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National Motor Vehicle Title Information System

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National Motor Vehicle Title Information System

No matter how you are acquiring a vehicle, it’s a good choice to check for a title brand before determining if it’s the right vehicle for you. A vehicle identification number (VIN) can be checked via the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), a national consumer protection database that provides title information from states across the country.

Look before you buy a vehicle, by purchasing a NMVTIS title check report:

  1. Get the VIN for the vehicle (visible through windshield).
  2. Have your credit card ready .
  3. Go to www.vehiclehistory.gov to obtain a NMVTIS report. Please make sure to read http://www.vehiclehistory.gov/CAPDisclaimer062112.pdf
  4. Follow the steps to obtain a report.

In addition, you may want to check SaferCar to find out if your vehicle has a vehicle safety recall notice that has not been repaired. 

LOOK BEFORE YOU BUY!
For additional information about vehicle brands, please visit: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/brochures/fast_facts/ffvr33

NMVTIS Background

On October 25, 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed the Anti Car Theft Act, which he called “absolutely critical if we are to strike back against auto thieves…”

The act calls for the creation and use of the NMVTIS to stop title fraud; vehicle export inspections to look for stolen vehicles; stiffer penalties for car thieves and chop shop operators; and made carjacking a federal crime.

The U.S. Department of Justice took over the motor vehicle database system in 1996. California sends title information for automobiles, trucks, and motorcycles over a certain age to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). AAMVA is the administrator of the NMVTIS system.

NMVTIS protects consumers from fraud and unsafe vehicles and helps keep stolen vehicles from being resold.

In addition to most states reporting their title information to AAMVA, auto recyclers, junk yards, salvage yards, insurance companies, and towing operators that take possession of junk/salvage vehicles, must submit monthly reports to NMVTIS.

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