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Get An Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN)


Welcome to the Identity Protection PIN (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 their Social Security number on fraudulent federal income tax returns.

Important: You currently can’t opt-out once you get an IP PIN. You must use your IP PIN to confirm your identity on all federal tax returns you file this year and in future tax years. We’ll reject your e-file return if your IP PIN is missing or incorrect. If you file a paper return and your IP PIN is missing or incorrect, we’ll delay its processing for your protection while we confirm it’s your return.

Getting Your IP PIN 

To get your IP PIN, you must be eligible as determined in Step 1 below. 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 tax returns in 2016 if:

  • You received a CP01A Notice with your new IP PIN and you lost it, or
  • You had an IP PIN before and you didn’t receive a new one for 2016, or
  • We rejected your e-file return 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 application.



What you need...


To register and use this service, you need:

  • Your Social Security number, date of birth, filing status and mailing address from your latest tax return,
  • Access to your email account,
  • Your credit card number or account number from a car loan, mortgage, home equity loan or home equity line of credit, and
  • A mobile phone with your name on the account.

Get your IP PIN!


To get an IP PIN, you must:

  • Pass our identity verification secure access process, and
  • Create a user profile



Get an Identity Protection PIN



Note: If you previously registered for an IP PIN, Get Transcript or an Online Payment Agreement, you should log in with the same username and password. You may be required to verify your identity again.

Retrieving Your IP PIN

If you lost your CP01A Notice containing your IP PIN or you didn't receive your new one, you can retrieve it by following the 3 steps above for “Getting Your IP PIN.” You’ll receive your current IP PIN after we verify your identity.

If for any reason you're unable to retrieve your IP PIN using our Get an IP PIN tool, you may contact us for specialized assistance. After our assistor verifies your identity, we'll mail your current IP PIN to your address of record. Visit Retrieve Your IP PIN for details.

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've placed a credit security freeze with Equifax, you must contact Equifax to have the freeze temporarily removed to allow us to verify your identity. Once you have your IP PIN or are no longer attempting to register, you may contact Equifax to resume the freeze unless you scheduled it to resume automatically.


Page Last Reviewed or Updated: 18-Oct-2016