321.11  Records of department.

All records of the department, other than those made confidential or not permitted to be open in accordance with 18 U.S.C. § 2721 et seq., adopted as of a specific date by rule of the department, shall be open to public inspection during office hours.

Personal information shall be disclosed to a requestor if the individual whose personal information is requested has not elected to prohibit disclosure of the information to the general public. The department shall give notice in a clear and conspicuous manner on forms for issuance or renewal of driver's licenses, titles, registrations, or nonoperator's identification cards that personal information collected by the department may be disclosed to any person. The department shall provide in a clear and conspicuous manner on these forms an opportunity for an individual to prohibit disclosure of personal information to the general public. As used in this paragraph, "personal information" means information that identifies a person, including a person's photograph, social security number, driver's license number, name, address, telephone number, and medical or disability information, but does not include information on vehicular accidents, driving violations, and driver's status or a person's zip code.

Notwithstanding other provisions of this section to the contrary, the department shall not release personal information to a person, other than to an officer or employee of a law enforcement agency, an employee of a federal or state agency or political subdivision in the performance of the employee's official duties, a contract employee of the department of inspections and appeals in the conduct of an investigation, or a licensed private investigation agency or a licensed security service or a licensed employee of either, if the information is requested by the presentation of a registration plate number. In addition, an officer or employee of a law enforcement agency may release the name, address, and telephone number of a motor vehicle registrant to a person requesting the information by the presentation of a registration plate number if the officer or employee of the law enforcement agency believes that the release of the information is necessary in the performance of the officer's or employee's duties.

Section History: Early form

  [C39, § 5000.11; C46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, 71, 73, 75, 77, 79, 81, § 321.11]

Section History: Recent form

  96 Acts, ch 1102, § 1, 3; 97 Acts, ch 108, § 3; 98 Acts, ch 1035, §1


  For conditional repeal of 1996 amendments based upon status of federal law and related duties of the director, see 96 Acts, ch 1102, § 2, 3

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