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S.F. No. 1398 - Electronic Storage of Motor Vehicle and Driver’s License Transactions
Author: Senator David J. Osmek
Prepared By: Senate Counsel, Research and Fiscal Analysis (651/296-4791)
Date: March 16, 2017


Section 1 authorizes deputy registrars to store motor vehicle transaction records electronically if 60 days have elapsed since the transaction.  The author’s amendment requires that the electronic medium comply with specified federal requirements and policies.  The deputy registrar would be responsible for costs associated with the conversion.  A data audit trail must be maintained.  Data in the audit trail are public to the extent not otherwise classified.

Section 2 permits driver’s license agents to store records electronically, consistent with the requirements applicable to motor vehicle transaction records in section 1.

Section 3 requires the commissioner of public safety to establish standards for the conversion to secure electronic storage of records under the bill.  The standards must specify minimum security requirements and procedural requirements for destruction.  Under the author’s amendment, the authority to establish or amend standards under this section expires on August 1, 2018.

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