Policy Positions

AAMVA policies define member-driven interpretations or views on specific issues within the motor vehicle and law enforcement membership community. Adopted policies are designed as guidelines for members to use in comparing departmental and administrative procedures, for staff to use in program planning, and for making determinations on AAMVA consensus. Adopted policies serve as the official positions of AAMVA and convey the general sentiments of the organization as a community. Although not all policies are supported by every AAMVA member jurisdiction, they do represent a consensus opinion of state and provincial officials charged with the responsibility for administering motor vehicle, law enforcement traffic safety, and highway safety law.

The AAMVA policy process serves as a mechanism for the development of member-driven stances on issues of importance facing the motor vehicle community. An effective policy process is essential in coordinating efforts and standardizing responses through member engagement. The defined process is carried by the approval of the AAMVA Board of Directors. The purpose of this process is to leverage consensus in the development of a unified, and therefore strengthened, position on issues facing the AAMVA membership.

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Policy Process


  • Each jurisdiction is responsible for naming a dedicated “policy voting delegate.”
  • The policy voting delegate shall:
    1. Represent the interests of the entire jurisdiction for purposes of casting the single policy vote for that jurisdiction.
    2. Convey the appropriate information to any additional parties in the state.
    3. Notify AAMVA of any changes in voting representation.
  • Upon introduction of a policy by a jurisdiction “in good standing” the policy will be assigned to the AAMVA Committee with primary jurisdiction over the issue.
  • A simple majority of votes by the committee shall be considered sufficient to pass the policy.
  • Upon passage, the policy shall be referred to the AAMVA Board of Directors.
  • A simple majority of votes by the AAMVA Board of Directors shall be considered to pass the policy.
  • Upon passage, the policy will be routed to the designated voting representatives in each of the AAMVA member jurisdictions “in good standing.” This distribution will coincide with the opening of the policy ballot.
  • The policy will remain open for 30 days, whereby a simple majority shall be considered sufficient to pass the policy.
  • Votes not returned or transmitted within 30 days shall not be counted in the vote tally.  
  • Upon passage by a simple majority of AAMVA members “in good standing,” the passed policy shall be published as an AAMVA Policy Position.
  • Policies deemed unfavorable at any point in the review process must be returned to the submitting party with clarification.
  • If the ballot is determined to contain time-sensitive information, any and all steps may be satisfied through electronic or telephonic means. 

Policy Suggestions


To submit a suggested policy or policy revision, please complete our form.

Current Policies


Below are AAMVA's current policies. 

03/14/1999

Policy Position on AAMVA Customer Service Commitment

06/07/1995

Policy Position on AAMVAnet Code Dictionary/CCMTA Equivalency Table

02/15/2013

Policy Position on Acceptable Identification Documents

09/25/1985

Policy Position on Admissibility of Evidence of Non-Use of Safety Belt in Mitigation of Damages

11/12/2013

Policy Position on All Driver Pointer System

12/09/2021

Policy Position on Alternative License Plate Standard

08/23/2019

Policy Position on Automated Traffic Enforcement

10/11/2014

Policy Position on Certificate of Origin

03/17/2013

Policy Position on Charge Reduction

05/21/2020

Policy Position on Commercial Motor Carrier Safety

11/07/2013

Policy Position on Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance

01/25/2016

Policy Position on Commercial Vehicles Declared Gross Weight

01/27/2013

Policy Position on Comprehensive Highway Safety

02/13/1990

Policy Position on Cooperation with Legislators

05/17/1990

Policy Position on Cooperation with Other Agencies and Organizations

03/12/2013

Policy Position on Crash Prevention

07/12/1999

Policy Position on Data and Information Exchange

01/08/2015

Policy Position on Data Driven Approach to Crime and Traffic Safety (DDACTS)

