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Rhode Island NMVTIS Implementation

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2009, $99,825)

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) was created under the Anti Car Theft Act of 1992, 49 U.S.C. 30502, to deter trafficking in stolen vehicles by strengthening law enforcement against auto theft (Title I), combating automobile title fraud (Title II), preventing 'chop shop"-related thefts (Title III), and inspecting exports for stolen vehicles (Title IV). In 1996, the Anti Car Theft Act was revised, and the responsibility for this system was transferred to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). NMVTIS was designed to allow the titling agency to instantly and reliably verify the information on the paper title with the electronic data from the state that issued the title. In addition, the system provides law enforcement with a tool to assist in reducing auto theft and vehicle title-related crimes. Where implemented, NMVTIS has already produced results, including time and cost savings, reductions in consumer wait time, decreases in motor vehicle thefts, improved recovery rate of stolen vehicles, increased ability to identify cloned vehicles prior to title issuance, and improved investigative .

The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles (RIDMV) will use the grant funds to participant in NMVTIS and use NMVTIS in order to be in compliance with the Anti Car Theft Act. The goal is to have the ability to prevent fraudulent use of title documents, particularly for vehicles that are salvaged, stolen, and/or include fraudulent odometer information. RIDMV plans to define the requirements for and implement the daily batch uploading approach by using the NIEM/XML based extraction method. RIDMV would also like to implement the fully integrated implementation for data sharing and title checks in real time.


Date Created: August 25, 2009