Who Are We … and What Do We Do?

Who Are We … and What Do We Do

The Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division (MVED) of the Utah State Tax Commission licenses and regulates automobile dealerships, salespeople, crushers, transporters, dismantlers, and body shops. It investigates motor vehicle fraud and other crimes, such as auto theft, chop shops, odometer fraud, and salvage vehicle fraud.

Who Are We … and What Do We Do1MVED officers protect citizens from motor vehicle commerce fraud by regulating the car sales industry. In the news media MVED officers have been misidentified as DMV police, state investigators and my personal favorite…”state motor fleet officers.” Police throughout the state recognize MVED officers as experts in auto theft and other motor vehicle related crimes ( i.e., odometer fraud, chop shops, title fraud and vehicle theft).

The Division falls under the State Tax Commission which is located at 210 North 1950 West in Salt Lake City. The Division is currently operated under the direction of Director Kent Jorgensen. The daily operation’s of the division are supervised and ran by Assistant Director Curtis Stoddard and Chief Investigator Lt. Allan Shinney. We have four Sergeants and seventeen Investigators covering the entire State of Utah. Within the Division, we have four crews who specialize in a variety of law enforcement and criminal cases. We could not accomplish our mission without the assistance of a wonderful and knowledgeable clerical staff managed by Jenny Stanger and six full-time and two seasonal clerical staff.

Special Operations Crew – Lead by Sgt. Bruce Timothy and four Investigators who are responsible for investigating and enforcing motor vehicle theft, motor vehicle fraud, chop shops, gathering intelligence from confidential informants on auto theft related crimes, serving search warrants, and enforcing registration related traffic laws. Special Ops also operates the L.P.R’s (License Plate Readers) to assist them in identifying stolen vehicles, registration issues (i.e. revoked, expired, or cancelled registrations), and wanted persons. Special Ops crew also oversees the “bait car” program.

Compliance Crew – Lead by Sgt Cole McAfee and four Investigators who are responsible for regulating and enforcing all the crushers, transporters, dismantlers, and body shops throughout the state. Compliance also enforces “Curb Stoners” (the selling of two or more vehicles within a year without a dealer’s license) and has been very successful in this growing problem in our society.

Northern Dealer Section – Lead by Sgt Jeff Carter and three Investigators who are responsible for regulating the new and used automobile dealerships and all salespeople from the Idaho border to 2100 South in Salt Lake. They handle all varieties of consumer and dealer complaints from the automobile industry ranging from odometer fraud, failure to deliver titles, contract issues, financing problems, misrepresentation, fraud, and forgery.

Southern Dealer Section – Lead by Sgt Larry Ball and four Investigators who are responsible for regulating the new and used automobile dealerships and all salespeople from 2100 South in Salt Lake to St. George. They handle all varieties of consumer and dealer complaints from the automobile industry ranging from odometer fraud, failure to deliver titles, contract issues, financing problems, misrepresentation, fraud, forgery, and other criminal issues that arise Other duties assigned to Investigators include V.I.N. inspections, V.I.N. installs, assisting other police agencies in recovering hidden or secondary V.I.N’s, and even recovering V.I.N’s that has been fraudulently removed, hidden, or destroyed by a process called acid lifting.

MVED issues licenses to sales persons, dealerships, body shops, crushers (recyclers), and dismantlers. In Utah, there are 16,682 licensed sales people and 3,625 registered licenses (dealers, body shops, crushers, dismantlers, etc). Last year, we recovered nearly 650 stolen vehicles. We also filed 1,476 criminal counts, impounded 165 vehicles, issued 3,302 citations, served 56 search warrants, made 100 arrests, conducted over 3,000 traffic stops, and investigated 3,735 cases.

Please contact us if you need any assistance in the motor vehicle industry and we would be glad to assist you. You can also visit our website for valuable information at mved.utah.gov.

Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division

210 North 1950 West | Salt Lake City, UT 84134

(801) 297-2600 office