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Public Information Request (FFDMV 4)

Obtaining Information From DMV Records

Statistical Information

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) maintains information on approximately 36 million vehicle/vessel registrations (VR), 30 million driver licenses (DL) and/or identification (ID) cards, and 420,000 occupational licensing (OL) records.

Confidential information is not considered public record. This includes certain DMV personnel matters, physical/mental information, residence address, social security number (SSN), incomplete findings from research, results of ongoing investigations, operation plans, and electronic data security controls.

Note: Residence address and SSN are confidential except when the requester is authorized by law to receive it.

How to Obtain Information

To request public information from DMV’s database, you must submit the appropriate form and fee using one of the following service methods: online, mail, or visit a local field office. All fees are based on the cost of searching departmental records, not whether a record is located; the fees will not be refunded once the request is processed. Fees submitted by mail must be paid by check, cashier’s check, or money order.

How to Obtain Forms

All forms listed in this brochure can be obtained by mail and some may be available on the DMV website at www.dmv.ca.gov.

For forms (up to 15 copies each), call (916) 657-8098 or write:

DMV
Information Release Unit, MS G199
PO Box 944247
Sacramento, CA 94244-2470

Order Forms in Bulk Quantities

Bulk orders (quantities greater than 15) are processed by the DMV Materials Management Section and are accepted by email, fax, or mail. Submit your request on business letterhead, fax coversheet, or email to:

Email: DMVASDPublicForms@dmv.ca.gov

Fax: (916) 928-6817

Mail: DMV
Materials Management Section
4201 Sierra Point Drive, Suite 112
Sacramento, CA 95834-7900

All requests must include the:

  • Business name, telephone number, contact name, and street address for delivery. Delivery will not be made to a PO Box.
  • Form number, title, and quantity requested.

What Form to Submit

To request DL/ID or VR records, one of the following forms must be completed. The form and fee are determined by the type of information being requested. Forms must be completed online and printed (preferred), typed, or completed by hand. Below is a description of the most common requests:

Important: Forms include instructions, fee amounts, and contact information.

Online Requests

You can request your own DL/ID or VR record online; the fee is $2. This type of record is not an official document. Prior to submitting the request, you must create an online account. Visit www.dmv.ca.gov for additional information. If you need an official document, you must submit a (INF 1125) (PDF) or (INF 70) (PDF) form with $5 by mail or at your local field office.

Field Office Requests

Field offices can process a:

  • Request for Your Own Driver License/ Identification Card (DL/ID) or Vehicle/ Vessel Registration (VR) Information Record (INF 1125).
  • Request for Record Information (INF 70).
  • Registration Information Request for Lien Sale (INF 1126).
  • Dealer Vehicle/Vessel Registration (VR) Information Request (INF 1120).

To save time, make an appointment at www.dmv.ca.gov or call 1-800-777-0133.

Mail Requests to DMV Headquarters

The following forms may be submitted by mail:

  • Request for Your Own Driver License/Identification Card (DL/ID) or Vehicle/ Vessel Registration (VR) Information Record (INF 1125).
  • Request for Record Information (INF 70).
  • Registration Information Request for Lien Sale (INF 1126).
  • Dealer Vehicle/Vessel Registration (VR) Information Request (INF 1120).
  • Attorney’s Information Request (Vehicle/ Vessel Related Incidents Only) (INF 1161E).

To request information from DMV’s DL and VR databases and copies of records, complete and submit the appropriate form and fee to:

DMV
Public Operations, MS G199
PO Box 944247
Sacramento, CA 94244-2470

Driver Safety (DS) Hearing Transcripts Requests (Administrative Records/ Transcripts) and DS Hearing Process

Requests for procedures governing DS hearings (also available free at www.dmv.ca.gov) must be submitted in writing with a $2 nonrefundable deposit fee.

Requests for a copy of a DS document and/or audio file must be submitted in writing with a $115 nonrefundable deposit fee.

