Finding a spouse


My girlfriend and her husband have been separated since November 30, 2016. She moved out of the house they rented. Sometime later he moved without informing her and stopped responding to calls and texts more than 6 months ago. She attended a free information workshop given by an attorney at our local courthouse on filing for divorce by yourself without an attorney. One of the things she mentioned was going through the DMV to get his address. Reading through the information on the DMV’s website it says that personal information, including someone’s address, is confidential and only given out to certain individuals in certain situations, the obvious being law enforcement etc.

Is someone entitled to receive their spouse’s address from the DMV without a subpoena if they can prove they are married? If a subpoena is necessary, is it possible for an individual to fill out a form asking the court for a subpoena for the DMV to turn over any information they have on their spouse’s current and/or previous addresses so that they may serve them with divorce papers or would they need an attorney for that?

We understand that she can file for divorce if he can’t be found after following the necessary steps but he currently drives a truck that is in her name and he continually doesn’t make the truck payments and she can see online when they haven’t been made and/or is contacted after it is delinquent by the loan company and is having to make the payments for him in order to keep her credit in good standing so we want to find him not only so that he can be served but this issue can be settled through the courts.

Thank you in advance for your time and any assistance you can give us, it is greatly appreciated!



To the best of my knowledge, you will need a subpoena to obtain your girlfriend’s husband’s address. You will need to file for divorce prior to issuing the subpoena, as there needs to be a valid court case first. In my opinion, you’re better off hiring a private investigator to track him down through social media and other means.

I would also suggest filing a motion to address the issue of the truck and your girlfriend’s credit and have him served with the motion at the same time.

Good luck!