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Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA)

Under state law, motor vehicle, driver license, and vehicular crash records are subject to public disclosure. The Driver Privacy Protection Act, 18 United States Code, Sections 2721-2725 (DPPA) keeps your personal information private by limiting who has access to the information. The department automatically blocks personal information on your motor vehicle and driver license records.

What kind of personal information does DPPA cover?

DPPA is designed to limit public access to your social security number, driver license or identification card number, name, address, telephone number, medical or disability information, and emergency contact information contained in your motor vehicle and driver license.

What does DPPA not cover?

As defined in 18 United States Code, Section 2175: personal information protected under DPPA does not include "vehicular crashes, driving violations, and driver's status."

How can I obtain personal information from my own records? For example, how can I request my Florida driver license number?

You may request personal information from your own record by fully completing and signing a public records request form. For driver record request, please complete the Driver License Records Request form. For a motor vehicle record request, please complete the Motor Vehicle Records Request form. Mail the completed and signed form to the address listed at the top of the form.

Can I obtain personal information from other people's records?

You can obtain personal information from other people's records only if you meet one of the exemptions allowed by law. These exemptions are listed on each the Driver License Records Request form and the Motor Vehicle Records Request form. Mail the completed and signed form to the address listed at the top of the form.

Who will still have access to my personal information?

Certain persons, organizations,

  • Auto manufacturers conducting a recall of parts or vehicles.
  • Government agencies or private investigators with proper credentials and reasonable cause (such as if your car was stolen).
  • A legitimate business verifying information for employment purposes.
  • Insurance agencies.
  • Towing companies.
  • Companies, like bus lines, that may need information about their commercial drivers.
  • A person or agency that you have given written permission to access the information.

Can I request personal information on my motor vehicle and driver license records be disclosed?

Yes, you can print Request For Disclosure of Personal Information Form, write in the required information, and mail the form to the department. This will unblock your personal information and allow anyone requesting motor vehicle, driver license, and vehicular crash records to obtain your personal information. To subsequently request to re-block your personal information, you can print a Request To Withhold Personal Information Form, write in the required information, and mail the form to the department. This will again block your personal information.

Florida Statute on DPPA

Federal Statute on DPPA

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