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168.327 DRIVER AND VEHICLE RECORD FEES.

Subdivision 1.Records and fees.

(a) Upon request by any person authorized in this section, the commissioner shall furnish a certified copy of any driver's license record, instruction permit record, Minnesota identification card record, vehicle registration record, vehicle title record, or accident record.

(b) Except as provided in subdivisions 4 and 5, and other than accident records governed under section 169.09, subdivision 13, the requester shall pay a fee of $10 for each certified record specified in paragraph (a) or a fee of $9 for each record that is not certified.

(c) Except as provided in subdivisions 4 and 5, in addition to the record fee in paragraph (b), the fee for a copy of the history of any vehicle title not in electronic format is $1 for each page of the historical record.

(d) Fees collected under paragraph (b) for driver's license, instruction permit, and Minnesota identification card records must be paid into the state treasury with 50 cents of each fee credited to the general fund. The remainder of the fees collected must be credited to the driver services operating account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705.

(e) Fees collected under paragraphs (b) and (c) for vehicle registration or title records must be paid into the state treasury with 50 cents of each fee credited to the general fund. The remainder of the fees collected must be credited to the vehicle services operating account in the special revenue fund specified in section 299A.705.

(f) Except as provided in subdivisions 4 and 5, the commissioner shall permit a person to inquire into a record by the person's own electronic means for a fee of $4.50 for each inquiry, except that no fee may be charged when the requester is the subject of the data.

(1) Of the $4.50 fee, $2.70 must be deposited in the general fund.

(2) For driver's license, instruction permit, or Minnesota identification card records, the remainder must be deposited in the driver services operating account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705.

(3) For vehicle title or registration records, the remainder must be deposited in the vehicle services operating account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705.

(g) Fees and the deposit of the fees for accident records and reports are governed by section 169.09, subdivision 13.

Subd. 2.Requests for information; surcharge on fee.

(a) Except as otherwise provided in subdivision 3, the commissioner shall impose a surcharge of 50 cents on each fee charged by the commissioner under section 13.03, subdivision 3, for copies or electronic transmittals of public information about the registration of a vehicle or an applicant, or holder of a driver's license, instruction permit, or Minnesota identification card.

(b) The surcharge only applies to a fee imposed in response to a request made in person or by mail, or to a request for transmittal through a computer modem. The surcharge does not apply to the request of an individual for information about that individual's driver's license, instruction permit, or Minnesota identification card or about vehicles registered or titled in the individual's name.

(c) The surcharges collected under this subdivision must be credited to the general fund.

Subd. 3.Exception to fee and surcharge.

(a) Notwithstanding subdivision 2 or section 13.03, a fee or surcharge may not be imposed in response to a request for public information about the registration of a vehicle if the commissioner is satisfied that:

(1) the requester seeks the information on behalf of a community-based, nonprofit organization designated by a local law enforcement agency to be a requester; and

(2) the information is needed to identify suspected prostitution law violators, controlled substance law violators, or health code violators.

(b) The commissioner shall not require a requester under paragraph (a) to make a minimum number of data requests or limit the requester to a maximum number of data requests.

Subd. 4.Driver records subscription service.

(a) The commissioner may implement a driver records subscription service to provide information concerning access to driver license, instruction permit, and identification card records, including regular notice of records that have changed, to subscribers who:

(1) pay applicable fees; and

(2) are approved by the commissioner in accordance with sections 168.346 and 171.12, and United States Code, title 18, section 2721.

(b) If a driver records subscription service is implemented, the commissioner shall establish a fee that does not exceed $3,680 per month for a subscription to the service. Fees collected under this paragraph must be credited to the driver services operating account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705, and are appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes in paragraph (a) and this paragraph.

(c) If a driver records subscription service is implemented, the commissioner shall establish a fee that does not exceed $0.01 per driver record requested. Of the fees collected under this paragraph, 40 percent must be credited to the driver services operating account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705 and is appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes in this subdivision, and 60 percent must be credited to the data security account in the special revenue fund under section 3.9741, subdivision 5.

Subd. 5.Bulk vehicle records requests.

(a) "Bulk vehicle records" in this section is a total of 1,000 or more vehicle title records and vehicle registration records.

(b) The commissioner shall establish a fee that does not exceed $0.01 per record for a request of bulk vehicle records.

(c) Of the fees collected, 40 percent must be credited to the vehicle services operating account in the special revenue fund under section 299A.705 and is appropriated to the commissioner for the purposes in this subdivision, and 60 percent must be credited to the data security account in the special revenue fund under section 3.9741, subdivision 5.

Subd. 6.Review and audit of purchases of bulk driver and motor vehicle records.

Each subscriber and each requester of bulk vehicle records shall engage an independent professional organization to audit its uses of bulk data and its information technology security procedures, including the methods and practices employed in the processing and use of driver and vehicle services data. Within 30 days of the date of the audit report, each subscriber and requester must submit each report to the legislative auditor and the commissioner.

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