Recommended Implementation Process

DDI recommends that each state choose one or more Service Providers experienced with ELT to work with for a relatively short development period. One of the first steps should be to assign a project manager or coordinator. This person should be familiar with the titling process and will be responsible for coordinating efforts among IT, business groups, developers, and the Service Provider, such as DDI.

States will benefit from a phased approach where ELT services are developed and implemented a few at a time. Core AAMVA ELT transactions can be implemented first with Pilot lenders beginning to accept eTitles. The full AAMVA specifications and additional services can be added as development priorities allow. This allows the state and lienholders to begin to benefit from ELT in the early stages of implementation.

A limited number of lienholder participants during the pilot period will help reduce strain on state employees. Some workflow processes will change (such as releasing an electronic title) and having only a limited number of liens will make the transition to ELT smoother. A limited group will make meeting for feedback easier. After the pilot phase, the state will need to implement a standard test suite for additional vendors. Opening the ELT program to multiple service providers allows the state to benefit from a much greater number of ELT lienholders.   Consumers and lienholders benefit from a multiple service provider implementation by providing competitive market.

DDI Best Practices (updated August 2013)

DDI maintains a very short guide to what makes an ELT program successful. This guide briefly describes possible components (transactions, policies) and identifies pros and cons of a few ELT states.

DDI Best Practices in ELT programs

NJ ELT Survey Results

The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission ran a survey in anticipation of their new ELT program.

NJ ELT Survey Results

IA DOT study from December 2010

The Iowa Department of Transportation prepared a study for the Iowa Legislature on “how to implement a uniform statewide system to allow for electronic transactions for the registration and titling of motor vehicles.” The study considers costs and benefits to Iowa DOT, Counties, Dealers, and Consumers. It also incorporates some feedback from other states including especially Kansas, Wisconsin, and Florida.

Please note several especially valuable parts of the study:

  • Several detailed analyses of the benefits of electronic titling and registration to the DOT, County Offices, Dealers, Lenders, and Consumers.
  • Key aspects to implementing a successful program.
  • Barriers to a successful program including a discussion of the impact of federal odometer disclosure laws.
  • Proposed implementation strategies.

Update: Iowa has released the full study online.

IA DOT study from December 2010

WI DMV Titling Study from April 2007

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) commissioned a report for the Division of Motor Vehicles entitled “Optimizing the Titling of Motor Vehicles: A Survey of Practice Among Midwest States”. The report while not intended to evaluate ELT (only one of the 5 states had an ELT program at the time of the study) does contain a few comments about ELT and surveys practices on titling issues in Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Ohio.

WI DMV study from April 2007

TX DOT study from January 2001

Texas DOT (now the Department of Motor Vehicles – DMV) did a study in preparation for implementing their ELT program. The study includes a brief survey of seven other ELT programs (in California, Florida, Idaho, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Washington) as well as some advantages, recommendations, and projected fiscal impact to the state. The report is also available here:

TX DOT Information ELT Savings