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Operation Identification

Operation Identification is a program that allows you to etch a driver’s license number or identification card number on valuables in your home or business. Participants of Operation Identification will be loaned an etching tool and given window stickers to warn that valuables have been marked and are ready to be identified by law enforcement.

What should you mark?

All items of value including:

  • Furniture
  • Jewelry
  • Office equipment
  • Appliances
  • Electronics (laptops, tablets, phones, TVs)
  • Musical instruments
  • Power tools
  • Construction/lawn equipment
  • Vehicle accessories
  • Any other items you value

Once valuables are marked, keep an inventory list for your record in a safe place, filed with other important documents.

Personal Property Inventory List

Why is a driver’s license or identification card number preferred?

A driver’s license or identification card number can be accessed through the California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS) that allows law enforcement agencies to obtain the name and address of the individual tied to a specific driver’s license or identification card. Federal restrictions prevent the use of Social Security numbers to trace an individual.

Stolen items reported to law enforcement are entered into CLETS Automated Property System allowing other law enforcement agencies to return recovered property to the rightful owner.

To participate in Operation Identification, call the Community Liaison Division at (714) 741-5761 or (714) 741-5762 or via email at