How Can You Use a the VIN of a Vehicle to Find Its Previous Owner?

Find information about a vehicle's previous owner by ordering a vehicle history report. In order to get a full vehicle history report, expect to pay a small fee.

  1. Choose a report provider

    Select a service to process vehicle history report requests. Your local DMV has a list of reputable providers.

  2. Enter the VIN online

    Visit the website of the report provider. Find the box that allows you to enter the VIN, which is usually located on the front page of the website. Type in the full VIN, and click the submit button.

  3. Pay the report fee

    Enter your credit or debit card information to pay the fee associated with the vehicle report. Once the card has been approved, you can view the vehicle history report and information on the previous owner.