ISSUE | ID THEFT
PennDot within law
For decades, Pennsylvania law has permitted access to drivers' records by certain entities strictly for lawful purposes, such as vehicle insurance, credit, jobs, and safety checks of drivers who operate school buses and heavy trucks ("ID theft taken too lightly," May 24). Applicants for insurance, jobs, and credit authorize access to their records. Similar programs are in place in many other states.
When a state Budget Office audit found problems with one data aggregator with authorized access, the state Department of Transportation cut off its access. The audit found no evidence that any driver record had been misused or accessed improperly.
PennDot has managed this process responsibly and will continue to do so under the law.