(from reader Scott)
The DMV is authorized to give out (sell) your personal information to anyone: (name, DOB, phone number, address, SS#, Medical disabilities, etc.) with no problem. However, if you choose, you can go to the State of Florida web site and block the DMV from passing on any of your information to unauthorized users.
You can do this because the Florida Legislature passed a bill which allows citizens to protect their personal information on Florida’s motor vehicle and driver license data bases. Protected information includes:
- driver license or identification card number
- phone number
- social security number
- medical or disability information
The easiest way to protect against the DMV from giving out personal information to anyone is to go to https://www2.hsmv.state.fl.us/dlstatus.html and enter your driver’s license number. The site will verify your license expiration date, verify if your driver’s license is valid, and tell you if your license is blocked. It will also give you the opportunity to block it at that time by following the instructions. You will need to enter your birth date and year.