All motor vehicle records are classified as "protected." Under this designation, a motor vehicle record may only be released to the subject of the record, the subject's legal representative, law enforcement and others designated in the law. Motor vehicle records are not available for commercial advertising use.
Utah law and the Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act allows records to be disclosed under the following situations:
Federal statute states that for some specified reasons information contained in motor vehicle records shall be disclosed yet, for other specified reasons, may not be disclosed. The reasons that fall under "may be disclosed" allows the state discretion in the disclosure of its motor vehicle records. Specifically, Utah has decided to exercise its discretionary powers to deny access to motor vehicle records when the intent of access is for debt collection, skip tracing or asset recovery.
The recorded owner, lien holder or other statutorily permitted entity may purchase a protected record after demonstrating it has legal right to access the record.
To purchase protected motor vehicle information, a qualified requestor may subscribe to the on-line Title, Lien and Registration Information Service (TLRIS) service (see below), or present a completed Form TC-890, Release of Protected Motor Vehicle Information to the DMV.
The fees for requests are:
Motor vehicle information is available only through TLRIS, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A TLRIS subscription costs $95 per year, plus $2 per record accessed. To access a record online using TLRIS, the requestor must have a full Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or a license plate number. Eligible organizations may subscribe to TLRIS by visiting http://utah.gov/registration/.
This website is provided for general guidance only. It does not contain all motor vehicle laws or rules.