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Frequently Asked Questions

What is NMVTIS?

NMVTIS stands for "National Motor Vehicle Title Information System" and was created as a part of the Federal Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992. It is an electronic system that provides consumers with valuable information about a vehicle's condition and history. NMVTIS is a database administered by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and is overseen by the United States Department of Justice. Prior to purchasing a vehicle, NMVTIS allows consumers to find information on the vehicle's title, most recent odometer reading, brand history, and, in some cases, historical theft data.

NMVTIS was created to:

In addition, the system provides law enforcement with an important tool to reduce auto theft and vehicle-related crimes.
Prior to purchasing a vehicle, consumers and dealers can search NMVTIS to discover:

Which States participate in the reporting?

All 50 states are involved with NMVTIS at varying degrees of participation and represent 89% of motor vehicles on the road. Click here to see the NMVTIS participation map. Be aware that one state may examine and brand a damaged vehicle as "salvage," while another state may not because the damage may not reach a certain dollar or value threshold (e.g., damage estimate in relation to fair market value) required by that state's laws. In another example, a vehicle recovered from a flood or other natural disaster involving water (e.g., hurricane) may be flagged or branded as "flood" in certain states, but in other states no such designation exists. Because one state may brand or flag a vehicle as a flood vehicle does not mean that other states must also designate the vehicle as "flood”. NMVTIS is valuable because it retains and makes available to users of the system all reported brands applied to a vehicle so that relocating the vehicle from one state to another will not "wash" the brand, because NMVTIS retains this information and makes it available to any state.

Where implemented, NMVTIS has already proven results:

(Source: American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators)