DMV: Privacy and Personal Information Disclosure

Privacy and Personal Information Disclosure

Important information on privacy and access to DMV records.

SERVICE UPDATE:  DMV has transitioned to a new, online-only appointment system for road tests.  You can find the new online appointment system here.  

By law, disclosure of personal information contained within a Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) record is prohibited except as prescribed by federal and state privacy laws.

The federal Driver Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) of 1994 and Connecticut State Law (Title 14 Sec. 14-10) identify the lawful uses of the personal information contained in DMV records. Also, Connecticut State Law (Title 14 Sec. 14-50a) regulates the fees charged for copies of such records.

Under the privacy laws, personal information contained within a DMV record can be legally disclosed only under certain circumstances and for uses permitted under Connecticut State law. By definition, "personal information" means information that identifies an individual, including:

  • Such individualís photograph or image
  • Social Security number
  • Driver's license number
  • Name, Address (but not the 5-digit zip code), telephone number
  • Electronic mail address
  • Medical or disability information,
But does not include other contents of a motor vehicle record, including information on vehicular accidents, driving or equipment-related violations, and driverís license, registration or insurance status.

For those who wish to obtain information on other individuals, you must qualify under the laws referenced above and you must sign under penalty of false statement that the information will be used only for a purpose specified by these laws. You will need to complete a Copy Records Request Form (form J-23). 

There is a difference between a general records request and a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  Learn more and how to apply for a FOIA request at DMV.

For those who wish to obtain their own record information, please refer to our Records Information page.





Content Last Modified on 9/12/2016 2:53:00 PM