One can access license info and last known address at most state board nurse sites...online. I can do it on my PC. Most HRs do this immediately. So...identity theft is more likely and it goes on a lot now...my Tx BON sure was paranoid about it.
I recently 'washed' my license (I had shown it on an agency shift and left it in my pocket after checkin) Kinda funny at first, first time I did THAT in 28 yrs...hehe...but I didn't laugh long.
You wouldn't believe what I had to go through to get another license!! (It was partially illegible/smeared) I sent it to the BON along with my vital statistics, copy of DL and SS card etc; asked for a new one. After a month they wrote back and said I needed to have a notarized identity statement sent back. i told them "I sent you the license, etc..isn't that enough. No it wasn't. It took me several months and more notarized forms, etc to obtain a readable license, then when I finally got a new one, it has 'DUPLICATE' on it, so now everyone checking it in my agency travels was highly suspicious, even after checking all my ID they wanted to talk to the BON before allowing me to work...sheesh! Felt like a criminal!! I finally resorted to taking my PASSPORT with me..then I worried if someone mugged me and got my purse, I'd REALLY be SOL.
And the moral to the story is...never leave your license in your pocket.