Jurisdiction Response to COVID-19
here to view consolidated information and see how motor vehicle
administrations are handling driver licensing and vehicle registration. This
document will be updated with the most current information on our homepage.
Motor Vehicle Industry Response on COVID-19
COVID-19, a novel (new) coronavirus, was
first detected in December of 2019. On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO)
declaredit to be a
global pandemic. By March 13, COVID-19 was
declareda national emergency by President Donald Trump. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has since
expandedon the national emergency declaration in the United States to provide HOS relief for commercial vehicle drivers transporting emergency aid.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has encouraged many
preventative measures, but local and state government officials and public health departments, in consultation with federal officials, have been tasked with making decisions based on
local conditions. Many states have issued
stay at home orders. The federal government has taken additional actions to
provide up to $2.3 trillion (
H.R.748) in loans to support the economy, and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was directed to
delay the federal REAL ID deadline.
Below are a selection of news releases and announcements regarding the effects of coronavirus on the motor vehicle community.
Click here to view consolidated information and see how motor vehicle administrations are handling driver licensing and vehicle registration. This document will be updated with the most current information on our
This Week’s Webinars
State Web Interface (SWI) – Instant Title Verification Using the VIN Search
April 28, 2020, 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Before a jurisdiction issues a title
or other ownership document or record, the SWI can provide information to help
the jurisdiction determine whether the ownership documentation presented with
the application are valid. The information supports jurisdictions’ titling
processes for both new and used vehicles. The Anti-Car Theft Act requires each
jurisdiction to perform an instant title verification check before issuing a
title to an applicant claiming to have purchased the vehicle from an individual
or entity in another jurisdiction. The SWI VIN search feature can be used to
satisfy this legal requirement. In addition, the NMVTIS best practice is that
jurisdictions perform an inquiry before issuing a title or other ownership
document or record, whether or not the applicant claims to have purchased the
vehicle in another jurisdiction.