Monday, May 21, 2012

Who really owns that car?

Did you know that the Illinois Secretary of State will perform a vehicle title search for $5.00?  Neither did I.  
Dawn Weekly pointed this out on the ISBA email list today.  Another attorney wanted to know who to subpoena to ascertain ownership of a car.  Dawn pointed out that the Secretary of State has a standard procedure for this and that no subpoena was necessary.

HERE is a link to the Information Request Form, which has also been added to the Forms Archive on this site.  

Please note that you must have a permissible purpose under the Driver Privacy Protection Act (18 U.S.C. 2721, et seq.).  Section E on page 2 of the form, however, gives broad leeway to attorneys who request this information in anticipation of litigation, in connection with litigation, or to enforce any judgment or order.

Thanks for the info Dawn!

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