So as a recap: The goal of this law is to assist victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking, the ability to relocate and keep their new location unknown to the abuser.
How does one apply for ACP participation: According to the Commonwealth of Virginia, “The ACP is intended to help victims of domestic violence who have confidentiality relocated to a location unknown to their abusers. Effective July 1, 2011, the ACP will be available to victims statewide. Participation in the program is not transferable if a participant moves to another state. Both adults and children can participate in this program.
Victims complete application for participation in the ACP through their local domestic violence programs. Each participant must fully complete the Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) application packet. The package contains the application, an authorization card with instructions, a checklist which must be read, initialed and notarized by each participant. A photocopy of a valid government issued identification card must also be submitted with the application packet for processing. The applicant must also include a copy of a billing statement (utility, telephone, gas, etc.), or an executed lease or other documents showing te name and actual address of the applicant. (The applicant can remove or redact other confidential information from the bill or executed lease.) The entire application packet (application, checklist, authorization card, copy of valid government issued identification card, executed lease or billing statement) should be mailed to ACP, P.O. Box 1133 Richmond, Virginia 231218-1133 for processing and certification.
Each certified participant is assigned an authorization code number and issued an ACP authorization card. Once participants receive their ACP authorization card they can apply for state and local services using the ACP substitute address.
Limitations on Participation: Participation in the ACP is not permitted if the applicant is a sex offender for which registration is required pursuant to the Sex Offender and Crimes Against Minors Registry program as statutorily provided through Chapter 9, of Title 9.1 of the Code of Virginia, or if the applicant is currently on parole and/or probation.
Applicants who are residents of temporary housing for thirty (30) days or less are not eligible to enroll in the ACP until a permanent residential address is obtained.
For ACP questions, please contact:
Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) P.O. Box 1133 Richmond, Virginia 231218-1133