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National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is a system that allows the titling agency to instantly and reliably verify the information on the paper title with the electronic data from the state that issued the title. NMVTIS is designed to protect consumers from fraud and unsafe vehicles and to keep stolen vehicles from being resold. NMVTIS is also a tool that assists states and law enforcement in deterring and preventing title fraud and other crimes. Consumers can use NMVTIS to access important vehicle history information.

The US Department of Justice is responsible for the oversight of the implementation and operation of NMVTIS. In addition to the District, 49 states also participate in NMVTIS. Participating jurisdictions provide vehicle data in the system that other states, law enforcement and consumers rely on to make decisions around titling, investigating and buying a vehicle.

NMVTIS was created to:

  • Prevent the introduction or reintroduction of stolen motor vehicles into interstate commerce
  • Protect states and consumers (individual and commercial) from fraud
  • Reduce the use of stolen vehicles for illicit purposes including funding of criminal enterprises
  • Provide consumers protection from unsafe vehicles


Annual Report

NMVTIS Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

"Check NMVTIS Before You Buy!" brochure and "Check NMVTIS Before You Buy!" Video

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For more information, please visit the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) - NMVTIS website.

For background information and to purchase a vehicle history report on NMVTIS, please visit the Department of Justice - NMVTIS website.

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