Motor Vehicle Unit
The Motor Vehicle Unit consists of a contingent of personnel stationed within the Department of Revenue. They respond to requests from the Patrol and other law enforcement agencies within the state, as well as nationwide, who require information or documentation on Missouri titled vehicles, vehicle registration or licensed drivers. The Motor Vehicle Unit also provides assistance to the Department of Revenue concerning vehicle titling and driver's license problems. They process Patrol vehicle titles and required licenses. They monitor and check all Patrol salvage vehicle inspections and process all Kansas City and St. Louis towed vehicles before they are sold as unclaimed vehicles. The Motor Vehicle Unit is also an intelligence gathering and clearinghouse for criminal information, and provides investigative assistance on auto theft, odometer rollback fraud, title alteration, title counterfeiting and vehicle identification for law enforcement.
The Motor Vehicle Bureau also provides law enforcement agencies photographs from the driver license files including line-ups for identification purposes.
Auto theft statistics are obtained from MULES theft entries and current trends are then identified. This information is disseminated to law enforcement agencies, insurance companies and the general public.
The duties of the unit also involve the monitoring and entry of all the Patrol's towed vehicles, recovered stolen vehicles, and vehicle crime investigation reports into a computer file system. During 2013, Patrol officers recovered 30 stolen vehicles and towed 844 vehicles which were entered into the unit's tracking system.
The Patrol routinely checks all Missouri Department of Revenue issued titles. During 2013, more than 1,942,192 vehicles were checked through MULES and NCIC resulting in over 4,482 suspect vehicles being identified. Missouri has over 6,000,000 vehicles registered in the state. Through automated and manual checking, 451 vehicle title documents were held for examination and possible investigation by the Patrol or other law enforcement agencies.
Law Enforcement agencies may contact the Motor Vehicle Bureau at 573-751-9336.