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Get An Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN)

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


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What's an IP PIN?

An IP PIN is a six-digit number assigned to eligible taxpayers to help prevent the misuse of your Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns. Once you get an IP PIN, you must use your IP PIN to confirm your identity on your current federal tax return and any delinquent returns filed during the calendar year.

Important: If you e-file your return and your IP PIN is missing or incorrect, our system will reject it. Filing a paper return with a missing or incorrect IP PIN will delay its processing for your protection while we determine that it’s your return. You’ll need to get a new IP PIN each year for use on future federal income tax returns.

Getting Your IP PIN 

To get your IP PIN, you must confirm your identity online. You'll need to have immediate access to your e-mail account to receive a confirmation code. You’ll receive your IP PIN after we verify your identity.

Note: If we invited you to participate in the 2014 IP PIN Pilot, you never had an IP PIN before and you prefer not to get one, you may continue filing your tax return without an IP PIN or return to the IRS home page.


Step 1   Step 2   Step 3

Determine your eligibility...


You must get an IP PIN to file your current or prior year returns in 2014 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 wrong or missing


You have the option to get an IP PIN if:

  • We invited you to participate in our 2014 IP PIN Pilot when you got your e-file PIN



Gather your information...


  • Social Security number (SSN),
  • Date of Birth,
  • e-mail address, and
  • 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 e-mail address, and
  • Answer personal, financial, and tax related questions to confirm your identity


Go to Get An IP PIN to begin!

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 steps for “Getting Your IP PIN” above. You’ll receive your most current IP PIN after we verify your identity.

If you registered before to get your IP PIN, go to Get An IP PIN, log in with your username and password, and follow the prompts to retrieve your IP PIN.

If you are unable or prefer not to create an account on, you may contact the Identity Protection Specialized Unit at 1-800-908-4490, extension 245, call the IRS Toll Free information line at 1-800-829-1040 or visit the nearest Taxpayer Assistance Center (TAC) to get a temporary replacement IP PIN. CAUTION: Using a replacement IP PIN delays the processing of your return and any refund you may be due until we can manually verify your identity.

Additional Information

Visit FAQs about the IP PIN or FAQs about the 2014 IP PIN Pilot 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 were the victim of identity theft.

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: 14-Nov-2014