet that includes the authorization card and letter.
For additional program information or to discuss how to apply, please contact:
Nevada Confidential Address Program
PO BOX 2743
Carson City, NV 89702
Toll Free: 888-432-6189