DPPA Permissible Use

Federal law, in conjunction with your user agreement with LexisNexis®, requires you to have a permissible use in order to view personal information. The applicable laws governing these uses are the Drivers' Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) and related state laws and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). If you do not have a permissible use, you will not be given access to the personal information.

In addition to complying with these privacy acts, you should understand that, under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) (15 U.S.C. sec 1681), the data provided to you by using the LexisNexis products may not be used as a factor in establishing a consumer's eligibility for credit, insurance, employment or other purposes by that act.


What is the "Driver's Privacy Protection Act" (DPPA)?

The Driver's Privacy Protection Act (18 U.S.C. § 2721 et seq.) (DPPA), which became effective September 13, 1997, is a federal law enacted to regulate the release and sharing of personal information — such as name, address, social security number, and driver license number — assembled by Departments of Motor Vehicles (DMVs).


By selecting a permissible use, your search will be run against the drivers' licenses, motor vehicle registrations and boat registrations for the states that recognize the permissible use you selected.


If you select "I Do Not Have a Permissible Use," you will not be able to search the drivers' licenses, motor vehicle registrations and boat registrations.


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NOTE:  The available DPPA Permissible use selections may change depending on your organization's product subscription.


I have no Permissible Use (Searches Unregulated Data Only)

For persons who do not have a DPPA permissible use.

Private Investigative

Use by any licensed private investigative agency or licensed security services for any purpose under this subsection.


Use in connection with any proceeding (including arbitration) in any court or government agency, or before any self-regulatory body, including investigation in anticipation of litigation.

Debt Recovery/Fraud Collections

Use to verify the accuracy of information about a person who provided the information to you (or to your client) but only if used to recover on a debt against the person or to pursue legal remedies against the person for fraud.


Use in the normal course of business by a legitimate business or its agents, employees or contractors to verify accuracy of personal information submitted by the individual.

On Government Behalf

Use by a government agency, including any court or law enforcement agency, but only in carrying out its functions.

Insurer - Underwriting

Use by an insurer (or its agent) in connection with claims investigation activities, antifraud activities, rating or underwriting.

Insurer - Claims

Use by an insurer (or its agent) in connection with claims investigation activities, antifraud activities, rating or underwriting.

Motor Vehicle Safety

Use (except by or for a motor vehicle manufacturer) in connection with motor vehicle safety or theft, or driver safety. Use in connection with matters of motor vehicle or driver safety and theft; motor vehicle product alterations, recalls, advisories; performance monitoring of motor vehicles, motor vehicle parts and dealers; motor vehicle market research activities, including survey research; and removal of non-owner records from the original owner records of motor vehicle manufacturers.

Employment CDL

Use by an employer or its agent or insurer to obtain or verify information relating to a holder of a commercial driver’s license.