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Claim: Florida motorists can block the DMV from disclosing their motor vehicle and driver license records.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2003]
Origins: It's true that the state of Florida has enacted a Driver Privacy Protection Act which provides motorists with a means of limiting (with certain exceptions) who has access to their motor vehicle and driver license records. And it's true that the Florida DMV provides a form on their web site through which motorists can keep this information private. (Under state law such records are subject to public disclosure unless individuals specifically limit access to them by invoking their right to "opt out.")
However, a couple of points in the brief
It's either a hoax or just a bad rumor that caught fire, but it's been driving officials at the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles buggy over the past several days.Last updated: 12 September 2007
They say they are not selling motorists' personal information despite an
Although Florida has strong open government laws, it also prohibits releasing Social Security numbers and drivers can take action to block access to other personal information, including their address.
The only recent change was a 1999 law signed by Governor Jeb Bush that increased drivers' privacy by rescinding a 1998 law allowing an exception to the state's long-standing prohibition against the sale of driver license photos.
In the past several weeks, about a million drivers have applied to the department's web site to prevent anyone from getting information off their particular file. More than
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