• 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.


    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

    NMVTIS is Working for States 

    States are among key stakeholders in NMVTIS, providing vehicle data in the system that other states, law enforcement and consumers rely on to make decisions around titling, investigating and buying a vehicle. Through participation in NMVTIS, states help in the fight against fraud and theft, protect consumers from unsafe vehicles, and realize cost-savings along with other benefits.

    Click here to learn about the activities of the NMVTIS Law Enforcement Subcommittee.

    For background information on NMVTIS, visit Department of Justice (DOJ) - NMVTIS.

    Approaches for States to Participate in NMVTIS

    State motor vehicle agencies can choose from the following options to satisfy the title verification and data reporting requirements of the Anti Car Theft Act and its implementing regulations.

    Verify Titles



    Integrated Solution

    An application solution enables a state to integrate NMVTIS title verification into the state's titling application, making it a seamless part of an online title process.

    For documentation or information related to this application, contact AAMVA Support .

    Standalone Solution

    Implementation of the fully integrated solution, although desirable, may not always satisfy a state's particular needs to a given time. There are two options available for a state to verify titles prior to issuance in a standalone manner that do not require integration into state title systems.

    • State Web Single VIN Inquiry. Allows a state via the Internet to conduct an inquiry into NMVTIS.  
    • Batch Inquiry. Allows a state to submit a batch of vehicle information numbers (VINs) to NMVTIS of inquiry. 

    For documentation or information related to these applications, contact AAMVA Support .


    Report State Data



    Integrated Solution

    This option is part of the integrated system application solution. In addition to having the ability to incorporate that NMVTIS verification into the title application, this solution also enables a state to update title data to NMVTIS in an online fashion.

    For documentation or information related to this application, contact AAMVA Support

    Standalone Solution

    Implementation of the fully integrated solution, although desirable, may not always satisfy a state's particular needs to a given time. There is an option for a state to report data in a standalone batch upload manner that does not require integration with state title systems.

    For documentation or information related to this application, contact AAMVA Support .




    New to NMVTIS?

    NMVTIS Program Overview, Release 2.1 (September 2020) provides the information necessary to understand the various components of the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). The document also describes the data inflows and outflows, the system architecture and supporting documentation for each component. If you are unfamiliar with NMVTIS, read this document before reading the detailed NMVTIS documentation below.


    NMVTIS Jurisdiction Contacts (January 11, 2022)

    Current Release

    To all NMVTIS Jurisdictions:

    The NMVTIS Online and Batch Specifications documents have been updated to include process or functionality changes from the NMVTIS Re-engineering effort.  The re-engineered system is NMVTIS Release 3.0.  All outstanding prior change documents have also been rolled into this new release.

    We have also prepared change documents for both Online and Batch Release 3.0 specification documents that will summarize what has changed.

    Please respond to the AAMVA Help Desk if you have any questions.   

    State Web Services*

    • Service Specification Package (September 2021) (.zip file)
      *NOTE: Extract all files in the package before attempting to access any of them. 

    JSI Data to States

    State Batch Inquiry

    State Web Interface

    Batch Data Synchronization

    For other NMVTIS documentation not listed here, contact AAMVA Support


    View the map detailing jurisdiction participation for NMVTIS.

    The AAMVA rate schedules contain fees for the most common types of services and products used by AAMVA customers.

    All rates are effective through September 30th and are subject to change thereafter with 30-days prior written notice.

    Here you will find a number of tools to utilize in your state to better understand and enhance your state’s participation in NMVTIS. Additionally, we hope your agency will use the "NMVTIS Vehicle History for Consumers" video to help your customers make an informed decision before buying a used vehicle. You may also direct your customers to DOJ’s NMVTIS website to secure a NMVTIS Vehicle History Report

    Internal Marketing/PR Material for States

    The "Working for States" brochure and companion video were developed to facilitate communication within your state regarding:
    • What NMVTIS is designed to do,
    • How your state participates and benefits from it, and
    • How AAMVA can help your state get the most from its participation.   

    Share the brochure and video with state titling customer service representatives, county offices, law enforcement, third party vendors, senior staff, your governor’s office and anyone else in the vehicle title processing field who works toward safer highways and consumer protection. 

    Click here to view the video for law enforcement and DMV investigators on the benefits of utilizing the NMVTIS Law Enforcement Access Tool (LEAT).

     "NMVTIS: Working for States" Brochure
     "NMVTIS: Working for States" Video

    Working for States brochure cover
     Download the Brochure 

    NMVTIS Working for States Video

    Watch the "NMVTIS Working for States" Video

    The "Check NMVTIS Before You Buy!" brochure and companion video were developed to:

    • Raise awareness to anyone thinking about buying a used vehicle that purchasing a NMVTIS Vehicle History Report may protect consumers from vehicle fraud and unsafe vehicles, and
    • Remind the consumer that state agencies also use NMVTIS information as part of their vehicle titling process, and why not check the same system state agencies use?  

    States are encouraged to show the video in their public offices and on their websites.  We also suggest reaching out to the state agency responsible for consumer protection and offer the video as another resource.

    "Check NMVTIS Before You Buy!" Brochure
    "Check NMVTIS Before You Buy!" Video

    NMVTIS Check Before You Buy Cover

    Download the "Check NMVTIS Before You Buy!" Brochure



    Watch the "Check NMVTIS Before You Buy!" video, or download the zip file: 

    Uncaptioned (zip)

    Captioned (zip)

    Spanish (zip)

     "Help Prevent Crime & Save Lives" Brochure


    Help spread the word about NMVTIS reporting requirements to your state’s entities (junk and salvage yards, auto recyclers, etc.) that obtain/buy junk, salvage, and/or total loss vehicles.  

    Download the "Help Prevent Crime & Save Lives" Brochure 

    Best Practices

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    NMVTIS Best Practices for Title and Registration Program Managers - Edition 4 (November 2018)


    NMVTIS Annual Reports and Financial Audits

    2020AnnualReportCoverThe NMVTIS Final Rule requires AAMVA, as the system operator, to prepare an annual report and procure an independent financial audit.  The online NMVTIS FY2020 Annual Report is the latest publication and covers October 1, 2019 through September 30, 2020.The report includes details around system operation, a status report on system implementation, compliance reporting, and detailed financial information. States provide input for the report about how NMVTIS is working for them and their customers. Please contact Marney Michalowski (mmichalowski@aamva.org, 703-908-2826) to be included in the next report.

    In addition to the current report, past reports are published on the U.S. Department of Justice's (DOJ) NMVTIS Web site along with the independent financial audits.


    To discuss how to optimize your state’s participation in NMVTIS, contact Tom Manual (tmanuel@aamva.org, 703-908-8283), Vivienne Cameron (vcameron@aamva.org, 703-908-8261), or Marney Michalowski (MMichalowski@aamva.org, 703-908-2826).


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