Identity Protection PIN from the IRS

An Identity Protection PIN (IP PIN) is a six-digit number that prevents someone else from filing a tax return using your Social Security number. The IP PIN is known only to you and the IRS and helps us verify your identity when you file your electronic or paper tax return. 

Eligibility 

Starting in 2021, you may voluntarily opt into the IP PIN program as a proactive way to protect yourself from tax-related identity theft. 

If you want to opt in, please note: 

  • You must pass a rigorous identity verification process. 

  • Spouses and dependents are eligible for an IP PIN if they can pass the identity proofing process.  Each person on a tax return should have their own separate PIN. 

 

How to get an IP PIN 

If you’re a confirmed identity theft victim, the IRS will mail you an IP PIN on a CP01A Notice if your case is resolved prior to the start of the next filing season. 

If you’re volunteering for the IP PIN Opt-In Program you should use the online Get an IP PIN tool (see below).  If you don’t already have an account on IRS.gov, the first step when you click the button below will be to create a new account; you must register to validate your identity. Before you register, read about the secure access identity authentication process.

Note: 

  • An IP PIN is valid for one calendar year. 

  • You must obtain a new IP PIN each year. 

  • The IP PIN tool is generally unavailable mid-November through mid-January each year. 

Get an IP PIN