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General Records & Privacy Information

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This page provides information about DMV records and the measures taken to protect the information contained within them.
 
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General Information
DMV is required by Oregon law to maintain vehicle and driver records. The majority of these are considered public records and are available by making a request and paying a fee (Ordering a DMV RecordOrdering Traffic Accident Information). However, there are laws and circumstances that prohibit certain information contained within DMV records from being disclosed (see sections below). Additionally, Oregon law requires the Oregon Department of Transportation to post positive drug test results to the employment driving record of commercial drivers license (CDL) holders who participate in federally mandated drug testing programs for motor carriers.
 
Certain organizations and individuals may qualify for Record Inquiry Accounts, which allow access to certain driver and vehicle records via DMV's Interactive Voice Response (IVR) System or online request, and some account holders may subscribe to DMV's Automated Reporting Service (ARS).

Oregon Record Privacy Law
On September 13, 1997 Oregon's Record Privacy Law went into effect. The purpose of the law is to make personal information contained in DMV records private. This protects Oregon citizens from having personal information in their DMV records given out to individuals not authorized to receive it.  Please refer to Oregon law (ORS 802.175-802.191) and Oregon Administrative Rule 735-010-0200 through 0230 for the complete list of what entities may qualify for personal information and the allowed uses of personal information.

Personal Information is:
  • Driver License, Instruction Permit, or ID Card Number
  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
DMV is required by Oregon law to maintain vehicle and driver records. The majority of these records are considered public records and are available by making a request and paying a fee. There are certain circumstances where certain information contained in DMV records cannot be disclosed. This does not mean that DMV records are no longer available to the public. DMV records are available with or without personal information. Only the personal information contained in the record is protected. Customers can still obtain records even if they don't qualify for personal information, but the records they receive will be "sanitized" to remove all personal information other than their own. Any customer can purchase a sanitized record.

Oregon Consumer Identity Theft Protection Act
The Oregon Consumer Identity Theft Protection Act was passed during the 2007 Legislative Session and applies to all businesses, organizations, government agencies, and individuals that collect and maintain personally identifying information. The intent of the law is to ensure the security of customer information and to outline steps that must be taken in the event of a security breach. The law also allows consumers to place a "security freeze" on their credit reports maintained by credit reporting agencies. DMV has developed a security plan addressing the requirements of the law as well as a model for responding to breaches.
 
Please visit the Oregon Identity Theft Protection Act Web Site for more information on this law.

Reading An Oregon Driving Record
To assist with the reading of driver records, DMV provides a Driving Record Explanation Summary (Form 735-7104), which contains a brief explanation of some common entries found on Oregon driving records, and a Guide to Oregon Driving Records (Form 735-6665), which contains comprehensive instructions for reading Oregon driving records.

Related Information
Additional information that may be relevant includes: