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Contact: Mike Horan
Cathleen Lewis
Kevin Cranston
RELEASE: November 27, 2007


Harrington Highlights Training, New Measures to Prevent Fraud
New, security-enhanced titles and temp tags unveiled

(JERSEY CITY) – Touting document fraud prevention as one of many dramatic security changes the organization has made over the last four years, New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) Chief Administrator Sharon A. Harrington today announced plans for even further security enhancements by unveiling new, more secure vehicle titles and temporary vehicle tags. Joined by state and local officials at the Jersey City Police Academy, Harrington stressed that the improved security measures are essential to the MVC’s effort to combat crime.

“The MVC does not tolerate any type of criminal activity whatsoever and that is why we take all necessary action to prevent it,” Harrington said. “Through critical security funding, the MVC has made great strides enhancing all areas of the organization, including our highly-regarded document fraud training program. These new, security-enhanced titles and temp tags are just one more step we have taken that will make it more difficult for criminals to commit fraud.”

The MVC’s efforts to upgrade security measures are made possible by the Motor Vehicle Security & Customer Service Act, which was signed into law in 2003. The law established a stable funding source through a $7 security fee on vehicle registrations. The proceeds, which generate approximately $40 million per year, were designated strictly for security enhancements within the MVC. Upgrades have included the establishment of a Division of Security, Investigations and Internal Audit; the improvement of facility security, such as the installation of alarms, security cameras and panic buttons; the implementation of the Law Enforcement Agency Security Enhancement (LEASE) Program; the creation of a fraud tip line; and the development of the Document Fraud Prevention and Retention Program.
To date, the MVC has trained approximately 4,300 employees and nearly 11,000 law enforcement personnel through its document fraud program. This year alone, more than 2,200 individuals have completed the program, which trains participants on weeding out counterfeit documents. Since 2003, there have been more than 3,000 arrests, 70 percent of which were related to document fraud.

Both the new vehicle title and temporary tag feature several enhanced security features that will make them more difficult to duplicate and easier for fraudulent ones to be identified. The vehicle title, which will go into circulation in January, will be the most secure title in the United States. Appearing on purple paper, the title includes such security features as a watermark, security thread, prismatic colors and thermographic ink, among others.

The resident temporary tag, which will go into circulation in December, is printed on security paper and includes a watermark, a safety block area and non-reproducing blue ink, as well as other security features. Current resident temporary tags will be out of circulation by May 2008. The non-resident temporary tag, which includes the same security features as the resident tag, will be put into circulation in early 2008.

“The $7 security fee has enabled the MVC to make many wise investments in the area of security. Document fraud training and the new titles and temporary tags are just three examples of how the security funding has allowed the MVC to make many positive steps to fight against criminal activity,” Harrington added. “The security fee, though, is set to sunset in 2013. In the recently released MVC Forward: Strategies for Excellence report, one of the many recommendations is to prevent this from occurring. It is through this fee that the MVC will be able to continue to introduce improved security measures in order to prevent fraud and abuse.”        

In addition to introducing the new titles and temporary tags, Harrington also unveiled a document fraud poster that will appear prominently in MVC agencies statewide. The poster is designed to thwart off any possible attempts by customers to submit fraudulent documents and to remind them that such activity is illegal and violators will be arrested.