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How to Search APIS Policy Topics

To search this section of the APIS Web site, click APIS Policy Topics on the APIS navigation menu, which appears on the left-hand side of the home page.  Then click the policy topic on which you would like information.

The first page on each policy topic provides a brief description of that policy (e.g., Blood Alcohol Concentration: Adult Operators of Noncommercial Motor Vehicles).  The menu on the right-hand side of this page offers links to the comparison tables and the following pages for the policy topic, as well as links to related policy topics.  The menu links include:

  • Policy description
  • Definitions (if necessary)
  • Explanatory notes and limitations
  • Variables 
  • Relevant Federal law (if any)
  • Selected references
  • Comparison tables
  • Maps and charts
  • Related policy topics  

For every policy topic, APIS provides one or more comparison tables displaying information by jurisdiction.  A table with data for policies in effect on a specific date is provided for every policy topic.  For policy topics with data for more than one year, APIS also provides a table that details policy changes over time and a timeline view of policy changes.

To access these tables for the policy topic you have selected, click the corresponding link in the Comparison Tables section of the right-hand  menu.  To interpret the data correctly, you will also need to review the Explanatory Notes and Limitations, which you can see by clicking on the link in the top section of the right-hand menu.

If you choose to view the table of Policies in effect on a specific date, the resulting page will display a table describing policies in force as of the specific date in every State, the District of Columbia, and the Federal level.  If you wish information on policies in force as of a different date or within a particular State or States (rather than all States), indicate your selection(s) and click "Run current search."  Prior to or after running any such search, you may also specify how you would like the results sorted.  To change the way results are sorted after a search has been run, specify the sort options and click "Sort my results."  If you wish to know the legal citation to the enacted bill (if relevant), codified statute, or codified regulation, which sets forth a given State's policy as of the specified date, review the information in the "Citations" column.  For more information on legal citations, click the link marked "Citations" at the top of the column.

If you would like information on changes in a policy over time (rather than on the policies in effect on a specific date), click the tab labeled Policy changes over time or Timeline of policy changes.

For Policy changes over time the resulting page will display a default table, providing information on all changes in the selected policy topic for a range of dates, typically January 1, 1998 to January 1, 2008 in all States, the District of Columbia, and the Federal level.  For example, the default table for "Blood Alcohol Concentration: Adult Operators of Noncommercial Motor Vehicles" contains two entries (rows) for Alaska.  The first row displays Alaska's policy between January 1, 1998 and August 31, 2001; the second row displays Alaska's policy between September 1, 2001 and January 1, 2003.  If you wish information on that policy in a different date range or within a particular State or States (rather than all States), indicate your selection(s) and click "Run current search."  Prior to or after running any such search, you may also specify how you would like the results sorted.  If you wish to know the citations to the applicable statutes, regulations and enacted bills within a specific date range for that State's policy, review the information in the "Citations" column for that State.  For more information on legal citations, click the link marked "Citations" at the top of the column.

If you wish to download the data in any table, click the "Download" button in the upper right corner of the yellow box at the top of that table.

To view a complete example of how to use APIS Policy Topics section, click the following link:  Instructions for Using APIS Policy Topics.



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