The Anti Car Theft Improvements Act (“Act”) is a U.S. federal law that was enacted to amend the Anti Car Theft Act of 1992. This Act was signed into law in 1996. It amended the Anti Car Theft Act of 1992, and gave the U.S. Department of Justice the responsibility for the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMTVIS).
Pursuant to the Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992, the U.S. Department of Transportation was responsible for implementing the NMTVIS. But the NMVTIS was not implemented by that deadline. Congress responded to this failure to act on the part of the Department of Transportation by passing new legislation, the Anti-Car Theft Improvements Act of 1996.
The Anti-Car Theft Improvements Act transferred responsibility for the database from the Secretary of Transportation to the Attorney General and extended the deadline for establishing the NMVTIS. [Pub. Citizen, Inc. v. Mukasey, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81246, 2-5 (D. Cal. 2008)].