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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
August 18, 2015


[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 159 (Tuesday, August 18, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 50043-50044]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-20048]


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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: 30-Day notice.

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SUMMARY: The Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau 
of Justice Assistance, will submit the following information collection 
request for review and clearance in accordance with the Paperwork 
Reduction Act of 1995. The proposed information collection was 
previously published in 80 FR 32180, on June 5, 2015, allowing for a 
60-day comment period.

DATES: Comments are encouraged and will be accepted for an additional 
30 days until September 17, 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. You may 
also contact the Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information 
and Regulatory Affairs, Attention Department of Justice Desk Officer, 
Washington, DC 20503. Additionally, comments may be submitted via email 
to OIRA_submissions@omb.eop.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.

[[Page 50044]]

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. 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 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 
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 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 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: August 11, 2015.
Jerri Murray,
Department Clearance Officer for PRA, U.S. Department of Justice.
[FR Doc. 2015-20048 Filed 8-17-15; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 4410-18-P

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