DIVISION OF MOTOR VEHICLES
To: Tax Collectors and License Plate Agents
From: Carl A. Ford, Director
Advisory Number: T05-12
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has compiled a database of vehicles and vessels affected by hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The information in this database was gathered from a number of sources, including insurance companies, salvage yards and state and local authorities. As a result, the NICB has not independently verified most of the information in this database and therefore, cannot guarantee the accuracy of this information. In addition, there may be many additional vehicles and vessels affected by the hurricanes that are not included in this database. The database does not attempt to determine the scope of the damage to the vehicle or vessel, if any. Any person may check a specific vehicle identification number (VIN) or hull identification number (HIN) on this database free of charge at the following link: www.nicb.org. You may also go to the department's website at: www.flhsmv.gov and click on "For Information on Hurricane Affected Vehicles & Vessels Click Here."
The department will be acquiring an electronic list of the above referenced vehicles and vessels and will be placing a stop in FRVIS in order to halt any title activity until the disposition of the vehicle or vessel can be determined. The disposition of all vehicles or vessels with this stop must be determined before titling. The disposition may be in form of clearing it up in the prior state or proof of the extent of the damage, etc. Once the disposition has been determined and all issues resolved, the tax collector's office or license plate agency may remove the stop.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact your Tax Collector Help Desk.