FEDERAL DRIVER’S PRIVACY PROTECTION ACT and WISCONSIN’S PUBLIC RECORDS LAW
A decision issued by the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Senne v. Vill. of Palatine, 695 F.3d (2012) states that under the provisions of the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) personal identifying information derived from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), is prohibited from disclosure to the public unless one of 14 DPPA exceptions apply. The DPPA preempts any conflicting state law that regulates the dissemination of motor vehicle record information.
In order to comply with the Federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, the Mayville Police Department must remove all personal information that identified an individual including the following data elements before copies of such reports may be provided to the public without the written consent of the persons named therein;
2. Dates of Birth
3. Address (except 5-digit zip codes)
4. Phone Numbers (cell and land lines)
6. Social Security Numbers
7. Medical or Disability Information
8. Driver’s License and DOT ID card numbers and physical descriptors
The Mayville Police Department wants you to be aware that your copy of a requested report may contain significant deletions (blacked out) in order to comply with the Federal Law. Civil and criminal penalties will apply to any person who disseminates legally protected personal data without a permissible use as stated in the Federal Law. Falsifying any form may result in Federal and/or State civil and/or criminal penalties.
Traffic Accident/Crash Reports
Unredacted accident/crash reports can be be obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (608)266-8753 or by clicking Here.
How to Request a Report
Complete the Records Request form. 1) Drop off form in person, or 2) Fax the form to the police department at (920)387-7918