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Driver Licensing > Apply for a License > Image Waiver

New Hampshire law allows you to request the DMV to remove your digitized photo image from its system. Your image is your own personal information and the DMV understands that citizens want to manage and safeguard their personal information. To that end, we will honor your wishes for an image waiver, consistent with New Hampshire law. In helping you make that decision, this page is dedicated to explaining the results of the removal of your image from the DMV's computer system and raising your awareness of a new variety of theft referred to as "Identity Theft". Identity theft is the taking of a victim's identity in order to obtain credit, services, or enter into transactions under the victim's name.

An impostor can steal your identity by obtaining personal information about you, such as your social security number, date of birth, address or telephone number. With this information, and a false driver license with his/her own picture, the impostor can apply in person for credit, services, a job, or any other transaction, posing as you. If you have removed your digitized image from the DMV's system, your image can never be recovered. If an impostor has your personal information and applies for a driver license in your name, without your digitized image to visually prove identity, a driver license may be issued to the impostor with your personal information! In order to reduce such a risk, if your image has been deleted and you have a lost or stolen driver license, the DMV will require two (2) forms of identification to receive a duplicate driver license. Additionally, if you are out-of-state, you will be unable to receive a duplicate driver license through the mail.

While no one can completely be safe from identity theft, you can take actions to minimize your risk. If you find that you have been a victim of identity theft, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) by contacting the FTC's Identity Theft Hotline as follows:

  • By telephone: toll-free 1-877-IDTHEFT (438-4338), TDD: 202-326-2502;
  • By mail: Identity Theft Clearinghouse, Federal Trade Commission, 600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20580;
  • or Online: https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/.

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