The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) was created under the Anti Car Theft Act of 1992. In 1996, the Anti Car Theft Act was reauthorized and amended, transferring the responsibility for NMVTIS from the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). NMVTIS is designed to prevent various types of automobile theft and fraud by providing an electronic means for verifying and exchanging title, brand, theft, and other data among state motor vehicle titling agencies, law enforcement officials, consumers, and other authorized users of the System. Where implemented, NMVTIS has already produced results, including time and cost savings, reductions in consumer wait time, improved recovery rate of stolen vehicles, increased ability to identify cloned vehicles prior to title issuance, and improved investigative abilities.
NMVTIS is important for the following reasons:
The following information is available on the NMVTIS website:
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 EnforcementVehicle 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:
Law Enforcement Access to NMVTISLaw 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 NMVTIS@usdoj.gov.
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