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Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA)

Federal law prohibits the TxDMV from disclosing or confirming any of your personal information to the general public. This law, the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), makes it illegal for the general public, including the media, to obtain, publish or confirm personal information about you from the state motor vehicle database. The law does provide exceptions for certain entities, such as courts and police.

Texas law provides additional protection under the Motor Vehicle Records Disclosure Act, and the Public Information Act (Section 552.130).

However, be aware that other businesses may collect and sell information on you and your vehicle. Generally, these are motor vehicle-related businesses that capture information in their computer systems. These businesses are not covered under the federal and state privacy protection laws.

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