What is the difference between a conforming vs. non-conforming title?

Agency: State

A "conforming" title is one which has an odometer disclosure statement which complies with federal verbiage standards. For your information, a conforming odometer statement will consist of one of the following two phrases (states have a choice which phrase to use):

I (we) state that the odometer mileage is __________________ and certify that to the best of my knowledge the odometer reading is:

-- actual mileage

-- not actual mileage -- WARNING-ODOMETER DISCREPANCY

-- exceed mechanical limits of odometer

I certify to the best of my knowledge that the odometer reading is the actual mileage of the vehicle unless one of the following statements is checked:

-- The mileage stated is in excess of its mechanical limits.

-- The odometer reading is NOT the actual mileage. WARNING: ODOMETER DISCREPANCY

If an out-of-state title contains an odometer statement with the wording above, then it is a conforming title (the wording does not have to be exact, but often will be).

The majority of states began issuing conforming titles between 1989 and 1992. Generally, those issued before 1989 are nonconforming.

 

 

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