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  Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission

May 19, 1999

Mr. Lou Bright
General Counsel
Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
P.O. Box 13127
Austin, Texas 78711-3127


Dear Mr. Bright:

You have asked whether certain information is subject to required public disclosure under chapter 552 of the Government Code. Your request was assigned ID# 125725.

The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission (the "TABC") received a request for certain completed application forms. It is our understanding that TABC has released all of the information except for the information you contend is excepted from disclosure under sections 552.117 and 552.130 of the Government Code.

Section 552.117(2) provides that information is excepted from disclosure if it relates to a peace officer's home address, home telephone number, social security number, or reveals whether the peace officer has family members. See Open Records Decision No. 622 (section 552.117 excepts from disclosure former home addresses and former home telephone numbers). You assert that application forms at issue are those of peace officers as defined by section 552.117(2). Thus, we agree that the home addresses, home telephone numbers, social security numbers, and family information on the application forms is protected from disclosure.

Section 552.130(a) of the Government Code protects from disclosure information that "relates to":

(1) a motor vehicle operator's or driver's license or permit issued by an agency of the state;

(2) a motor vehicle title or registration issued by an agency of this state; or

(3) a personal identification document issued by an agency of this state or a local agency authorized to issue an identification document.

Therefore, the drivers' license numbers on the applications must be withheld from disclosure under section 552.130.

We are resolving this matter with an informal letter ruling rather than with a published open records decision. This ruling is limited to the particular records at issue under the facts presented to us in this request and should not be relied upon as a previous determination regarding any other records. If you have questions about this ruling, please contact our office.


Ruth H. Soucy
Assistant Attorney General
Open Records Division


Ref: ID# 125725

encl. Submitted documents

cc: Mr. Charles Hall
2605 Keswick Cove
Midland, Texas 79705
(w/o enclosures)


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