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Get An Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN)

Welcome to the Identity Protection Personal Identification Number (IP PIN) page.

What's an IP PIN?

An IP PIN is a six-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers that helps prevent the misuse of your Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns. You can’t use the IP PIN as your e-file signature PIN.

Important: You currently can’t opt out once you get an IP PIN. You must use an IP PIN to confirm your identity on all federal tax returns you file this year and in subsequent tax years. If you e-file your return and your IP PIN is missing or incorrect, our system will reject your return. Filing a paper return with a missing or incorrect IP PIN delays its processing. This is for your protection so we can determine it’s your return.

Getting Your IP PIN 

To get your IP PIN, you must verify your identity online. You'll need to have immediate access to your email account to receive a confirmation code. You’ll receive your IP PIN online once we verify your identity. We’ll send you a new IP PIN each December by postal mail.


Step 1   Step 2   Step 3

Determine your eligibility...


You must get an IP PIN to file your current or prior year returns in 2015 if:

  • You received a CP01A Notice with your new IP PIN and you lost it, or
  • You had an IP PIN in a prior tax year and you didn’t receive a new one this year, or
  • Your e-filed return rejected because your IP PIN was missing or incorrect


You may choose to get an IP PIN if:


Note: Users who choose to get an IP PIN must do so using this online IP PIN system.



Gather your information...


  • Social Security number (SSN),
  • Date of Birth,
  • Email address,
  • Filing status, and 
  • Mailing address from your most recently filed tax return

Get your IP PIN!


To get an IP PIN, you must:

  • Have access to your email account to confirm your email address, and
  • Answer personal, financial, and tax related questions to confirm your identity


Go to Get An IP PIN to begin!


Note: If you registered to get an IP PIN or IRS transcript before, go to Get an IP PIN and log in with your user ID and password.

Retrieving Your IP PIN

If you lost your IP PIN or you did not receive a new one, you can retrieve it by following the 3 steps above for “Getting Your IP PIN”. You’ll receive your most current IP PIN after we verify your identity.

Additional Information

Visit FAQs about the IP PIN for more information. Visit our Identity Protection page if you don’t meet any of the IP PIN eligibility requirements in Step 1 above and you believe you're a victim of identity theft.

Credit Security Freeze with Equifax

If you have placed a credit security freeze with Equifax, you must contact Equifax to have the freeze temporarily removed. This will allow you to continue to register or use guest access. Once you have your IP PIN or are no longer attempting to register, you may contact Equifax to resume the freeze unless you have it scheduled to resume automatically.

User Profile Management

If you created a user profile when you got your IP PIN, you can go to Profile Management to view your information, retrieve your username/password, update your e-mail address and complete other actions.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 20-Jan-2015