Obtaining vehicle or driver record information

Wisconsin has an ​Open Records Law (Wis. Stat. 19.31 – 19.39). This means the public has the right to access appropriate records and information collected by state government, including DMV records. The law recognizes the need to balance individual privacy with the public's right to access personal information from government records. Both state and federal law identify specific ​records and data that are confidential or that may be disclosed only for limited purposes.

DMV records can be obtained with the completion of a Vehicle/Driver Record Information Request MV2896 and the appropriate fee. ​Section C must be completed indicating under what authority the requestor from Section A has the right to records requested. It is the responsibility of the requester, not the DMV, to determine eligibility.

If the form is completed fraudulently, the requester may be assessed fines under the Federal Driver's Privacy Protection Act passed by Congress in 1994 and ruled constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000. It restricts access to DMV records. The act is intended to protect the privacy of personal information relating to driver licenses and instruction permits, vehicle titles and registrations and identification cards issued by motor vehicle departments.

Vehicle records

Vehicle records

  • Request your own vehicle record online
    or
  • Complete Vehicle/Driver Record Information Request MV2896
    • Include the appropriate fee per record make check or money order payable to: Registration Fee Trust
    • Send to: Vehicle Records, WisDOT
      PO Box 7995
      Madison WI 53707-7995

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Driver records

  • Request your own driving record online
    or
  • Complete Vehicle/Driver Record Information Request MV2896
    • Include the appropriate fee per record make check or money order payable to: Registration Fee Trust
    • Send to: Driver Records, WisDOT
      PO Box 7995
      Madison, WI 53707-7995

Public Abstract Request System

Save time and money, sign up for PARS to obtain records through this online system.

The Public Abstract Request System (PARS) is a secure online service that allows authorized account holders to receive driver and/or vehicle record abstracts quickly and easily using the web.

Driver Information Section
P.O. Box 7983
Madison, WI 53707-7983

Email Wisconsin DMV email service​​​
Phone (608) 264-7447
Fax (608) 267-3812