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006-14 National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) Legal Restraint

Registration and Title Bulletin - 006–14

Date: March 17, 2014

To: All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) Legal Restraint


To make you aware of the new legal restraint that will be used in conjunction with implementation of NMVTIS.


As noted in previous communications, we are scheduled to implement NMVTIS on April 22, 2014.

Each county will receive a list of all transactions that have NMVTIS related errors within two (2) business days of processing through the Registration and Title System (RTS) Point-of-Sale. Some transactions with NMVTIS errors may be forwarded to the Department when your office is unable to correct them through RTS. Also, there are instances in which the Department will receive a NMVTIS error after we have issued a title. When these errors require more than a cursory review, the Department will apply the NMVTIS legal restraint to the record so that the transaction can be properly tracked and resolved. This will appear in the remarks area as “LEGAL RESTRAINT-CONTACT TXDMV (#NMVTIS).”

The NMVTIS legal restraint will generally be associated with a title in-process and may also have a NMVTIS HOLD on the record.


Depending on the circumstances surrounding the error, the Department may remove the NMVTIS legal restraint when returning a transaction to you for correction. However, if a transaction is returned to you for correction that still contains a NMVTIS legal restraint, an override authorization code will be required to process the correction. Transactions returned to you will have either a TITLE REJECTED or a NMVTIS HOLD in RTS.

If a NMVTIS legal restraint is on a record in any other situation, please follow the existing procedures for #CR legal restraint that requires you to contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center for processing instructions and/or an authorization code.


If you have any questions, please contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center.

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