The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has the ability to track the source of the accesses of every Minnesota drivers license. This information, outlining who “pinged” your electronic drivers license data, is called “audit trail data.” In the last couple of days, I have had several Minnesotans ask me how they can obtain the audit trail data for the accesses of their drivers licenses.
Minnesota’s state, county, and city law enforcement, as well as other government officials can access your drivers license data through two different avenues:
1) Through the Driver Vehicle Services (DVS) web-based system (all agencies with access can use this system)
2) Through the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) system (only law enforcement can access it using this system)
You can ask the DPS for the audit trail history of the accesses of your data. The data accesses that show up on the BCA access report are NOT redundant of those that you see on the DVS access report, so you need to access the audit trail report from both avenues.
Here is how you obtain the the access data on your drivers license data through DVS (#1, above):
– send an email to Kim Jacobson at DPS, at firstname.lastname@example.org
– Give her your name and Date of birth.
– She will email you the data in an Excel spreadsheet in 10 days or more.
– I have included a link to the website outlining the process for getting info from BCA, directly below. Below that is the link to the pdf form you need to use. Print it out, fill it out, notarize it, and send it in. Two weeks+ to receive your data. Expect it to arrive hard copy, in the mail.
While the DVS data comes in spreadsheet form and is easy to read, the BCA format is more difficult to read and will take some time for you to interpret.