Government Affairs Alert

New York Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act

Published May 7, 2020 - Written by IAA, Inc.


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Update: May 7, 2020

The New York DMV will share vehicle data to facilitate vehicle exports! Thanks in part to our efforts, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency is now accepting N.Y. title vehicles, meaning those vehicles can now be exported.

Below is text taken from a document issued by the U.S. Customs office in New Jersey:

Effective 4/28/20

Please be advised that are we are now accepting and processing New York Titles. New York Titles will be accepted but there will be a delay in processing. We will try our best to return and process all NY Titles within 5 (FIVE) business days from the date of submission. So if titles are dropped off on Monday, we will try our best to have them back to you by Friday of the same week, but no LATER than Monday the following week. Please do not ask for exceptions, these are the rules.


Thanks in advance for your time and cooperation in this matter.

Update: April 3, 2020

IAA wanted to share an important update on the New York Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act issue previously communicated February 20, 2020.  We learned early this morning that the New York legislature approved the state budget.  Included in the budget is a provision that allows the New York DMV to share vehicle data with the Federal government to facilitate vehicle exports.

We shared this important communication in February regarding the issue between the New York DMV and the Department of Homeland Security.  This issue resulted in pertinent driver’s license and vehicle information not being shared with the Federal government, thereby halting vehicle exports from New York. The New York legislature approving the state budget with the provision, resolves this issue.  

IAA has worked with the Governor’s office to include this provision in the budget bill. From the moment this became an issue, IAA has been working towards finding a solution with the Federal government and the state of New York. We engaged outside legal counsel and government affairs professionals to have conversations with Governor Cuomo’s office and officials with the Department of Homeland Security. We are proud to have been able to play an important part in finding a compromise that benefits all parties, especially our buyers.  Our buyers are key to our business and we thank you for your understanding and patience during these last couple of months.  

Update: February 20, 2020

Trump Targets New York Again, This Time Over Car Exports

New York Driver’s License Access and Privacy Act

Effective December 14, 2019

The State of New York has determined that, due to the Driver’s License Access and the Privacy Act, the NY DMV will no longer share pertinent driver's license and vehicle registration information with the federal government.  On February 5, 2020, the Acting Secretary of the U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS) informed the State of New York that DHS is taking immediate action that will significantly affect vehicle exports from New York. Specifically, the letter states,  “Because the (New York) Act hinders DHS from validating documents used to establish vehicle ownership, the exporting of used vehicles titled and registered in New York will be significantly delayed and could also be costlier.”

IAA is aware that registered buyers are unable to export vehicles with a New York ownership document. IAA is actively doing our part to provide our buyers with answers and information regarding this sensitive matter.  

IAA is in contact with the New York Governor’s office and is reaching out to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to understand what specific information CBP requires to authorize vehicle exports, including whether this information can be provided by a third party. At this time, IAA is investigating whether an administrative solution will resolve the problem.

Our buyers are key to our business and we thank you for your understanding and patience.  Please check back to this page for future updates.

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