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  • Best Practices & Model Legislation

  • Through AAMVA's Committees and Working Groups, AAMVA works with member jurisdictions to develop Best Practice documents and model legislation. These documents are designed for Chief Driver License Administrators and Law Enforcement personnel and staff.

    A "Best Practices Document" establishes the ideal approach for establishing and maintaining programs. The guidelines provided in this document are recommended and provide a jurisdiction with details on optimal model programs. A "Best Practice" is not mandated nor monitored for compliance. 

  • Released December 2019

    Salvage and Junk Vehicle Best Practice

    Recommendations for Jurisdictions on
    Branding and Handling Salvage, Rebuilt Salvage, Junk, and Flood-Damaged Vehicles

    This best practice was developed to help jurisdictions consistently and uniformly brand vehicles that may pose a safety risk to the motoring public, thus achieving a comprehensive vehicle history and ultimately improving consumer protection and public safety.

    Furthermore, the definitions and recommendations should be applied to all vehicles whether insured, uninsured, or self-insured. This is necessary to achieve the highest degree of cohesion among jurisdictions and provide the best possible consumer protection.

    It is important to note that this best practice was developed to be adopted as a whole, not in part. Adopting individual recommendations may have unintended consequences and prior to doing so should be carefully analyzed.

    Salvage and Junk Vehicle Best Practice |  Video

    Facial Recognition Program
    Best Practices

    Edition 2   
    Facial Recognition Program Best Practices, Edition 2, contains a total of 12 best practices. It was written for all credential issuing authorities, whether or not they currently use a facial recognition (FR) program. Jurisdictions with FR programs are encouraged to benchmark their practices against the recommended best practices contained herein and to make program changes where applicable and feasible to ensure their programs are as strong as possible. For jurisdictions without a current FR program, this document can be used as a “blueprint” for building a strong program when enabling legislation is passed and funding necessary to implement an FR program is received. Toward that end, model legislation is contained in Appendix A.

    Note that this best practices document and the Best Practices for the Deterrence and Detection of Fraud  (published in March 2015) are intended to complement each other, and both should be used to ensure fraud deterrence and detection practices are as robust as possible within the parameters of strictly controlled access.


    Facial Recognition Program Best Practices, Edition 2 (December 2019)

    Best Practices for the Deterrence and Detection of Fraud (March 2015)

    Best Practices for the Regulation

    of Internet Vehicle Sales


    This best practice addresses the retail sale of vehicles advertised and sold online by licensed dealers and private parties. Topics related to vehicle sales but considered out of scope for this document include general dealer licensing requirements, general advertising requirements, wholesale dealer-to-dealer transactions, auction sales, and sales from manufacturers directly to consumers.

    Best Practices for the Regulation of Internet Vehicle Sales (December 2019)

    Wholesale Vehicle Dealer

    Licensing Whitepaper

    The intent of this paper is to provide information and to discuss some of the challenges jurisdictions have identified related to wholesale dealer licenses. The whitepaper also provides an overview of steps some jurisdictions have taken to overcome these challenges.

    Wholesale Vehicle Dealer Licensing Whitepaper (December 2019)
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