FY 2016 Appropriation

The Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division (MVED) protects Utah citizens from motor vehicle fraud and attempts to foster a healthy motor vehicle sales environment. Officer duties include title, odometer and motor vehicle dealer fraud investigations, regulatory licensing enforcement, VIN inspections, registration enforcement, and investigation of consumer complaints against licensed dealers, commercial auto theft, and salvage vehicle fraud.

Funding History
Appropriation Overview

During the 2015 General Session, the Legislature appropriated for Fiscal Year 2016, $3,839,900 from all sources for Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division. This is a 4.8 percent increase from Fiscal Year 2015 revised estimated amounts from all sources.

Appropriation Adjustments

In addition to statewide compensation and internal service fund cost increases, the following appropriation adjustments were made during the 2015 General Session:


Number of Motor Vehicle Crime Investigations

The division tracks the total number of motor vehicle crime investigations each year in order to assess the work load and output of investigative staff.

motor vehicle crime investigations

Number of Stolen Vehicles Recovered

Each year, Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division officers recover more stolen vehicles than other law enforcement officers.

stolen vehicles recovered

Successful Implementation of New Motor Vehicle System

A new Motor Vehicle system was successfully deployed as planned in October 2013 to all state, county and third party offices. Since Motor Vehicle work relies on its computer systems, the smooth transition from the old system to the new one was critical. Many interfacing systems were successfully linked with the new system at the time of deployment.

The new system was developed to meet all of Utah's title and registration requirements; all the different functions were thoroughly tested before deployment. Just prior to implementation, training was provided to all front-line users of the system throughout the state, in both state and county run offices, and with third party entities.

All motor vehicle offices are successfully using this new system to perform the state's motor vehicle title and registration work, and the system's centralized accounting and distribution functions are processing the numerous tax and fees that are related to vehicle transactions. The new system is also providing law enforcement with registration information in a more complete and timely manner.


Utah Annotated Code Title 41 covers the State's motor vehicle laws. Title 41, Chapter 3 is the primary section adminstered by the MVED. The Chapter specifies motor vehicle business regulations.

Intent Language

HB0003: Item 61

Under Section 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that appropriations provided to the Utah State Tax Commission in Item 13, Chapter 10, Laws of Utah 2014 not lapse at the close of Fiscal Year 2015. The use of nonlapsing funds is limited to the costs directly related to the modernization of tax and motor vehicle systems and processes.

HB0003: Item 61

Under Section 63J-1-603 of the Utah Code, the Legislature intends that unspent funds available from Temporary Permit Fees paid to the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division shall transfer at the close of Fiscal Year 2015 to the new restricted fund created for the deposit of these fees.

The greatest portion of the Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division's (MVED) funding is in the form of dedicated credits. The temporary permit fee issued by vehicle dealers upon sale of a vehicle generates the greatest amount of revenue for MVED's dedicated credits. Senate Bill 106 of the 2007 General Session removed the temporary permit fee from statute. The Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division is now authorized to request modification of this fee in the budget process to cover division cost increases, as well as compensation package costs that must be paid from these fees. During the 2009 General Session, the Legislature authorized this fee to increase from $8 per transaction to $12.

Eighty percent of the division's budget is allocated to personnel services for the enforcement of the state's vehicle registration laws, fraud and theft detection, and the oversight functions assigned to the division related to the motor vehicle industry.

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COBI contains unaudited data as presented to the Legislature by state agencies at the time of publication. For audited financial data see the State of Utah's Comprehensive Annual Financial Reports.