What is NMVTIS?

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is an electronic system that contains information on certain automobiles titled in the United States. NMVTIS is intended to serve as a reliable source of title and brand history for automobiles, but it does not contain detailed information regarding a vehicle’s repair history. All states, insurance companies, and junk and salvage yards are required by federal law to regularly report information to NMVTIS. However, NMVTIS does not contain information on all motor vehicles in the United States because some states are not yet providing their vehicle data to the system. Currently, the data provided to NMVTIS by states is provided in a variety of time frames; while some states report and update NMVTIS data in “real-time” (as title transactions occur), other states send updates less frequently, such as once every 24 hours or within a period of days.

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Green and yellow states provide data to the NMVTIS.

What is the purpose of NMVTIS?

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; and
  • Provide consumers protection from unsafe vehicles.

What is included in an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report?

NMVTIS records provide:
  • current and previous state of title data
  • title issue date
  • latest odometer data
  • theft history data (if any)
  • any brand assigned to a vehicle and date applied
  • salvage history, including designations as a “total loss” (