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California DMV NMVTIS

Award Information

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2010, $50,000)

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) was created under the Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992 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. 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 abilities. This program seeks to provide support for all states in establishing daily or real-time updates to NMVTIS and inquiries into a web-based NMVTIS application for verification purposes.

The California DMV will use its FY 2010 NMVTIS award funds to analyze, design, develop, and test new programs that can identify changes to records in the titling database and submit that information to the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). In order to incorporate these additional processes, the California DMV will complete the following program activities: design the processes to meet AAMVA specifications; create the necessary programs to identify the vehicle registration titling and brand data necessary to comply with AAMVA specifications; identify and include the business rules on how to convert California DMV brands to meet AAMVA brand designations; convert California vehicle registration titling and brand data into the applicable NMVTIS formats prior to each batch update submission; convert California vehicle registration titling and brand data into the appropriate NMVTIS brand codes prior to each batch update submission; provide AAMVA with default data, defined by AAMVA for required fields in each batch update submission, when data is not collected in a California transaction; create an initial test plan that describes how the solutions' applications will test in system and user Acceptance test environments; create sample test records to validate adherence to the specifications identified in the business rules; review and approve the test results prior to initiating testing with AAMVA; and test programs with AAMVA staff, utilizing a standardized testing process initiated by AAMVA, prior to implementation to confirm adherence to all specifications identified in the business rules and AAMVA documentation.


Date Created: September 22, 2010