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Georgia Now Reports To NMVTIS



Georgia auto recyclers will have one less monthly bill to pay come early 2012. The state will report VINs to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) on behalf of auto recyclers for free.

The Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 269 in April 2011 and the governor signed it in May 2011, to be effective in January 2012 or early in the following session. The Georgia Department of Revenue (DOR.Ga.gov) will implement it once it has integrated it into the state computer system.

Law enforcement, auto recyclers and scrap processors worked together to introduce and pass this NMVTIS legislation, according to Steve Levetan, senior vice president for Pull-A-Part, LLC, based in Atlanta, Ga. (PullAPart.com).

Georgia had an end-of-life vehicle system in place prior to HB 269's passage, but Levetan said it was inadequate for a couple of reasons. First, paper affidavits were only required for non-titled vehicles. This introduced an element of inaccuracy since VINs were transferred into the system by hand. Secondly, the federal NMVTIS system, which all auto recyclers must report to, is only enforceable by the federal government. The new Georgia law gives the local authorities the ability to enforce it at the state level.

"While some of us provided VINs voluntarily to local law enforcement on a timely basis, NMVTIS only required to report within 30 days," explained Levetan. "That doesn't provide timely information for law enforcement on stolen vehicles."

Lastly, the law removes the cost of reporting the VIN and other vehicle information to NMVTIS. Currently, auto recyclers must use a third-party data consolidator, which, except for the single-VIN reporting service provided by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA.org) in Arlington, Va., requires a fee.

"In our view, a fee was never envisioned by either the statute or the rule," expressed Levetan. "Inserting the third-party consolidators into the system at the very end of the process unfortunately does serve as a disincentive for some people."

Chris Wright, president of Capital Auto Parts, Inc. in Thomasville, Ga. (CapitalAutoParts.com), and first vice president of ARA (A-R-A.org), said the new state system would streamline the NMVTIS reporting process.

"Currently I have to report both to NMVTIS and Georgia on separate reports," he explained. "This new reporting process will be easier, much quicker and less time consuming for the auto recycler."

Since mid-2010, Georgia auto recyclers and law enforcement officials have worked side-by-side to come up with a state reporting program that benefited all parties involved.

Levetan said he thinks it will only be a matter of time before other states begin reporting on behalf of auto recyclers and scrap processors.

"It's certainly something we are going to encourage," he admitted. "We think the concept of NMVTIS is good, but it's only as good as the accuracy and completeness of the data."

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