National vehicle title program gets $6.8 million to fund enhancements

Jan. 1, 2020
More than $6.8 million was awarded to 12 states and to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to protect consumers from vehicle fraud and unsafe vehicles, according to the Department of Justice.

More than $6.8 million was awarded to 12 states and to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) to protect consumers from vehicle fraud and unsafe vehicles, according to the Department of Justice.

The funds will assist with implementation of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), an electronic system launched for consumers in January 2009 that enables users to verify key automobile information.

AMVA received $5.7 million to fully implement NMVTIS and make necessary system enhancements and relieve states from any user fees for the system in 2010. The states of Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Missouri, New York, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and South Carolina received up to $100,000 each to assist with their participation in the system.

Consumers can access NMVTIS through www.vehiclehistory.gov and find information about a vehicle's condition and history. For a nominal fee, they can retrieve the most recent odometer reading, title and brand history, nationwide salvage and total loss determination, and, in some cases, historical theft data.

This vehicle history database is the only one in the country to which every insurance carrier and junk and salvage yard are required by federal law to report all salvage and total loss vehicles. Since April 2009, more than 6,000 junk and salvage yards and insurance carriers have reported critical total loss and salvage information related to more than 5.5 million vehicles.

Along with consumers, system users include state motor vehicle titling agencies, law enforcement officials, auto recyclers, salvage and junk yards, and insurance carriers. By capturing in one system specific pieces of information from state motor vehicle titling agencies, automobile recyclers, junk and salvage yards, and insurance carriers, NMVTIS protects states and consumers from fraud, keeps stolen vehicles from being retitled, and makes it more difficult for criminals to conceal stolen vehicles for criminal purposes.
Since 1997, the Justice Department has invested nearly $22 million to assist states and other stakeholders in protecting consumers by implementing NMVTIS.

Currently, 28 state motor vehicle agencies participate or contribute to NMVTIS, and 11 others are working towards participation. All state motor vehicle administering agencies are required to be fully participating on or before Jan. 1, 2010. Auto recyclers and insurance carriers nationwide are already participating in the system as required by federal law.

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