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
- 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.