I am getting parking tickets in the mail that are not mine; what should I do?

Do I have to pay for parking tickets that aren't mine? I have started to get parking tickets in the mail on almost a weekly basis now, but they can't be mine! They have my name and address, but I haven't been to these places. It even says that the registered car is a red sedan, but I drive a green pickup truck. How can I fix this?

Answer
“This sounds like a case of identity theft, and you will want to contact the police and the DMV right away.
Your first step should be to gather all of your paperwork and talk to the supervisor at your local DMV. Doing so in-person would be best. You should bring:
  • Your driver’s license
  • Your registrations and titles for all vehicles you own
  • A copy of your car insurance policy
It could be a simple mistake of someone having a similar name as you and the DMV may be able to clear everything right away. If not, after the DMV advises you, you will want to file a report with the police.
You will also want to obtain a copy of your most recent credit report and make sure there haven’t been any attempts to open bank accounts or credit cards in your name. You may want to think about changing all of your financial passwords and usernames.
If you end up paying for these tickets, reach out to an identity theft or traffic court attorney for help.
It’s also important to let your car insurance company know what’s happening. These tickets, if left unpaid, may affect your insurance rates until the issue is sorted out. Once you have a letter from the DMV, let your insurance company know what’s going on.
This is a good time to verify you’re getting the best rates. If some of these tickets did affect your rates, you may want to shop around for lower premiums. Try using the Jerry app to help you compare rates from the top companies. Jerry does all the hard work of pulling quotes and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes for free.”
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Shannon Martin
Answered on Aug 26, 2021
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