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February 2, 2024

165.800 Identity theft

(1) A person commits the crime of identity theft if the person, with the intent to deceive or to defraud, obtains, possesses, transfers, creates, utters or converts to the person’s own use the personal identification of another person.


(2) Identity theft is a Class C felony.

(3) It is an affirmative defense to violating subsection (1) of this section that the person charged with the offense:

(a) Was under 21 years of age at the time of committing the offense and the person used the personal identification of another person solely for the purpose of purchasing alcohol, tobacco products as defined in ORS 431A.175 or inhalant delivery systems as defined in ORS 431A.175; or

(b) Used the personal identification of another person solely for the purpose of misrepresenting the person’s age to gain access to a:

(A) Place the access to which is restricted based on age; or

(B) Benefit based on age.

(4) As used in this section:

(a) “Another person” means an individual, whether living or deceased, an imaginary person or a firm, association, organization, partnership, business trust, company, corporation, limited liability company, professional corporation or other private or public entity.

(b) “Personal identification” includes, but is not limited to, any written document or electronic data that does, or purports to, provide information concerning:

(A) A person’s name, address or telephone number;

(B) A person’s driving privileges;

(C) A person’s Social Security number or tax identification number;

(D) A person’s citizenship status or an identification number assigned to a noncitizen;

(E) A person’s employment status, employer or place of employment;

(F) The identification number assigned to a person by a person’s employer;

(G) The maiden name of a person or a person’s mother;

(H) The identifying number of a person’s depository account at a “financial institution” or “trust company,” as those terms are defined in ORS 706.008, or a credit card account;

(I) A person’s signature or a copy of a person’s signature;

(J) A person’s electronic mail name, electronic mail signature, electronic mail address or electronic mail account;

(K) A person’s photograph;

(L) A person’s date of birth; and

(M) A person’s personal identification number.