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Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) maintains millions of records for Minnesota residents relating to motor vehicle and driver’s license data.
The name, date of birth and address information collected on motor vehicle and driver’s license applications is classified as restricted information unless the subject of the data has requested that their information not be restricted. Restricted information does not apply to businesses.
What is Data Privacy?
DVS protects the data of Minnesota residents by following both federal and state laws regarding the sharing of motor vehicle and driver’s license data. DVS protects the data by only releasing information to individuals, companies, organizations or government agencies that are entitled by law.
Most of the information collected on driver's license and motor vehicle applications is not available to the general public.
A person who is the subject of the data may authorize the release of information, by completing a Grant Access to Record Authorization Form (PS2503).
Data on records falls into four categories:
Public – anyone can see the data for:
Private - only the subject of the data and those specifically authorized by law including:
Confidential - no one, including the subject, may see this data. The information is only available to authorized department staff.
A record inquiry falls into three categories: commercial, individual and government access.
Commercial Inquiry: Commercial users are required to sign a legal access agreement. The requester may face criminal and civil penalties, under United States code, title 18 (USC, title 18), if the data is misused. DVS charges a fee for the data.
Individual Inquiry: Individual requesters are required to complete a Record Request Form (PS2502). The back of the form lists the allowed reasons to receive the data, or the requester can provide written authorization [Grant Access to Record Authorization Form (PS2503)] from the subject of the data. DVS will determine if the requester is allowed to receive the information. There is a fee for the data.
Government Access: Law enforcement and court agencies have access to the computer records through a criminal justice computer network. Other government agencies also have access to the records to obtain or verify information needed to carry out their programs.
DVS complies with all federal and state laws regarding the dissemination of motor vehicle and driver’s license data.
Individuals are required to complete a Record Request Form (PS2502), indicating how they are entitled under United States Code, Title 18, section 2721, to receive record information or provide written authorization from the subject of the data.
Refer to the Records Fee Page for all fee information. When requesting a record, the fee must accompany the request. Please make checks payable to Driver and Vehicle Services.
Data Privacy Laws
Record information is provided pursuant to: United States Code, Title 18, section 2721 (See Permissible Use in the FAQ section of this page).
Minnesota Data Privacy Act, Chapter 13
Minnesota Statute 171.12 subdivision 7
Minnesota Statute 171.12 subdivision. 7a
DVS complies with all federal and state laws regarding the dissemination of motor vehicle and driver’s license data. DVS will only release restricted information to individuals, companies, organizations or government agencies entitled by law to receive the information or when the subject of the data has authorized the release of information. Most of the information collected on driver's license and motor vehicle applications is not available to the general public.
Attorney Record Affidavit (PS2505)
Record Request Form (PS2502)
Multiple Record Supplement Form (PS2502)
Grant Access to Record Authorization Form (PS2503)
Crash Record Request Form (PS2503)
Am I able to hide my address from the public?
Individuals, who have a genuine concern for their safety, such as law enforcement officials or someone in a crisis situation, may request that the address field on their driver’s license or motor vehicle record be classified as Private Data and display a valid alternate mailing address. They may also request that the name field on their motor vehicle record reflect Private.
Those requesting changes need to complete and return the Private Data Request Form (PS33202) and provide a valid alternate mailing address. The address cannot be a place of business. DVS will mail all division correspondence, such as renewal notices, to the alternate mailing address.
Once the form has been filed, only the subject of the data is able to transact business with DVS, such as renew registration for a vehicle, purchase license plates or apply for a duplicate title.
Note: If an alternate mailing address is requested for a driver’s license record, a new driver’s license is printed with the alternate address. As a result, the address may be different than the one displayed on the person’s checks or credit cards.
To discontinue the program, the person must send a written request to DVS at:
Driver and Vehicle Services – Central OfficeTown Square Building445 Minnesota Street, Suite 190Saint Paul, MN 55101-5190
What is Permissible Use?
DVS will provide the record information to anyone entitled to receive it under United States Code, Title 18, section 2721.
Those seeking record information attest that they are authorized, under the Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act, to obtain the records and personal information:
Driver and Vehicle Services – Central OfficeTown Square Building445 Minnesota Street, Suite 190Saint Paul, MN 55101-5190Email:
Driver’s License: DVS.firstname.lastname@example.orgMotor Vehicle: DVS.email@example.com
Phone:Driver’s License: (651) 297-3298Motor Vehicle: (651) 297-2126Records: (651) 215-1335Office Locations: (651) 297-2005 Assistance for Hearing Impaired Callers (TDD/TTY): (651) 282-6555
DVS Office Locations