The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), which was created as a result of the 1992 and 1996 Federal Anti-Car Theft Acts, 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 states and law enforcement in deterring and preventing title fraud and other crimes. It is under the authority of the US Department of Justice and operated for USDOJ by AAMVA - the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators. (Main NMVTIS website is www.vehiclehistory.gov)
The National Highway Traffic Safely Administration (NHTSA) is an agency of the US Department of Transportation. NHTSA is responsible for a wide variety of vehicle related issues including fuel economy standards, vehicle and equipment safety recalls, crash test data, and driver related issues. NHTSA is also responsible for Odometer enforcement and for other laws and regulations. (Main NHTSA website is www.NHTSA.gov) Of special interest to consumers is NHTSA's website on safety and vehicle recalls safercar.gov.