The checking of driving licence information is based on the right of individuals to check the right to drive of persons operating vehicles on the road

12/9/18, 12:00 AM

Trafi takes very seriously all matters relating to data protection and data security, and these are taken into account in all service development and maintenance work. The information available from the Trafi driver information service is classified in law as public information, and the disclosure of this information is based on the right of individuals to check the right to drive of persons operating vehicles on the road. Information subject to a protection order is not shown.

The entry into force of the Transport Services Act at the start of July increase the availability of this information, as the act states that everyone has the right to obtain information on a person’s right to drive a vehicle or other means of transport. This information was already public earlier on, and could be obtained by phone, by email, or through a paid online service. With the arrival of the Transport Services Act, online enquiries regarding this information also became free of charge, so that everyone would have the same opportunities to acquire this information if needed.

Using Trafi’s private information service, you can search by name, domicile, or personal identity number for an individual’s driving licence or professional qualification information and information about the validity of their right to drive. The public nature and disclosure of driving right information is based on the right of individuals to check the right to drive of persons operating vehicles on the road. For those operating professional transport services, the checking of such information is generally very understandable. Checking the right to drive may be necessary, for example, when a car dealer lets a car be taken for a test drive or when a car rental company rents out a vehicle. The service also helps with the checking of a driver’s right to drive in other situations, such as those relating to recreational or private activities.

Enquiries have been made with Trafi about the information provided by the service and the public nature of this information. The service shows the public information for all individuals holding a Finnish driving licence. As this is a public, official register, the normal disclosure prohibitions for marketing or contact details do not prevent the information from being viewable in this service. Information subject to a protection order is not shown.

Trafi takes very seriously all matters relating to data protection and data security, and these are taken into account in all service development work. Trafi also examines all possible problems that arise. Information on driving rights is classified in law as public information, meaning that Trafi is obliged to disclose it upon request.

Further information:
Director General of Transport System and Development Janne Huhtamäki, tel: +358 29 5345 599, janne.huhtamaki (at) trafi.fi