There are many ways to find a car's owner by using the license plate number, including getting its VIN number from a government smog site and asking the smog shop that worked on the car for information about the owner. Individuals can also fill out a Request for Record Information form or consult a state database if applicable.Continue Reading
Individual states sometimes have websites where a user can input a license plate number into a site to retrieve a history of smog checks done on the vehicle. From this information, the user can directly contact the smog check station that last serviced the vehicle and request information about the owner of the car. In some cases, the state site may provide the VIN Number for the car, and this can help the user to obtain additional information.
One alternative that is less likely to work is completing a Request for Record Information about the vehicle's owner. Additionally, some states may offer a database that users can utilize after paying a small fee. One example is Minnesota's TLO website. Users input the license plate number on the TLO site and receive information about the car's owner, model, make, and its color.
Keep in mind that searching for this information may violate the privacy of an individual and may violate state or local laws. Consult relevant local and state laws before investigating any person using these methods.Learn more about DMV & Records
Tracing the ownership of a vehicle can be done by the registration number of the vehicle, the license plate, the name of the owner or by the Vehicle Identification Number. To find this information, it is necessary to place a request with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).Full Answer >
Although there are a number of companies that offer to look up the owner of a vehicle by its license plate number, running a license plate check on someone is illegal in all circumstances, according to the DMV. This is prohibited by the Drivers Privacy Protection Act of 1994.Full Answer >
It is not possible to legally run a license plate number in order to find information relating to the owner of a vehicle. This applies whether the license plate look up service is free or paid for. It is, however, possible to look up a license plate to see if it is available for purchase.Full Answer >
To determine the previous owner of a vehicle, request for a vehicle history report, also called a VIN check, which provides information on previous ownership, liens held on the car, maintenance and title history problems. The report also reveals details on flood damage, car title and accidents involving the vehicle.Full Answer >