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Notary Notes

Odometer Exemption Change Effective January 1, 2021

by PAN

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final ruling to amend the odometer disclosure exemption from 10 years to 20 years. The final rule is effective January 1, 2021.

Under the amended rule, beginning with the 2011 model year and every model year thereafter, states are obligated to capture odometer disclosures for these vehicles for 20 years. In 2031, 2011 model year vehicles will become exempt from the odometer disclosure requirement. Each year after 2031, a subsequent model year (2012, 2013, 2014, etc.) will become exempt.

Also of January 1, 2021, when agents see a 2011 model year or newer vehicle with an out-of-state title branded “exempt” and are transferring the out-of-state title into a Pennsylvania Certificate of Title, agents are required to record the vehicle’s odometer reading on the PA record and apply the odometer status code “2 - Not actual mileage.”

Details—including a chart of model years and exemption dates—are included in the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s (PennDOT’s) Driver and Vehicle Services Update Bulletin 20-24. The bulletin will be posted on PennDOT’s website here.

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