Motor Vehicles, Department of; data privacy, facial recognition technology. (HB1700)

Introduced By

Del. Kathy Tran (D-Springfield)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Department of Motor Vehicles data privacy; facial recognition technology. Limits the release by the Department of Motor Vehicles (the Department) of information regarding proof documents or of an individual's photograph or signature provided to the Department. The bill prohibits any federal agency that primarily enforces immigration law from accessing information stored by the Department without a judicial warrant or court order. The bill limits the use of and prohibits the State Board of Elections from distributing certain immigration information provided by the Department. The bill prohibits the Department from sharing information with an entity that is in the business of selling information to a third party. The bill prohibits the use of Department information for facial recognition purposes prior to July 1, 2022, except when used by (i) the Department to ensure compliance with the REAL ID Act of 2005 or (ii) law-enforcement agencies to identify victims of sex trafficking. The bill requires the Department, in consultation with the Department of Criminal Justice Services and the Office of the Attorney General and other stakeholders, to develop recommendations on using facial recognition technology and protecting the privacy of the citizens of Virginia and to report such findings to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before December 1, 2021. The bill requires the Department of State Police to review policies related to the access of information through the Virginia Criminal Information Network. Read the Bill »


12/04/2020: Failed to Pass in Committee


01/17/2020Presented and ordered printed 20104588D
01/17/2020Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/23/2020Assigned Transportation sub: Transportation Innovations and General Topics
02/04/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/04/2020Subcommittee recommends laying on the table (7-Y 0-N)
02/06/2020House committee, floor amendments and substitutes offered
02/06/2020Continued to 2021 in Transportation
12/04/2020Left in Transportation