Search the RMV Facial Recognition Emails

In 2019, we filed two public records requests with the Department of Transportation seeking information related to the use of facial recognition technology at the Registry of Motor Vehicles. The DOT did not respond to our requests, so we filed suit. Ultimately, as a result of the lawsuit, the agency disclosed documents revealing that the RMV had for years been performing facial recognition searches for local, state, and federal policing and immigration agencies, hundreds of times per year.

Included in those documents were 9,303 pages of emails about the RMV facial recognition system. We invite you to use this site to explore the emails.


Due to frequent redaction and the nature of extracting text from PDFs, the formatting of the emails as presented here may appear odd. We encourage you to click the View PDF button to see any particular email in the original form it was provided.

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