million awarded to promote use of title database
The Department of Justice announced that nearly
$6.3 million in 2010 funding was awarded to 6 jurisdictions and
the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA)
for the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS).
The District of Columbia, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas
and Oregon will receive up to $100,000 each to assist with their
participation in NMVTIS. AAMVA will receive $5.7 million to support
the continued implementation of NMVTIS and AAMVA’s responsibilities
as the NMVTIS operator.
The Department’s Office of Justice Programs, through its Bureau
of Justice Assistance, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation
manage NMVTIS. This system, which is available to the public,
law enforcement, and others, is an electronic system used to
verify vehicle information in the following key areas:
- Current state of title and last title date
- Brand history
- Odometer reading
- Total loss history
- Salvage history
The NMVTIS system, available at www.vehiclehistory.gov, provides
short, concise reports; however, it does not include vehicle
repair histories, recall information, and other care and maintenance
“NMVTIS is unique because federal law requires more than 8,000
insurance carriers, auto recyclers, junk yards and salvage yards
to regularly report salvage vehicle data so it can be included
in this publicly available system, which currently has nearly
22 million salvage or total loss records,” explained James H.
Burch, II, BJA’s acting director.