Drivers Privacy Protection Act (DPPA)

What is the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA)?

The DPPA is a federal law that regulates and restricts who has access to the information in DMV records. 1

The DPPA also regulates how a recipient of DMV records can share information with another person or organization. The law allows the DMV to release personal information only for the purposes that the DPPA defines.

For more information see the

If you are unsure if you may ask for another person's record see Permissible Uses for Personal Information.


What information does the DPPA restrict?

The DPPA restricts how personal information is released. The DPPA defines personal information as information that identifies a person including 2

  • photographs
  • Social Security Number (SSN)
  • Client Identification Number (CID)
  • name
  • address (but not the 5-digit ZIP code)
  • telephone number
  • medical information
  • disability information


What information is not restricted by the DPPA?

The DPPA does NOT restrict information about

  • traffic accidents
  • traffic violations
  • status of a driver license

May I share the information I receive?

Most DMV records contain personal information and other information that is not personal. You may share the information you receive if

  • you remove the information that is personal and only share the information that is not personal
  • the other person has a permissible use 3


What if I share personal information with a person who does not have a permissible use?

There are criminal fines and civil liabilities for violations of the DPPA. Refer to sections 2722, 2733, and 2744 of the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (PDF) (MV-15 DPPA) for more information.