Mississippi follows federal statutes with regard to the disclosure of information obtained from motor vehicle records. Such statutes provide that information from vehicle records may be disclosed in the following instances (permitted uses):
1. For use by any governmental agency including any court or law enforcement agency, in carrying out its functions, or any private person or entity acting on behalf of a Federal, State or local agency in carrying out its functions.
2. For use in connection with matters of motor vehicle or driver safety and theft; motor vehicle emissions; motor vehicle product alterations, recalls, or 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.
3. For use in the normal course of business by a legitimate business or its agents, employees, or contractors, but only
||To verify the accuracy of personal information submitted by the individual to the business or its agents, employees, or contractors; and
||If such information as so submitted is not correct or is no longer correct, to obtain correct information, but only for the purposes of preventing fraud by, pursuing legal remedies against, or recovering on a debt of security interest against the individual.
4. For use in connection with any civil, criminal, administrative, or arbitral proceeding in any Federal, State, or Local court or agency or before any self regulatory body, including the service or process, investigation in anticipation or litigation, and the execution of enforcement of judgments and orders, or pursuant to an order of a Federal, State or Local court.
5. For use in research activities, and for use in producing statistical reports, so long as the personal information is not published, re-disclosed, or used to contact individuals.
6. For use by any insurer or insurance support organization, or by a self-insured entity, or its agents, employees, or contractors, in connection with claims investigation activities, anti-fraud activities, rating or underwriting.
For use in providing notice to the owners of towed or impounded vehicles.
For use by any licensed private investigative agency or licensed security service for any purpose permitted under this subsection.
For use by an employer or its agent or insurer to obtain or verify information relating to a holder of a commercial driver’s license that is required under the Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1986 (49 U.S.C. App.2710, et seq.).
10. For use in connection with the operation of private toll transportation facilities
For any other use in response to requests for individual motor vehicle records if the State has obtained the express consent of the person to whom such personal information pertains.
For bulk distribution for surveys, marketing or solicitations if the State has obtained the express consent of the person to whom such personal information pertains.
For use by any requester, if the requester demonstrates it has obtained the written consent of the individual to whom the information pertains.
For any other use specifically authorized under the law of the State that holds the record, if such use is related to the operation of a motor vehicle or public safety.
35.VII.01.01 updated effective July 13, 2012.
As provided under Federal Laws, a person who knowingly obtains, discloses or uses personal information, from a motor vehicle record, for purposes not permitted is liable to the individual to whom the information pertains, who may bring a civil action in a United States District Court. Remedies the court may award are:
1. Actual damages, but not less than liquidated damages in the amount of $2,500;
2. Punitive damages upon proof of willful or reckless disregard of the law;
3. Reasonable attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs reasonably incurred; and
4. Such other preliminary and equitable relief as the court determines to be appropriate