12/01/2013

Policy Position on Driver Education

11/17/2013

Policy Position on Driver License Compact

05/16/2013

Policy Position on Driver License Suspension

10/15/2018

Policy Position on Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/or Drugs

07/23/2013

Policy Position on Exchange of Driver Records

04/10/2000

Policy Position on Facial Recognition

05/27/1997

Policy Position on Federal Motor Carrier Safety Legislation

03/21/1990

Policy Position on Federally Owned Vehicles

03/11/2016

Policy Position on Federally Owned Vehicles Certificate of Release

05/12/2013

Policy Position on General Driver License Policies

01/17/1983

Policy Position on General Information Technology

10/12/2018

Policy Position on General Law Enforcement Policies

06/01/2013

Policy Position on Graduated Driver Licensing System

06/24/2013

Policy Position on Gray Market Vehicle Model Year Determination

02/17/2015

Policy Position on Image Exchange

03/13/2013

Policy Position on Inspection

05/10/1995

Policy Position on Interdisciplinary Cooperation

06/19/2013

Policy Position on Issuance of Identification Cards

04/19/2018

Policy Position on Laser and Radar Detectors and Cell Phone Application (Apps)

07/12/2013

Policy Position on Leased Vehicles

12/12/2013

Policy Position on License Plates

10/11/2019

Policy Position on License Plates Should Not Be Obscured

08/12/2013

Policy Position on Licensing of Businesses Engaged in Motor Vehicle-Related Activities

09/01/2013

Policy Position on Medical Reporting

09/23/2016

Policy Position on Model Year in Title/Registration Records

08/16/2013

Policy Position on Mopeds

11/01/2013

Policy Position on Motor Homes and Multistage Vehicles

07/16/2013

Policy Position on Motor Vehicle Agency Record Information Exchange

10/08/2016

Policy Position on Motor Vehicle Marketing and Advertising

09/11/2015

Policy Position on NMVTIS Data to Protect Consumers

10/10/1990

Policy Position on Non-Resident Vehicle Dealer License Compact

06/24/1990

Policy Position on Non-Resident Violators Compact (NRVC)

10/14/2013

Policy Position on Notary Requirements

03/17/1990

Policy Position on Odometer Requirements

08/12/2013

Policy Position on Offroad Vehicles

04/12/1995

Policy Position on One License/One Driver Control Record

12/17/2013

Policy Position on Out-of-State Vehicle Registration

09/17/2021

Policy Position on Park Model Recreation Vehicle

10/17/2014

Policy Position on Participation in the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)

03/09/1997

Policy Position on Personal Information Obtained from Motor Vehicle Records

09/25/1990

Policy Position on Qualification of Policies, Standards, and Best Practices

03/09/2013

Policy Position on Reciprocity

12/06/1990

Policy Position on Research

09/09/2018

Policy Position on Resident - Definition

03/18/2018

Policy Position on Safety Belt Use Statutes

03/15/2016

Policy Position on Single Axle Tow Dolly

04/25/2013

Policy Position on Specially Designated Plates Should Not Be Issued to Rental Vehicles

03/17/1995

Policy Position on Statutes to Substitute Alcohol Concentration for Blood Alcohol Content

04/29/2020

Policy Position on Support for "Move Over" Enforcement and Education

06/12/2013

Policy Position on Support for Traffic Enforcement

01/10/2013

Policy Position on Temporary License Plates

01/17/2013

Policy Position on Tinted Glazing of Vehicle Windows

09/13/2013

Policy Position on Titling Canadian Vehicles Imported into the United States

01/10/2013

Policy Position on Titling of Trailers

02/07/2014

Policy Position on Titling of Vehicles Being Transferred to Another Jurisdiction Without Proper Ownership Documents

03/17/2014

Policy Position on Unconventional Vehicles

12/15/2016

Policy Position on Uniform Response to Out-of-State Traffic Violations

11/13/2013

Policy Position on Uniform Traffic Ticket

07/18/1990

Policy Position on Uniform Vehicle Code

08/19/2019

Policy Position on Vehicle Crime Investigation and Prosecution

01/16/2022

Policy Position on Vehicle Identification for Parking Violations

01/12/2013

Policy Position on Vehicle Policies - General

09/11/1995

Policy Position on VIN Inspection

07/13/2014

Policy Position on VIN Replacement and Assignment Systems

07/19/2013

Policy Position on VIN Uniformity

01/10/2015

Policy Position on Water Damaged Brand on Title Records

01/05/1990

Appendix A: Recommended Universal Certificate of Title Specifications and Minimum Features

01/01/0001

Appendix B: Specifications for Printing a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin

02/07/1990

Appendix F: One License/One Driver Control Record

05/04/1990

Appendix G: Acceptable Identification Documents List