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rmb2830
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September 2, 2013 4:43 pm  

We are trying to locate current liability insurance on a car involved in an accident..does anyone know if Motor Vehicles will give us the insurance info they should have on file from the most recent registration? Is there a process for getting this? I know in the states it can be requested, but never had to do this here (stx)


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LuckyGirl56
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September 2, 2013 6:47 pm  

I seriously doubt it, but worth a try.


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Alana33
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September 2, 2013 7:18 pm  

Call and ask. Can't hurt and they may surprise you. Tommorow, of course, as closed today.


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picaflores
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September 2, 2013 10:50 pm  

I've tried this very recently for a hit and run accident, and they would not give me any info.
Even with the police report in hand.

And for anyone who would like to suggest to have the police investigate it... I'm still working on that, very frustrating.
Accident happened July 15th, and still don't know for sure who owns the car that caused the accident!


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rmb2830
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September 3, 2013 12:56 am  

It's public information in NY and some other states, you just have to fill out a form. I seemed to recall the VI said it was confidential though, but was hoping I was mistaken...we'll see. Wonder if a FOIL request would work, but then there's lots of stuff that legally the VI gov't is supposed to reveal that they won't...


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STXBob
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September 3, 2013 11:30 am  

The strange thing is, VI law says that drivers involved in an accident shall give their personal info to any "person interested" at the scene. But later, you can hardly get that info.

From http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/vicode/
TITLE TWENTY Highways and Motor Vehicles > PART II. MOTOR VEHICLES > Chapter 45. Accidents; Penalties > 20 V.I.C. § 541 (2013) :
"In case of accident to person or property due to the operation of a motor vehicle or bicycle, the person operating such vehicle shall stop and give his name and address and license number to the person injured, or to any policeman or other person interested, and if he is not the owner of the vehicle, also the name and address of such owner. He shall also report the details of such accident at the nearest police station. In case of personal injury, the motor vehicle causing such injury shall take the injured person or persons to the hospital, if desired, or the residence of such injured person."


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rmb2830
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September 3, 2013 5:33 pm  

so, it seems there is a Federal law governing the release of this information, but it basically says you just have to have an approved reason for the request, which includes such things as accidents, investigations, etc in the approved reasons. Various states have specific forms to be used when you request the info, and you can get anything from the registration or title info to an actual copy of the registration or title application, and the insurance info on file. Except in the VI. So, driver leaves the scene and you are stuck.


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September 7, 2013 7:59 pm  

Did you ask the police how to access the information when you reported the accident?


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rmb2830
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September 8, 2013 10:33 pm  

Was a car damaging property...driver was not even there when police did report at our request. We've had this happen before, and they just wrote down what the driver...(who turned out to not even legally own the car)..told them, they put an agent's name on report, of no use.
BMV director told me he'd give the info to a private investigator or attorney if I paid for one to investigate, but would not tell me...didn't matter if I had a PR showing car that did damage...
this is the same Director who has said he does not have or need to provide a list of criteria as to what does or does not pass a vehicle inspection...because his inspectors "know what matters" . We all know what a crock that is..they know who they know, and that's what matters too often, with absolutely no consistency in inspections or anything else, and no specifics of what is good or bad. The whole department stinks.


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vicanuck
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September 9, 2013 12:09 pm  

Many drivers do not have insurance here anymore.


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