OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - The state of Oklahoma has collected at
least $65 million in the past five years by selling personal
information from motor vehicle records.
That's according to a copyrighted story published Sunday by The
Oklahoman and the Tulsa World. The newspapers found that most of
the records are bought online for $12.50 each, with $10 going to
the state and a $2.50 processing fee going to the company that
operates the state's Web site.
Wellon Poe, the chief legal counsel for the Department of Public
Safety, says the biggest buyers of motor vehicle records are
clearinghouses that sell the information to insurance companies and
While the state earns money selling records that include birth
dates, some lawmakers and labor groups want to stop the release of
government workers' birth dates under the Oklahoma Open Records
Act. A bill that would do that is pending before the Legislature.