How Can You Search for Car Registration?

To search for car registration, begin by locating its Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, and contacting a DMV office. Ask the state office to track the car's registration, and be prepared to fill out documentation and pay a small fee.

Another option to find registration information about a vehicle is to contact a local company that works with the state to compile this kind of information and ask how to go about obtaining motor vehicle records. The contact information for businesses like these is typically available in a physical or digital phone directory. Search under government businesses with a subtitle such as "motor vehicle registration." Many of these types of businesses perform services such as title transfers and driver's license renewal. Expect to fill out paperwork and pay a fee to obtain information.

Another option is to buy the registration history from an online tracking service. These services pay to use the vehicle registration databases for each state. As a result, the service provides information taken from a wide search radius.

A VIN is usually located on the driver's side dashboard near the windshield or the driver's door jamb. It is a 17-digit number that is specific to that vehicle. If these numbers are not visible in these areas, check the car owner's manual for possible VIN locations, such as in the engine block.