Alabama Vehicle Record
Information Now Online
The Alabama Department of
Revenue recently added several online searches for permissible users of vehicle
information. Both a Registration Record search and a Title Record search
are offered at www.revenue.alabama.gov/motorvehicle/mvinfo.html.
Occasional requesters may
use a credit card for the $2.00 fee per search. Ongoing users may access
as approved, subscribers of Alabama Interactive - the NIC affiliate for the
state. Subscribers also may be eligible to use other premium services such as
obtaining a driving record, a vehicle VIN check, and a criminal record check,
and for filing UCCs.
More CA Regulations on
Consumer Reporting Agencies
Governor Schwarzenegger's recent signature of SB 909, more regulations will be
placed on consumer reporting agencies (CRAs). Although the provisions of the
bill do not take affect until January 1, 2012, CRAs may need to take time to
A CRA will be
required to must post its privacy practice policies on its Internet site or be
prepared to mail a written copy of the policy statement to consumers upon
request. Also, the consumer must be provided a separate section in the privacy
statement that includes the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone
number of the CRA's representatives who can assist a consumer with additional
information regarding the CRA's privacy practices or policies in the event of a
compromise of his or her information.
importantly is a new requirement that demands a CRA to inform a consumer if the
consumer's personal information is transferred to third parties outside
the United States. This "third party" is defined but, not be limited
to, a contractor, foreign affiliate, wholly owned entity, or an employee of the
CRA. A CRA will be liable for any security breaches that occur overseas with
their third-party to the extent of the actual damages caused by the breach of
security plus attorney fees.
If you read the
bill - or the law - you will note the use of the term Investigative Consumer
Reporting Agency throughout. California does not use the definitions
established by the Federal Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA). What California
defines as an Investigative Consumer Reporting Agency is actually what the FCRA
defines as a Consumer Reporting Agency. And the FCRA has a different definition
for what constitiutes an entity as an Investigative Consumer Reporting
The legislation amends California Civil Code §1786.16 and
§1786.20. View the legislation at www.leginfo.ca.gov
(click on Bill Information and then enter SB909).
Increasing for Obtaining CA Birth Certificates|
Per California Assembly
Bill AB 52, effective November 1, 2010, the current fee for certified copies of
birth certificates will increase by $2.00 at both the county and state level.
The law does not set the fee level, but merely passed along a $2.00 increase to
exisiting fees. For example, Monterey County increases from $14.00 to $16.00,
Solano County fee from $19.00 to $21.00, and Sacramento County from $17.00 to
$19.00. The fee at the State Department of Health Services increases from $14.00
Henry County GA Places
Superior Court Dockets Online
The Superior court
in Henry County Georgia docket index is now searchable online at https://hcwebb.boca.co.henry.ga.us/SuperiorCMWebSearch/.
name, associated party, or by case number. The DOB is rarely shown, thus it is
hard to identify subjects with common names.
Follow-up to NY Tax on Information
As we reported last month,
effective 09/01/2010 the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance
issued a memorandum to supposedly clarify the types of information services it
considers taxable. The Department has
interpreted the law to mean that title companies and their vendors are required
to collect sales tax on abstracts of title, tax searches and municipal searches.
However, the language used
was very ambiguous and has caused many information companies to consult
attorneys. For example the Department also mentioned ''investment
reports and services," "Internet-based data services,'' and
"survey results" as being taxable.
Thanks to the Government
Affairs Committee at NPRRA, we are able to pass along several documents that may
be useful for those interested in this situation.
informative article written by Attorney Timothy P. Noonan is viewable to the
public, click here. ?
- The New York Law Journal published an article by Stephen
Saler. "Title Companies Must Collect Sales Tax: How it Works, Are Attorneys
Next?" may be viewed at the author's blog at http://blog.langdontitle.com
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