California NMVTIS FAQs

Frequently asked questions regarding the California law requiring a NMVTIS Vehicle History Report for every used vehicle sold.

Questions

When does AB 1215 take effect?

What is a NMVTIS Vehicle History Report, and where does the data come from?

Do I have to pull a NMVTIS reports on all of my used vehicles offered for retail sale?

Do I have to pull a NMVTIS report on vehicles I plan to wholesale?

What do I do if the NMVTIS report shows a junk or salvage history?

Where do I obtain the stickers for vehicles that have a junk, salvage, total loss or brand history in NMVTIS?

Where do I affix the sticker on the car when NMVTIS returns a junk, salvage, total loss or brand history history?

How does a NMVTIS report differ from full Carfax and Auto Check Reports?

How do I access NMVTIS reports through Auto Data Direct?

How do I access bilingual NMVTIS reports through Auto Data Direct?

Does ADD aggregate or sell my information?

What other services does ADD offer?

Answers

When does AB 1215 take effect?

AB 1215 takes effect in California on July 1, 2012.

What is a NMVTIS Vehicle History Report, and where does the data come from?

NMVTIS vehicle histories are designed to protect consumers from fraud and unsafe vehicles. Reports are intended to serve as a source of title and brand history for automobiles.

NMVTIS vehicle histories contain information from participating state DMVs, insurance carriers, salvage auctions, auto recyclers and other businesses that handle junk, salvage and total loss automobiles.

Auto Data Direct’s NMVTIS vehicle histories also contain lien information.

Do I have to pull a NMVTIS reports on all of my used vehicles offered for retail sale?

Yes. After July 1, 2012, all used vehicles must have a NMVTIS report pulled prior to offering the vehicle for retail sale.

Do I have to pull a NMVTIS report on vehicles I plan to wholesale?

No. A NMVTIS report is not required for vehicles that are intended for wholesale, however if a vehicle is ever displayed for retail sale, it must have a report available

What do I do if the NMVTIS report shows a junk or salvage history?

If the NMVTIS report indicates that the vehicle is or has been a junk or salvage automobile, or the vehicle has been reported as such by a junk or a salvage yard, or an insurance carrier, or the certificate of title contains a brand, the dealer must post a red warning sticker on the vehicle and provide the retail purchaser with a copy of the report upon request, prior to sale.

Where do I obtain the required red warning stickers for vehicles that have a junk, salvage or total loss history in NMVTIS?

Auto Data Direct will supply the required NMVTIS warning stickers.

Where do I affix the warning sticker on the car when NMVTIS returns a junk, salvage, total loss or brand history?

The sticker must be displayed on the window of the vehicle in close proximity to the FTC Buyer’s Guide.

How does a NMVTIS report differ from full Carfax and Auto Check Reports?

NMVTIS contains total loss data, salvage reports, state title information, and odometer information. NMVTIS does not provide accident/repair history or vehicle service/maintenance data.

How do I access NMVTIS reports through Auto Data Direct?

ADD offers three different methods to access NMVTIS reports.

  • NMVTIS pay-per pull allows users to pull reports via ADD’s website on a one-by-one basis.

  • NMVTIS batches ADD's batch system allows dealers to pull multiple records at one time - a great option for initial inventory loads or high-volume users.

  • ADD StiQR (pronounced "sticker") is a lead generation tool that uses QR code technology to deliver a NMVTIS report and vehicle technical data to the consumer via a window sticker. ADD StiQRs integrate point-of-sale marketing, lead generation, web and social media tools with the required NMVTIS report.

How do I access bilingual NMVTIS reports through Auto Data Direct?

Bilingual (Spanish/English) NMVTIS vehicle history reports are available. When a NMVTIS vehicle history record is pulled, the corporate report layout is displayed by default. At the top of the record there will be a hyperlink that will toggle the layout to the bilingual consumer record layout. There is no additional cost to change back and forth between any of the available record layouts.

Does ADD aggregate or sell my information?

No. Your privacy is important to us. ADD does not sell, disclose, compile, or aggregate its customers' information.

What other services does ADD offer?

Auto Data Direct, Inc. provides a variety of services such DMV123, access to real-time motor vehicle, vessel, and recreational vehicle records from 30 states. ADD also provides DirectPost-Office, the ability to mail certified letters right from your computer, Florida driver license records and Florida Print on Demand temporary tags .