Recovering Lost Documents & Papers
Find the information you need to recover lost documents and papers, including your driver’s license, social security card and more.
Put a Fraud Alert on your credit file by contacting one of the three credit bureaus:
- Experian: 1-877-397-3742
- Equifax: https://www.alerts.equifax.com/AutoFraud_Online/jsp/fraudAlert.jsp
- Trans Union: 800-680-7289 or http://www.transunion.com/personal-credit/credit-disputes/fraud-alerts.page. This is generally free for the first 90 days. Rules are relaxed in times of a national emergency like this for obtaining personal identifying documents like Social Security cards, so identity theft will be particularly easy for the bad guys. So do this ASAP!
Driver’s License – get this first if you have renewed/new license in last 4 years
- If you have renewed or gotten your license within the last 4 years, you have a fingerprint registered and can get a replacement for $10.00.
Military ID – get this first (or second) if you are current military
- If you find someone’s military ID, please return to the local military base, or to the Guard Shack at the front of Tinker AFB
- Military commander or someone in your office can sponsor you on to the base
- Instructions on getting new military ID: http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/html/RequiredDocuments.html
- To locate a military office: http://www.dmdc.osd.mil/rsl/appj/site?execution=e2s1
- If the member is not going to the DEERS office with the dependent, you’ll need this form DD-1172-2 filled out: http://www.cac.mil/docs/dd1172-2.pdf
- Instructions for Form DD-1172-2: http://www.cac.mil/docs/1172-2-Instructions.pdf
- If you are current military, you and your finger print at the DEERS Office is all that you need to get a replacement card. Some installations may require a memo or police report that the ID was lost.
Social Security Card
- Must have some form of ID, preferably photo ID. In times of emergency, school ID, health insurance ID, or even a certified medical record (get from medical facility) will work.
- http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w.htm — list of all states offices for “Vital Statistics where you can order birth certificates
- OK Bureau of Vita Records 405-271-4040 or http://www.ok.gov/health/Birth_and_Death_Certificates/
- Form to request OK birth certificate: http://www.ok.gov/health2/documents/VR_BCRequest_interactive.pdf
- OK – $15.00 to replace and will need a photo ID.
Wills / Trusts
- Contact attorney who drafted the documents
- Contact the Oklahoma Bar Association for help locating your attorney at 405-416-7000 or http://www.okbar.org
Cancelling Lost Credit Cards
- Contact your credit card company, they can find your account once you confirm your identity (name, address, date of birth).
Getting your mail
- Your local post office will hold your mail
- If your post office is destroyed, call 800-222-1811 to find out where your mail is being routed. Automated system, stay on the line until you get a human which may take a while.
Property deeds, home appraisals
- Copies of deeds are available at your local courthouse for a small fee, usually a few dollars.
- Home appraisals are needed to know what the value was prior to the disaster. This will be part of the title abstract for your home, which is kept by some banks, also kept by Abstract companies, check with your mortgage company for who has the abstract.
- Cleveland County Clerk’s office can provide you a copy of your deed: 405-366-0230, 201 S. Jones, Room 120, Norman, OK 73069.
Automobile, boat and trailer titles
- File for lost title with your local tag agency
- Form 70-1 must be notarized (can be notarized at the tag agency but you’ll need an ID for the notary)
- $11.00 for vehicle title, $2.25 for boat or motor title, plus $1.50 mailing fee.
IRS Tips for reconstructing your records:
Take photographs and/or videos OF EVERYTHING and KEEP for 7 YEARS.
- Of course, your insurance company will require photographs (and without a photograph, you may not be able to prove the item existed). What most people overlook is that the IRS may require photographs to prove your home was a total loss. The IRS has 3 years to audit any return, and sometimes longer if fraud is suspected.
- Military may request assistance from the PA office.
Call our toll free number 855-205-0083 or local 405-359-4286 or visit our website www.oklahomalawyerscare.org or Facebook page Oklahoma Lawyers Care for instructions on how to recover your important documents and legal papers.