49-203. Prohibition on release and use of personal information contained in motor vehicle and driver records. (1) Except as otherwise provided, the department and any officer, employee, agent or contractor thereof, shall not knowingly disclose to any person or entity personal information about any individual when such information was obtained from a motor vehicle or driver record.
(2) Personal information shall be disclosed, except as restricted in subsection (6) of this section, for use in connection with matters of motor vehicle or driver safety and theft, motor vehicle emissions, motor vehicle product alterations, recalls or advisories, performance monitoring of motor vehicles and dealers by motor vehicle manufacturers, and removal of nonowner records from the original owner records of motor vehicle manufacturers to carry out the purposes of the Automobile Information Disclosure Act (15 USC 1231 et seq.), the Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Savings Act (49 USC 32101 et seq.), the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966, the Anti Car Theft Act of 1992, and the Clean Air Act (42 USC 7401 et seq., as amended.)
(3) Personal information may be disclosed if the requesting person demonstrates in such form and manner as the department prescribes, that he has obtained the written consent of the individual to whom the personal information pertains.
(4) Personal information may be disclosed, except as restricted in subsection (6) of this section, on proof of the identity of the person requesting a record, and representation by such person that the use of the personal information will be strictly limited to any of the following described uses:
(a) For use by any government agency, including any court or law enforcement agency, in carrying out its functions, or any private person or entity acting on behalf of a federal, state, or local agency in carrying out its functions.
(b) For use in matters of motor vehicle or driver safety and theft; motor vehicle emissions, motor vehicle product alterations, recalls or advisories; performance monitoring of motor vehicles, motor vehicle parts, and dealers; motor vehicle market research activities, including survey research; and removal of nonowner records from the original records of motor vehicle manufacturers.
(c) For use in the normal course of business by a legitimate business or its agents, employees or contractors, but only:
(i) To verify the accuracy of personal information submitted by the individual to the business or its agents, employees or contractors; and
(ii) If such information as so submitted is not correct or is no longer correct, to obtain the correct information, but only for the purpose of preventing fraud by pursuing legal remedies against, or recovering on a debt or security interest against, the individual.
(d) For use in connection with any civil, criminal, administrative or arbitral proceeding in any federal, state or local court or agency or before any self-regulatory body, including the services 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.
(e) For use in research activities, and for use in producing statistical reports, so long as personal information is not published, redisclosed or used to contact individuals.
(f) For use by any insurer or insurance support organization, or by a self-insured entity, or its agents, employees or contractors, in connection with claims investigation activities, rating or underwriting.
(g) For use in providing notice to the owners of towed or impounded vehicles.
(h) For use by any licensed private investigative agency or licensed security service for any purpose permitted under the provisions of title 49, Idaho Code.
(i) For use by an employer or its agent or insurer to obtain or verify information relating to a holder of a commercial driver’s license that is required under the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (49 USC 31101 et seq.).
(j) For bulk distribution for surveys, marketing, or solicitations if the department has obtained the written consent of the person to whom such personal information pertains.
(k) For any other use specifically authorized under Idaho Code, if such use is related to public safety or the operation of a motor vehicle.
(l) For use in connection with the operation of private toll transportation facilities, including companies that operate parking facilities for the purpose of providing notice to the owners of vehicles who have used the facility.
(5) Personal information obtained in an individual’s motor vehicle or driver record shall be disclosed, except as restricted in subsection (6) of this section, in response to requests for individual motor vehicle or driver records without regard to the intended use of such personal information if the department has obtained the written consent of the person to whom such personal information pertains.
(6) In addition to the restrictions and prohibitions on the disclosure of personal information contained in motor vehicle and driver records, an individual’s photograph, digitized image of a photograph, digitized signature, social security number, and medical or disability information shall not be disclosed without the written consent of the person to whom such information pertains, except for uses permitted under subsections (4)(a) and (4)(d) of this section.
(7) Authorized recipients of personal information may redisseminate such information only for those purposes set forth in paragraphs (a) through (l) of subsection (4) of this section. For the purposes of this subsection (7), "authorized recipients" means an individual, organization or entity who receives personal information for uses permitted in paragraphs (a) through (l) of subsection (4) of this section and includes record redisseminators who agree to redisseminate such information only for the purposes set forth in paragraphs (a) through (l) of subsection (4) of this section.
[49-203, added 1997, ch. 80, sec. 8, p. 185; am. 2000, ch. 51, sec. 1, p. 98; am. 2000, ch. 52, sec. 1, p. 100]