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Businesses and agencies
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Commercial businesses and government agencies may request direct access to driver, vehicle, mobile home, and recreational vehicle records for specific purposes and in accordance with the law. This information is available in the form of individual records requested on an as-needed basis, by subscription, and as bulk information, and may be requested through an official Secretary of State business account.
To apply, complete and submit an application through Record Sales (located under the "Additional Services" section of Online Services).
Obtaining records for a purpose other than those permitted by law is a felony violation, which may be punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 years, a fine up to $15,000, or both. Information obtained from bulk sales cannot be used for purposes of marketing or solicitation.
Requesting driver and vehicle records (Choose tab below)
Log into your online Secretary of State business account to request and purchase individual driver and vehicle records. If you don't have an account, go to Online Services and under "Additional Services" select "Record Sales Services" and then "Request Records" to complete your request.
All records are $11 each.
To request a driving or vehicle record by mail, submit the following:
- Completed Record Request form
- Payment for all requested records ($11 per record; $12 for a certified record). Checks and money orders should be made payable to the State of Michigan.
Mail the form and payment to:
Michigan Department of State
Record Sales Section
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918-1502
Requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received.
To sign up to receive your employees’ driving records annually or whenever a violation, restriction, suspension, or revocation is posted to their record:
- Create or log into your online Secretary of State business account by going to Online Services and under "Additional Services" selecting "Record Sales Services".
- Complete the signed agreement, which establishes the terms and conditions under which records may be obtained. Within the agreement, select all permissible purposes that show your business purpose complies with Driver Privacy Protection laws.
- Provide a completed Access Request form for each individual who needs access to the service.
A monthly bill will be sent to you for all records requested. Invoices may be paid online through your business account.
Organizations may purchase bulk information about drivers and ID holders, vehicle registrations, titles, and other related information. Bulk information is sold in strict compliance with state and federal law, including the Michigan and federal Driver Privacy Protection Acts.
To request bulk information:
- Create or log into your online Secretary of State business account.
- Review the Data Sharing Agreement and account application, which will be provided to you.
- Submit a formal request on your organization’s letterhead and provide deposit payment, as applicable.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Per state law, what are the permissible reasons for requesting a record from the Department of State?
1. For use by a federal, state, or local governmental agency, including a court or law enforcement agency, in carrying out the agency's functions, or by a private person or entity acting on behalf of a governmental agency in carrying out the agency's functions.
2. For use in connection with matters of motor vehicle and driver safety or auto theft; motor vehicle emissions; motor vehicle product alterations, recalls, or advisories; performance monitoring of motor vehicles; motor vehicle market research activities, including survey research; and the removal of non-owner records from the original records of motor vehicle manufacturers.
3. For use in the normal course of business by a legitimate business, including the agents, employees, and contractors of the business, but only to verify the accuracy of personal information submitted by an individual to the business or its agents, employees, or contractors, and if the information as so submitted is no longer correct, to obtain the correct information, for the sole purpose of preventing fraud by pursuing legal remedies against, or recovering a debt against, the individual.
4. For use in connection with a civil, criminal, administrative, or arbitration proceeding in a federal, state, or local court or governmental agency or before a self-regulatory body, including use for service of process, investigation in anticipation of litigation, and the execution or enforcement of judgments and orders, or pursuant to an order of a federal, state or local court, an administrative agency, or a self-regulatory body.
5. For use in legitimate research activities and in preparing statistical reports for commercial, scholarly, or academic purposes by a bona fide research organization, if the personal information is not published, re-disclosed, or used to contact individuals.
6. For use by an insurer or insurance support organizations, or by a self-insured entity, or its agents, employees, or contractors, in connection with claims investigating activity, antifraud activity, rating, or underwriting.
7. For use in providing notice to the owner of an abandoned, towed, or impounded vehicle.
8. For use either by a private detective or private investigator licensed under the Private Detective License Act of 1965, as amended (1965 PA 285; MCL 338.821 to 338.851), or by a private security guard agency or alarm system contractor licensed under the Private Security Guard Act of 1968, as amended (1968 PA 330; MCL 338.1051 to 338.1085), only for another permissible purpose listed here.
9. For use by an employer, or the employer's agent or insurer, to obtain or verify information relating either to the holder of a commercial driver's license that is required under federal law or to the holder of a chauffeur's license that is required under Chapter 3 of the Michigan Vehicle Code.
10. For use by a car rental business, or its employees, agents, contractors, or service firms, for the purpose of making rental decisions.
11. For use in connection with the operation of private toll transportation facilities.
12. For use by a news medium in the preparation and dissemination of a report related in part or in whole to the operation of a motor vehicle or public safety.
13. For any use by an individual requesting information pertaining to himself or herself or requesting in writing that the Secretary of State provide information pertaining to himself or herself to the individual's designee. (A request for disclosure to a designee may be submitted only by the individual.)
Under current law, lists cannot be sold for marketing and/or solicitation.
Does the department provide residents’ phone numbers or email addresses through bulk information sales?
Bulk information sales don't include customer phone numbers or email addresses, and data cannot be used for marketing or solicitation purposes. MDOS checks compliance on all sales and violations can be prosecuted as felony infractions.
Many purchasers are universities, research organizations, and other governments that use the large dataset for research purposes. The Michigan Department of State is authorized by the state Legislature to sell limited customer data to reduce the need for tax revenue.
Where can I learn more about commercial subscription services?
How can my organization learn more about bulk information sales requests?
The List Sales Information Guide explains the request procedure, identifies the types of information available, and provides an estimate for the file size and applicable fees.
To request a List Sales Information Guide, email ListSales@Michigan.gov with the subject line: "Information Guide." In the body of the email, state your business type, the information you are seeking (driver, vehicle, etc.), and for what purpose the information obtained will be used.
Additional questions may be directed to the above email.
How are requested records provided to businesses and agencies?
Requested records will be provided through a secure, online account. Direct Access users are responsible for hardware, software, or internet service provider fees.
A booklet describing Terminal Security and Access/Response Capabilities will be supplied during the final connection process.
How do I read a driving or vehicle record?