National Car Database Goes Live

After a 17-year wait, the Justice Department has finally launched its comprehensive national car database on The website includes the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System and will be used to prevent car theft and fraud.

Rather than having 50 separate state databases, the national database will help track stolen vehicles as they move across state lines and uncover “cloned” titles — vehicles illegally retitled in a different state. This will make it harder for damaged or defective vehicles to be sold to unsuspecting customers.

The Justice Department expects the database to eliminate $4 billion to $11 billion in fraud each year.

The website is meant to be used by both law enforcement and consumers. If you want a vehicle history report, the site will guide you to approved providers. You can buy a report that will include brand history (such as if a car has been labeled “junk,” “salvage,” or “flood”), an odometer report and other reports if a vehicle has been transferred or sold to an auto recycler or salvage yard.

By Stephen Markley | March 2, 2010 | Comments (4)
Tags: Car Buying



... "buy a report"? Some websites pop in my mind that already provides paid service on a car's history by VIN # ....

It is a good step forward. I hope this will stop this process. We must sleep good now that we now that our car are saffer.

Because of this fraud & thief cases people don't believe the dealers & the true dealers get suffer.

This is the great step. Now the people can have the data & can recognized between true dealers & fraud dealers.

Very well,I think now the cars won't be stolled like in last years.

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