Mail to:
DMV
Litigation Services Unit, MS J256
2570 24th Street
Sacramento, CA 95818-7010
Phone: (916) 657-8431

The fees are:

Request Type Fee
Transcription fee (per page) $5.00
Exhibit copy (per side)* .10
Micrographic copy (per page)* .20
CD/audio recording (per CD/audio file) 6.00
Certification (transcription/exhibit/administrative record) 12.00
*Plus clerical fee (per quarter hour) 6.00

Fees are determined by the volume and availability of the documents requested. You will be notified of the final cost. All fees must be paid prior to the release of the information.

Financial Responsibility Requests

To request financial responsibility (insurance) information, an uninsured motorist certificate, or copy of a DMV Report of Traffic Accident Occurring in California (SR 1) form, submit a completed Financial Responsibility Information Request (SR 19C) (PDF) form and $20 to:

DMV
Financial Responsibility Unit, MS J237
PO Box 942884
Sacramento, CA 94284-0884

Note: Accident and insurance information is only released to individuals who were involved in the accident or are an attorney for an individual involved in an accident.

Occupational Licensing (OL) Requests

Information about a car dealer, salesperson, dismantler, driving school, registration service, traffic violator school, traffic violator school list, or vehicle verifier is available free of charge when using the Occupational Licensing Status Information System. Information includes license status, ownership information, and history of disciplinary actions taken by DMV.

To request a current OL printout not available on the Occupational Licensing Status Information System, you must submit a completed Request for Occupational Licensing Information (OL 100) (PDF) form with $5 to:

DMV
Occupational Licensing Unit, MS L224
PO Box 932342
Sacramento, CA 94232-3420

To request a copy of an OL record (applications, bond documents, etc.), submit a Public Records Act request. For additional information refer to the Public Record Act and/or Information Practices Act Requests section.

National Driver Register (NDR) Requests

Employers: To obtain information reported by a state to the NDR on a current or prospective employee, submit a completed Request for National Driver Register (NDR) File Check on Current or Prospective Employee (INF 1301A) (PDF) form and $5 to:

DMV
Public Operations, MS G199
PO Box 944247
Sacramento, CA 94244-2470

Individuals: Submit a notarized letter directly to the Department of  Transportation NDR. The INF 1301A form is not required and there is no charge for this service. Your letter must include your full legal name, date of birth, gender, height, weight, eye color, DL number, and issuing state (your SSN is optional).

Mail requests to:

Department of Transportation
National Driver Register
Room W55-201
1200 New Jersey Avenue, S.E.
Washington, DC 20590

Additional information is available at: www.nhtsa.gov/research-data/national-driver-register-ndr.

Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) Requests

To request a Form 700 for a DMV official, designated employee, or consultant, contact:

DMV
Human Resources Branch, MS A208
Attn: COI Coordinator
2415 1st Avenue
PO Box 932315
Sacramento, CA 94232-3150
Phone: (916) 657-7541
Fax: (916) 657-6733

The fee to obtain a copy of a Form 700 is $.10 per page. A $5 retrieval fee will be charged for a copy of a Form 700 that is five or more years old. Fees are determined by the volume and availability of the documents requested. You will be notified of the final cost. All fees must be paid prior to the release of the information.

Public Records Act (PRA) and/or Information Practices Act Requests

To request documents according to the PRA (California Government Code §6250) and/or the Information Practices Act (California Civil Code §1798 et seq.), contact:

DMV
Legal Affairs Division, MS C128
2415 1st Avenue
PO Box 932382
Sacramento, CA 94232-3820
Phone: (916) 657-6469
Fax: (916) 657-6243

Requests for inspection or copying of public records should sufficiently describe the records so that they can be identified, located, and retrieved by DMV personnel. This request is for information not included in any other area of this brochure.

The fees for documents not listed in this brochure are at least the actual costs based on the hourly salary rate of each employee(s) involved, multi- plied by the time to locate, review, and mask confidential information (if needed), program any computer software (if needed), copy, and mail the requested documents, plus $.20 per page photocopy charge. Fees are determined by the volume and availability of the documents requested. You will be notified of the final cost. All fees must be paid prior to the release of the information.

If you are a party to a lawsuit, you or your attorney may consider serving a subpoena at the Legal Affairs Division to obtain the documents.

FFDMV 4 (REV. 2/2018)

 

 
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