Title History Lookup (NMVTIS)
NMVTIS is administered by the U.S. Justice Department and, under federal law, all insurance companies, salvage and junkyards, salvage auctions and towing companies are required to report to NMVTIS. The System is intended to ensure key vehicle history information is available accessible, and affordable to consumers. NMVTIS provides a unique service in terms of the source of its data and timeliness in which its data is received. Private vehicle history providers offer beneficial information to the public that is not intended to be included in NMVTIS, such as vehicle repair histories, recall information, and other care and maintenance data.
What is included in an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report
NMVTIS reports provide data on the five key indicators, intended to prevent auto fraud and theft:
Current Titling State & Last Title Date
Verifies the validity of the title presented for the vehicle.
Brand information, applied by state motor vehicle titling agencies, including "junk," "salvage," and "flood." helps protect consumers and dealers from unknowingly purchasing a damaged vehicle. Without knowing the brand history, a consumer or dealer may pay more than the vehicle's true value or even purchase a vehicle that is not safe to drive.
Odometer fraud may result in paying more than the vehicle's fair market value or at worst, the purchase of an unsafe vehicle. Checking the odometer reading also helps consumers and dealers identify discrepancies in the vehicle's history.
Total Loss History
Knowing whether a vehicle has been declared a total loss helps consumers avoid purchasing a potentially unsafe vehicle.
Similar to a vehicle with a total loss history, a vehicle with a salvage history has had severe damage. Salvage history helps consumers avoid purchasing a potentially unsafe vehicle.
Q: Why doesn't my NMVTIS Vehicle History Report have any information?
A "clean" NMVTIS report is a GOOD thing! NMVTIS reports are intentionally concise. Generally, it is shorter than other vehicle history reports, since it provides information only on the five key indicators listed above. The brevity ensures consumers get the vital information they need to make a safe vehicle purchase in a clear and concise way.
Q: Why should I purchase an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report?
Before making a decision to purchase a vehicle, consumers are strongly encouraged to obtain an independent vehicle inspection, get an NMVTIS Vehicle History Report, and consult other available vehicle information resources.
Q: I am a car dealer, how can NMVTIS help me?
An NMVTIS report can be a valuable tool helping a used car manager avoid buying vehicles that have a questionable history. An NMVTIS report can also be used by the business office when trying to determine where the vehicle is currently titled. In addition, California Law AB 1215 requires that all used vehicles sold in California must be checked against NMVTIS prior to being offered. If a vehicle has a brand, total loss, or salvage history, then the dealer must place a red sticker in the window of the vehicle warning the consumer of its title history. The detailed report must be made available to the buyer of the vehicle prior to its purchase.