The U.S. Department of Justice reports the availability of an online computer system to help protect states and consumers from automobile fraud and to provide law enforcement with new tools to investigate fraud, theft, and other crimes involving vehicles. The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) was available to consumers as of Jan. 30, 2009, and will be accessible through third-party fee-for-service Web sites, according to Office of Justice Programs - U.S. Department of Justice. The Office of Justice Programs' Bureau of Justice Assistance administers NMVTIS in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The system allows state motor vehicle administrators to verify and exchange titling and brand data, and provides law enforcement officials, consumers and others with critical information regarding vehicle histories. Consumers now have access to the vehicle's brand history, odometer data and basic vehicle information, and can be redirected to the current state of record to access the full title record if available. Law enforcement can track the vehicle's status from state to state by accessing the system directly.
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