The TxDMV is pleased to announce that we plan to be fully integrated in the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) in April 2014. This is when the TxDMV will begin running Texas Title applications through NMVTIS, as required by federal law.
NMVTIS is a national consumer protection database that provides title information from states across the country.
We want to begin making consumers aware of the importance of using NMVTIS before they buy a used vehicle and have redesigned the Title Check pages on our website to allow buyers to connect to the NMVTIS approved providers.
When we first introduced Title Check, you could only check the most recent Texas title record. While this service was free, it only searched Texas title records and did not provide any out-of-state title information for the vehicle. As a result, an inquiry into the previous Title Check may have indicated a clean vehicle record, even though a more recent title record existed in another state showing that vehicle with a value-limiting brand not reflected on the Texas title record. By not being able to search all title records, the old Title Check could lead to a false sense of security when purchasing a vehicle.
Title Check will now connect you to the approved title information providers. Users will pay a small fee, but they will receive a more complete and accurate title history from the NMVTIS database that contains information from states across the country. This is the same database the TxDMV will begin using in April when issuing a Texas title.
The best way consumers can protect themselves from any surprises when they go to title a vehicle is to connect to Title Check and use one of the approved title information providers before making a purchase. Any assistance you can provide to begin encouraging customers to use Title Check would be appreciated.
You can find Title Check by using the icon on the TxDMV website’s homepage, www.txdmv.gov, or going directly to www.txdmv.gov/title-check.
The Title Check page features two tabs, “For Consumers & Businesses” and “For Dealers Only.” Please note there are different providers under each of these tabs, and those providers listed under the “For Dealers Only” tab are reserved exclusively for car dealer use. However, all other businesses, such as financial institutions, can use the providers under the “For Consumers & Businesses” tab.
The TxDMV will not be able to provide NMVTIS information to individuals in a manner other than through the TxDMV’s Title Check webpage. Inquiries to the TxDMV’s Consumer Relations Division regarding title information or NMVTIS inquiries will be directed to use the Title Check webpage or complete a Request for Texas Motor Vehicle Information, Form VTR-275. However, use of the Form VTR-275 will only provide Texas title information and will not include the out of state title history information available through Title Check.
The approved providers of the NMVTIS Vehicle History Reports are authorized by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ). The American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) administers NMVTIS for the DOJ. TxDMV is required to participate in NMVTIS as part of the Federal Anti Car Theft Act of 1992.
For more information on the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, please visit the NMVTIS website at http://www.vehiclehistory.gov/.
Randy Elliston, Director
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles