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Passed House amended (06/18/1996)

Anti-Car Theft Improvements Act of 1996 - Changes the National Automobile Title Information System to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS).

Makes the Attorney General (currently, the Secretary of Transportation) responsible for carrying out specified functions with respect to NMVTIS. Directs the Attorney General no later than: (1) December 31, 1997, to establish a NMVTIS that will provide specified individuals and entities with instant and reliable access to information maintained by the States relating to motor vehicle titling; and (2) October 1, 1998, to report to the Congress on which States have met requirements with respect to NMVTIS.

Grants immunity from any civil action seeking money damages or equitable relief in any Federal or State court for any person performing activities, in good faith and with the reasonable belief that such activities were in accordance with Federal provisions, relating to NMVTIS and the National Stolen Passenger Motor Vehicle Information System (NSPMVIS).

Authorizes the Attorney General to make grants to participating States to be used in making titling information available to the operator. Authorizes appropriations to carry out provisions regarding State participation in NMVTIS and NSPMVIS.