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The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System Provides Consumers with Critical Vehicle History Information

WASHINGTON – The Office of Justice Programs’ Bureau of Justice Assistance recognizes that the anticipated high volume of flood-damaged automobiles following Hurricane Florence may present the potential for widespread harm to consumers. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) overseen by BJA is designed to prevent concealment of flood damage and other negative vehicle histories.

Severe water damage to vehicles can make electrical systems and airbag sensors prone to failure. Authorities have reported that after past hurricane events, truckloads of flooded vehicles had been taken out of impact zones to other states where they were dried out, cleaned and readied for sale to unsuspecting consumers.

“BJA remains committed to ensuring the consumer protection benefits that NMVTIS provides,” said BJA Director Jon Adler. “We encourage prospective purchasers to consider obtaining a NMVTIS vehicle history report and have the vehicle checked by a trusted mechanic as part of making an informed used car-buying decision.”

NMVTIS allows consumers to find information on the vehicle’s title, most recent odometer reading and brand history before they make a purchase. A brand is a descriptive label, such as “junk,” “salvage” or “flood,” that states assign to a vehicle to identify its current or prior condition. By capturing into one system specific information from multiple entities (state motor vehicle departments, insurance carriers, salvage auto auctions, automobile recyclers, and junk and salvage yards), NMVTIS offers states and consumers protection from title fraud and potentially unsafe vehicles.

Consumers should be aware of the resource offered through NMVTIS and educate themselves as much as possible about a vehicle’s history before making any purchase. The list of approved NMVTIS vehicle history report providers can be found on the official NMVTIS website: https://www.vehiclehistory.gov/nmvtis_vehiclehistory.html. The cost for NVMTIS vehicle history reports vary. Current fees can range from approximately $3.00 to $13.00 per report.

The Office of Justice Programs provides federal leadership in developing the nation’s capacity to prevent and control crime, administer justice and assist victims. OJP has six bureaus and offices: the Bureau of Justice Assistance; the Bureau of Justice Statistics; the National Institute of Justice; the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Office for Victims of Crime; and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking. More information about OJP and its components can be found at www.ojp.gov.

NMVTIS Hurricane Florence Resources

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: JOAN LAROCCA, 202-307-0703 THURSDAY, SEPT. 20, 2018 joan.larocca2@ojp.usdoj.gov