The IRS has begun sending out Identity Protection (IP) PIN numbers (Notice CP01A), so, if you require an IRS-issued PIN to file your tax return, keep a look-out in the mail for yours.

Typically, you will need an IRS-issued PIN Number if you have had an issue with Identity Theft in the past or if you requested an IP PIN. This PIN assures the IRS that you are you when you file your tax returns each year. You need a different PIN each year.

If you lose your IP PIN, or didn’t receive it, you ‘ll need to retrieve it or have it re-issued in order to electronically file your return.

How to retrieve your IP PIN online

You may use the Get an IP PIN online tool to retrieve your current IP PIN. You will be required to register and verify your identity in order to use the tool. This process is essential to protect your personal and tax information. Please refer to “Step 2: What You Need”, before using the online tool. Follow the prompts to retrieve your IP PIN.

If you previously created an online account and obtained an IP PIN, access Get an IP PIN and log in to your account with your username and password. You may be required to verify your identity again due to increased account security. Follow the prompts to retrieve your IP PIN.

How to get your IP PIN reissued

If you’re unable to retrieve your IP PIN online, you may call us at 800-908-4490 for specialized assistance, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. your local time (Alaska & Hawaii follow Pacific Time), to have your IP PIN reissued. An assistor will verify your identity and mail your IP PIN to your address of record within 21 days.


  • If you’ve moved since January 1 of this year, or
  • It’s after October 14 and you haven’t filed your current or prior year Forms 1040 or 1040 PR/SS,

you’ll need to complete and mail a paper tax return without your IP PIN. Your return will be reviewed to confirm it’s yours but this may delay any refund you’re due.

If you file your return without your IRS assigned IP PIN:

  • The IRS will reject your electronic return and you won’t be able to e-file
  • Your paper return will be subject to additional screenings to validate your identity, delaying any refund you may be due