Driving in the United States

Legal Materials

The “Drunk Driving” and “Motorist Liability Laws” (torts, license revocation, etc.) laws for each state are summarized in The Lawyer’s Almanac. The “Drunk Driving” and “Lemon Laws” of each state are summarized with citations in the National Survey of State Laws. Lemon laws are posted on Lemon Law America (www.lemonlawamerica.com), though we don’t know how often the site is updated.

Driving Records

Driving records from almost all states are available from DrivingRecord.net, providing you have a permissible use. Accurint has about 20 states.

Otherwise, you can get driving records by providing the license number to a public records retrieval company, such as Accurate Credit Bureau or a competitor, again assuming you have a permissible use.

Another way: If you have some time, you could contact the relevant Department of Motor Vehicles in the relevant state and try to do the research directly (www.dmv.ca.gov/vehindustry/otherdmvs.htm).

Driver’s Licenses

You can get the information on a person’s driver’s license from Lexis for about two dozen states. The information generally includes the person’s license number, issue date and expiration date. You might also find out the person’s gender, birth date, height, weight, hair color, etc. Follow the path: “Area of Law – By Topic/Litigation Practice & Procedure/Investigate Person, Property & Business” or, to search in a particular state: “States Legal – U.S./[name of state]/Public Records/Find Licenses”.

Accurint and TLO have driver’s license records. Before you search, check which states are covered and whether the data is current.

Each state’s rules for revoking a driver’s license is summarized in The Lawyer’s Almanac (Aspen).

See Also

State Government Agencies
Automobile Valuation Information

Driving: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about Driving. This part provides references, in relation to Driving, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about Driving by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about Driving and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about Driving or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to Driving and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting Driving. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about Driving should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to Driving when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

Tools and Forms

Law in Other Regions

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