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Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)

American Government Special Collections Reference Desk

American Government

Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection eComments Requested; National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)

Jerri Murray
Department of Justice
June 5, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 108 (Friday, June 5, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 32180-32181]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-13777]


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DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

[OMB Number 1121-0335]


Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposed eCollection 
eComments Requested; National Motor Vehicle Title Information System 
(NMVTIS)

AGENCY: Bureau of Justice Assistance, Department of Justice.

ACTION: 60-day notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau 
of Justice Assistance, will be submitting the following information 
collection request for review and clearance in accordance with the 
Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for 60 days until 
August 4, 2015.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  If you have additional comments, 
suggestions, or need a copy of the proposed information collection 
instrument with instructions or additional information, please contact 
C. Casto at 1-202-353-7193, Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of 
Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, 810 7th Street NW., 
Washington, DC 20531 or by email at Chris.Casto@usdoj.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Written comments and suggestions from the 
public and affected agencies concerning the proposed collection of 
information are encouraged. Your comments should address one or more of 
the following four points:
     Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is 
necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the National 
Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), including whether the 
information will have practical utility;
     Evaluate the accuracy of the agency's estimate of the 
burden of the proposed collection of information, including the 
validity of the methodology and assumptions used;
     Evaluate whether and if so how the quality, utility, and 
clarity of the information to be collected can be enhanced; and
     Minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate 
automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection 
techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting 
electronic submission of responses.
    Overview of this information collection:
    1. Type of Information Collection: Extension of currently approved 
collection.
    2. The Title of the Form/Collection: National Motor Vehicle Title 
Information System (NMVTIS)
    3. The agency form number, if any, and the applicable component of 
the Department sponsoring the collection: None. Bureau of Justice 
Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, United States Department of 
Justice.
    4. Affected public who will be asked or required to respond, as 
well as a brief abstract:
    Primary: Auto recyclers, junk yards and salvage yards are required 
to report information into NMVTIS. The Anti-Car Theft Act, defines junk 
and salvage yards ``as individuals or entities engaged in the business 
of acquiring or owning junk or salvage automobiles for resale in their 
entirety or as spare parts or for rebuilding, restoration, or 
crushing.'' Included in this definition are scrap-vehicle shredders and 
scrap-metal processors, as well as ``pull- or pick-apart yards,'' 
salvage pools, salvage auctions, and other types of auctions, 
businesses, and individuals that handle salvage vehicles (including 
vehicles declared a ``total loss'').
    Abstract: Reporting information on junk and salvage vehicles to the 
National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)--supported by 
the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ)--is required by federal law. Under 
federal law, junk and salvage yards must report certain information to 
NMVTIS on a monthly basis. This legal requirement has been in place 
since March 2009, following the promulgation of regulations (28 CFR 
part 25) to implement the junk- and salvage-yard reporting provisions 
of the Anti Car Theft Act (codified at 49 U.S.C. Sec. Sec.  30501-
30505). Accordingly, a junk or salvage yard within the United States 
must, on a monthly basis, provide an inventory to NMVTIS of the junk or 
salvage automobiles that it obtained (in whole or in part) in the prior 
month. 28 CFR Sec.  25.56(a).
    An NMVTIS Reporting Entity includes any individual or entity that 
meets the federal definition, found in the NMVTIS regulations at 28 CFR 
Sec.  25.52, for a ``junk yard'' or ``salvage yard.'' According to 
those regulations, a junk yard is defined as ``an individual or entity 
engaged in the business of acquiring or owning junk automobiles for-- 
(1) Resale in their entirety or as spare parts; or (2) Rebuilding, 
restoration, or crushing.'' The regulations define a salvage yard as 
``an individual or entity engaged in the business of acquiring or 
owning salvage automobiles for-- (1) Resale in their entirety or as 
spare parts; or (2) Rebuilding, restoration, or crushing.'' These 
definitions include vehicle remarketers and vehicle recyclers, 
including scrap vehicle shredders and scrap metal processors as well as 
``pull- or pick-apart yards,'' salvage pools, salvage auctions, used 
automobile dealers, and other types of auctions handling salvage or 
junk vehicles (including vehicles declared by any insurance company to 
be a ``total loss'' regardless of any damage assessment). Businesses 
that operate on behalf of these entities or individual domestic or 
international salvage vehicle buyers, sometimes known as ``brokers'' 
may also meet these regulatory definitions of salvage and junk yards. 
It is important to note that industries not specifically listed in the 
junk yard or salvage yard definition may still meet one of the 
definitions and, therefore, be subject to the NMVTIS reporting 
requirements.
    An individual or entity meeting the junk yard or salvage yard 
definition is subject to the NMVTIS reporting requirements if that 
individual or entity handles 5 or more junk or salvage motor vehicles 
per year and is engaged in the business of acquiring or owning a junk 
automobile or a salvage automobile for--``(1) Resale in their entirety 
or as spare parts; or (2) Rebuilding, restoration, or crushing.'' 
Reporting entities can determine whether a vehicle is junk or salvage 
by referring to the definitions provided in the NMVTIS regulations at 
28 CFR Sec.  25.52. An NMVTIS Reporting Entity is required to report 
specific information to NMVTIS within one month of receiving such a 
vehicle, and failure to report may result in assessment of a civil 
penalty of $1,000 per violation.
    5. An estimate of the total number of respondents and the amount of 
time estimated for an average respondent to

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respond: There are currently approximately 8,000 businesses that report 
on a regular basis into NMVTIS. The estimate for the average amount of 
time for each business to report varies: 30-60 minutes (estimated). The 
states and insurance companies already are capturing most of the data 
needed to be reported, and the reporting consists of electronic, batch 
uploaded information. So, for those automated companies the reporting 
time is negligible. For smaller junk and salvage yard operators who 
would enter the data manually, it is estimated that it will take 
respondents an average of 30-60 minutes per month to respond.
    6. An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) associated 
with the collection: An estimate of the total public burden (in hours) 
associated with the collection is 48,000 to 96,000 hours.
    Total Annual Reporting Burden:

8,000 x 30 minutes per month (12 times per year) = 48,000
8,000 x 60 minutes per month (12 times per year) = 96,000

    If additional information is required contact: Jerri Murray, 
Department Clearance Officer, United States Department of Justice, 
Justice Management Division, Policy and Planning Staff, Two 
Constitution Square, 145 N Street NE., 3E.405B, Washington, DC 20530.

    Dated: June 2, 2015.
Jerri Murray,
Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice.
[FR Doc. 2015-13777 Filed 6-4-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4410-18-P

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