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The goal of the Confidential Address Program, as established by the 1997 Nevada State Legislature, is 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.

Nevada Revised Statutes

NRS 217.462 Fictitious address for victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking: Eligibility; application to Secretary of State; penalty for providing false information.

  1. An adult person, a parent or guardian acting on behalf of a child, or a guardian acting on behalf of an incompetent person may apply to the Secretary of State to have a fictitious address designated by the Secretary of State serve as the address of the adult, child or incompetent person. 
  2. An application for the issuance of a fictitious address must include: 
    1. 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; 
    2. The address that is requested to be kept confidential; 
    3. A telephone number at which the Secretary of State may contact the applicant; 
    4. A question asking whether the person wishes to: 
      1. Register to vote; or 
      2. Change the address of his current registration;
    5. A designation of the Secretary of State as agent for the adult, child or incompetent person for the purposes of: 
      1. Service of process; and 
      2. Receipt of mail; 
    6. The signature of the applicant; 
    7. The date on which the applicant signed the application; and 
    8. Any other information required by the Secretary of State. 
  3. It is unlawful for a person knowingly to attest falsely or provide incorrect information in the application. A person who violates this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
  4. The Secretary of State shall approve an application if it is accompanied by specific evidence, such as a copy of an applicable record of conviction, a temporary restraining order or other protective order, that the adult, child or incompetent person has been a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking before the filing of the application. 
  5. The Secretary of State shall approve or disapprove an application for a fictitious address within 5 business days after the application is filed.
    (Added to NRS by 1997, 1329; A 2001, 693; 2005, 96)

NRS 217.464 Fictitious address for victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking: Designation of fictitious address; forwarding of mail; disclosure of confidential address by Secretary of State; notification of school that pupil, parent or legal guardian is participant.

  1. If the Secretary of State approves an application, he shall: 
    1. Designate a fictitious address for the participant; and 
    2. Forward mail that he receives for a participant to the participant. 
  2. The Secretary of State shall not make any records containing the name, confidential address or fictitious address of a participant available for inspection or copying, unless: 
    1. The address is requested by a law enforcement agency, in which case the Secretary of State shall make the address available to the law enforcement agency; or 
    2. He is directed to do so by lawful order of a court of competent jurisdiction, in which case the Secretary of State shall make the address available to the person identified in the order. 
  3. If a pupil is attending or wishes to attend a public school that is located outside the zone of attendance as authorized by paragraph (b) of subsection 2 of NRS 388.040 or a public school that is located in a school district other than the school district in which the pupil resides as authorized by NRS 392.016, the Secretary of State shall, upon request of the public school that the pupil is attending or wishes to attend, inform the public school of whether the pupil is a participant and whether the parent or legal guardian with whom the pupil resides is a participant. The Secretary of State shall not provide any other information concerning the pupil or the parent or legal guardian of the pupil to the public school.
    (Added to NRS by 1997, 1330; A 2001, 694; 2005, 97)

NRS 217.466 Fictitious address for victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking: Form for participant to register to vote or change address of registration. If a participant indicates to the Secretary of State that the participant wishes to register to vote or change the address of his current registration, the Secretary of State shall furnish the participant with the form developed by the Secretary of State pursuant to the provisions of NRS 293.5002.
(Added to NRS by 1997, 1330)
NRS 217.468 Fictitious address for victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking: Cancellation.

  1. Except as otherwise provided in subsections 2 and 3, the Secretary of State shall cancel the fictitious address of a participant 4 years after the date on which the Secretary of State approved the application. 
  2. The Secretary of State shall not cancel the fictitious address of a participant if, before the fictitious address of the participant is cancelled, the participant shows to the satisfaction of the Secretary of State that the participant remains in imminent danger of becoming a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking. 
  3. The Secretary of State may cancel the fictitious address of a participant at any time if: 
    1. The participant changes his confidential address from the one listed in the application and fails to notify the Secretary of State within 48 hours after the change of address; or 
    2. The Secretary of State determines that false or incorrect information was knowingly provided in the application.
      (Added to NRS by 1997, 1330; A 2001, 694; 2005, 98)

NRS 217.471 Fictitious address for victim of domestic violence, sexual assault or stalking: Adoption of procedures by Secretary of State. The Secretary of State shall adopt procedures to carry out the provisions of NRS 217.462 to 217.471, inclusive.
(Added to NRS by 1997, 1330) 


Nevada Administrative Code

NAC 217.100 Fictitious address for victim of domestic violence: Completion of application; role of organization designated to assist in completion of application. ( NRS 217.471 )

  1. A person who applies for the issuance of a fictitious address pursuant to NRS 217.462 must complete his application with the assistance of an organization whose primary purpose is to assist victims of domestic violence
    and who has been designated by the secretary of state to assist in the program for the issuance of fictitious addresses. 
  2. The organization must have agreed to: 
    1. Assist the applicant in completing the application; 
    2. Review the contents of the application; 
    3. Advise the secretary of state, in writing, whether it believes specific evidence showing that the applicant has been a victim of domestic violence has been provided in the application; and 
    4. Forward the application to the secretary of state for his approval or disapproval.
      (Added to NAC by Sec’y of State by R231-97, eff. 4-8-98)

NAC 217.110 Fictitious address for victim of domestic violence: Service of process on participant. ( NRS 217.471 )

  1. If the secretary of state accepts service of process for a participant, he will send the process and any associated documents to that participant: 
    1. By certified mail; and 
    2. Within 24 hours after he accepts the service of process.
  2. As used in this section, “participant” has the meaning ascribed to it in NRS 217.400 .
    (Added to NAC by Secretary of State by R231-97, eff. 4-8-98)
Last updated: 5/8/2009 11:27:58 AM