In their most recent dealer newsletter, DC DMV noted that they are now using the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) to verify vehicle titles. NMVTIS is a nationwide vehicle title database which allows titling jurisdictions to instantly and reliably verify vehicle titles with the jurisdictions that previously issued them.
NMVTIS is designed to protect consumers from fraud and unsafe vehicles and to keep stolen vehicles from being resold. NMVTIS is also a tool that assists jurisdictions and law enforcement in deterring and preventing vehicle title fraud and other crimes.
When processing vehicle titles and registrations, DC DMV will be using NMVTIS to verify the vehicle title history for both new and used vehicles. If there is some historical error or unverifiable data on a vehicle’s NMVTIS inquiry, the title and registration transaction package will be returned to the dealer for correction and resolution.
In other news, please note that DC DMV will accept work for a “Title Only” if a vehicle needs titling with being registered or plated. Please note that their Online Dealer Interface System (ODIS) is not currently programmed for title-only transactions, but they are working on adding this feature. ODIS is DC DMV’s electronic titling system. If you are currently sending hard-copies of work to DC DMV via mail and/or couriers and are interested in signing up for ODIS, please contact Joe Koch at email@example.com or 202-821-5824 who can connect you with the appropriate persons within DC DMV to begin the process.Download Bulletin PDF