Over 270,000+ undocumented immigrants gained the right to drive through the driver privilege card (DPC). Everyone interacting with the DMV provides their personal information including where a person lives, what car they drive, and a photo of what they look like. During the 2021 session, Virginia is took action to make sure everyone’s driver information is protected as of July 1, 2021. Your information is now protected at the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) when you get a license or privilege card.
HB 2163 makes sure our information is not freely shared. HB 2163 is critical to protecting the personal information of all Virginia drivers from being bought and sold by private companies and preventing ICE from misusing the DMV database to detain and deport immigrant residents of Virginia.
How Is Our Information Shared?
Data collected from the DMV can be accessed through 3rd party vendors/data brokers or Virginia State Police. This information could be at risk of being accessed for civil immigration purposes by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In many instances, it has led to ICE showing up at the doorsteps of unsuspecting residents and families such as in Maryland, Vermont, Washington, and California.
In addition, corporations with access to our information do not have any limits on how our it is shared and to whom.
By allowing the state police and corporations the ability to provide information for immigration purposes, this can endanger undocumented family members who live with a recipient of a DPC and DPC holders.
How Virginia is Protecting Driver Information?
Legislators voted to stand up against ICE and provide protections from corporations that are profiting off aiding deportations in our communities by voting YES on HB 2163.
HB 2163 would protect immigrants’ personal information, as well as that of other Virginia drivers. HB 2163 solidifies existing policies and practices that DMV has already put in place in its agreements with private companies to regulate the use of driver personal information and limit third-party data sharing.
This would also establish oversight and accountability to protect our personal information from a security breach and unauthorized use by third parties. This would stop the free reign of how our information can be shared and used.