NMVTIS Law and Legal Definition
NMVTIS means the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System. It is an electronic system that provides consumers with important information about a vehicle's condition and history. Before purchasing a vehicle, consumers can find information on the vehicle's title, most recent odometer reading, brand history, and, in some cases, historical theft data by accessing the NMVTIS.
Pursuant to the Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992, the U.S. Department of Transportation was responsible for establishing a national information system enabling states and others to access automobile titling information. In 1996, the Act was amended, and responsibility for the oversight of the system was transferred to the U.S. Department of Justice.
NMVTIS was created to:
1. Protect states, individual and commercial customers, and other entities from fraud.
2. Prevent the introduction or reintroduction of stolen motor vehicles into interstate
3. Reduce the use of stolen vehicles for illegal purposes including funding of criminal enterprises.
4. Provide consumer protection from unsafe vehicles.