How to keep your personal info safe in your car

Jun 14, 2023, 11:36 AM | Updated: 4:29 pm

Concern has grown among some Utahans over how to keep their personal information safe in their car,...

Drivers aren't necessarily required to keep a copy of their registration in their cars. But if they do, police suggest locking the information in the glove box (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes).

(AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

SALT LAKE CITY— Concern has grown among some Utahans over how to keep their personal information safe in their car, while on vacation.

This comes after a Lehi family had their car broken into, their registration stolen, and their home ransacked.

But, there are quite a few things people can do to keep their personal information safe.

“You don’t want people knowing where you live just by information on your car,” said Jason Gardner with the Utah State Tax Commission, the organization that oversees the Division of Motor Vehicles.

Tips to keep personal info safe if stored in your car

People don’t need a physical copy of their vehicle’s registration in their cars, under a law that went into effect in 2018.

“Law enforcement has access to our DMV records … they know whose cars are registered and not registered just by simply looking at the license plate,” Gardner explained.

Drivers are still encouraged to keep registration cards in their cars. This is for the convenience of law enforcement, as outlined in legislation passed in 2022. But a picture on a cell phone is also acceptable.

But, if you still want to keep physical copies of your registration and insurance in your car, consider the following:

  • keep anything with personal information, even if it’s just mail with your address, locked and out of sight,
  • if your insurance card has your address, reach out to your provider to see if they can make a card without it,
  • keep garage door openers locked away, and
  • if you have other valuables in your car, consider locking them in the trunk so they are out of sight.


We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Crime, Police + Courts

chad daybell shown, chad daybell trial...

Sam Herrera

Chad Daybell not called to testify in murder trial

The defense team for Chad Daybell called its last trial witness on Thursday without calling Daybell himself to testify.

7 minutes ago

A woman charged last month with sexual battery after she allegedly tugged on another woman's skirt ...

Ashley Imlay,

Woman in St. George skirt-pulling incident fired from Utah AG’s office, records show

A woman who was filmed and went viral in St. George skirt-pulling incident has been fired from her government job.

2 hours ago

Salt Lake Deputy Police Chief Josh Scharman conducts the grand opening of the Community Connections...

Eric Cabrera

Social workers with Salt Lake Police Department are responding to more callers than ever

The Community Connection Center social workers who work with the Salt Lake Police Department are getting an increase in mental health-related calls, as a result they have grown their team to able to respond to more.

14 hours ago

Chelsea Laycock speaks at a 100 Deadliest Days event at Sugar House Park in Salt Lake City. Her son...

Adam Small

A Utah mother’s plea as the 100 Deadliest Days begin

Chelsea Laycock said not a day goes by when her son, serving time in a Gunnison prison, doesn't wish he'd done things differently.

18 hours ago

Patrick Eller, a data forensic examiner, testifies on the mountain of digital information he analyz...

Collin Leonard,

Defense calls into question electronic, forensic evidence in Chad Daybell murder trial

Chad Daybell's defense called two witnesses to question evidence that would place Daybell on his property during the days after two children were killed.

18 hours ago

A photo taken of Matthew Perry in 2022....

Clayre Scott

Criminal investigation opened in relation to Matthew Perry’s death

A criminal investigation has been opened in relation to Matthew Perry's death due to high levels of ketamine found in his blood.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.


Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

How to keep your personal info safe in your car