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Federal law provides that NMVTIS should be supported through user fees and not dependent on federal funding. The system operator is authorized to assess and collect user fees not to exceed the cost of operating the system, not permitting any profits to be made by the operator. The law details the types of fees that may be charged and the basis for such fees. The operator is required to notify users of such fees in advance and to account for all fees collected.

Since 1997, approximately $31 million in federal funding has been provided to states and the system operator. During fiscal years 2007-2010, DOJ has issued a competitive funding solicitation, offering states the ability to apply for direct funding from DOJ to participate in NMVTIS. DOJ has also encouraged states to consider using Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program funding, and has encouraged and funded state applications submitted under the Edward Byrne Discretionary Grant Program.

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NMVTIS and its Benefits to Law Enforcement
Vehicle theft and cloning have become a lucrative business for organized criminals with the profits often used to fund additional criminal activity and terrorism. The NMVTIS Law Enforcement Access Tool provides law enforcement with the information necessary to investigate vehicle-related crimes. The NMVTIS Law Enforcement Access Tool assists law enforcement with:

  • Investigating vehicles involved in violent crimes, smuggling (narcotics, weapons, and currency), and fraud
  • Identifying vehicle theft rings
  • Increasing the identification of other criminal enterprises involving vehicles

Law Enforcement Access to NMVTIS
Law enforcement agencies have two options to access the NMVTIS Law Enforcement Tool: 1) the Regional Information Sharing Systems (RISS) OR 2) Law Enforcement Online (LEO).

Law enforcement access to NMVTIS data is available at no cost to law enforcement through RISS and Law Enforcement Online (LEO) hosted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. If you are a law enforcement agent or investigator and would like to obtain instructions for accessing NMVTIS data, please email

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Help Prevent Crime and Save Lives!, Bureau of Justice Assistance, 2009. This brochure highlights how reporting the VIN of all salvage and total loss vehicles to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) can prevent fraud and theft and can protect families from unsafe vehicles.

Law Enforcement Guide: National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), Bureau of Justice Assistance, October 2013. This brochure provides guidance to law enforcement on how to access NMVTIS data, describes the reporting requirements, and presents tips on how to identify NMVTIS violations.

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