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Driver Record Data Fight Draws In Lawmakers

Minnesota state lawmakers are trying to slow down a plan from the Department of Public Safety that would restrict public access to driver’s license data, including the bulk sale of data to insurance companies and car dealers. DPS officials say they made the change after thousands of snooping incidents into personal driver’s license records. But insurance industry executives, and Insurance Federation of Minnesota Vice President Mark Kulda, say it could add money to your insurance bill.

03/12/2014

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Enhanced IDs To Ease Re-Entry From Canada, Mexico

Minnesota residents can now apply for enhanced driver’s licenses or identification cards that will make it easier to go back and forth between the U.S. and certain countries. The licenses can be used to re-enter the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, Bermuda or the Caribbean.

02/12/2014

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Tighter Grip On Driver Data Sets Off Minn. Feud

Imminent changes in access policies for Minnesota driver’s license and vehicle registration data have the auto insurance industry warning of higher rates and car dealers saying that safety recalls could be hampered.

02/06/2014

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Iowans Will Be Getting 8-Year Driver’s Licenses

Next year Iowans will be getting driver’s licenses that will expire in five, six, seven or even eight years. The Legislature authorized the longer licenses, and officials say it will take Iowa five years to transition from the current five-year driver’s licenses to eight-year licenses.

12/24/2013

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Older Drivers, Could You Pass The Licensing Test Today?

The demographics of Minnesota’s roads are changing. Between 2006 and 2012, the numbers of drivers age 49 and younger fell sharply. Meanwhile, during the same time period, every category of drivers age 50 and older was on the rise. But from the shape and meaning of road signs to the law allowing right turns on red, a lot has changed over the years.

11/13/2013

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Thousands In Minn. Drive Without Licenses, Sometimes With Fatal Consequences

According to the State Patrol, Abdrihaman Ali is one of thousands of Minnesotans caught driving without a license in the last year.

07/19/2013

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Audit To Examine Driver’s License Database Access

Details about the security of and access to Minnesota driver’s license information are likely to be among the findings in a new state audit.

02/20/2013

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Lawsuit Brewing Over Ex-DNR Worker’s Improper Data Access

The law firm of Sieben, Grose, Von Holtum & Carey says they are joining Sapientia Law Group to represent Minnesotans whose data was improperly accessed by a former employee of the state Department of Natural Resources.

02/05/2013

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Esme’s Blog: Who’s Watching State Databases?

The news that DNR manager John Hunt made 19,000 queries of private driver’s license information is not only creepy, it raises serious concerns about how well the state is keeping our private information private.

01/26/2013

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Arrive At 4 A.M. Or Wait 2 Months For Driver’s License Test

Drive-by some DMV locations and you’ll see lines of cars at 4 a.m. — all hoping to land a chance to take the driver’s test.

10/17/2012

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New Program To Support Education Of Organ Donation

Right now, when you register for a new ID or license, you’re asked about organ donation. But making that choice no longer just means you’ll only check a box.

01/05/2012

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Sen. Limmer Asks For Details Of Possible Database Abuse

A powerful state senator says hundreds of police officers may have abused their power. The officers used a state database to look up personal information on just one woman.

10/05/2011

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Police Investigated For Misuse Of Driver’s License Data

A Twin Cities woman is outraged that her license photo was accessed 425 times by more than 100 law enforcement personnel over a four-year period.

10/04/2011

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Driving Dreams On Hold Because Of Shutdown

Many teenagers can’t get in the driver’s seat just yet because of the state government shutdown.

07/11/2011

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Rush For Services Before Possible Govt Shutdown

The lines are longer at licensing centers as Minnesotans try to beat the possible suspension of many state services scheduled for 12:01 a.m. Friday.

06/30/2011

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