Michigan Townships Association

Address Confidentiality Program launches

 The new state Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) provides certain protections for victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, or those who fear that disclosure of their physical address will increase the risk of harm. The program, administered by the Michigan Department of Attorney General, went into effect Sept. 13. Because residential addresses are protected, certain information and records a township possesses—including tax bills and voter registration—are impacted. The program shields a participant’s actual physical address by providing an official designated/substitute address, free mail forwarding service, and a guidebook that outlines how to vote, how to change their address, what to do when contacting the police or emergency services, and more. A  website for state and local government agencies also provides additional ACP information regarding disclosure requests, violations and Freedom of Information Act requests.