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APNewsBreak: Minn. agency delays driver data shift

February 13, 2014
Associated Press

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Public Safety is postponing for two months the elimination of bulk sales of driver's license and vehicle records.

The policy change was supposed to happen March 10, but the agency will now wait until May. Department spokesman Bruce Gordon told The Associated Press on Thursday that it leaves time to implement a new subscription service for big users of the data.

The department will eventually require specific queries at $5 per lookup for potentially millions of searches annually.

Companies can now pay a flat rate for daily downloads of the driver and vehicle records. Auto insurance companies use them in determining rates and car manufacturers in alerting vehicle owners of safety recalls.

They and others lobbied Gov. Mark Dayton's office to intervene on the bulk-sales decision.



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