To check car titles for free, obtain the vehicle identification number or VIN of the vehicle and access the website of the National Insurance Crime Bureau. Enter the VIN number in the appropriate field on this site, enter a verification code and click on "Search" to conduct the title check.
Ideally, locate and copy the VIN of the car yourself. Normally, the VIN, a 17-digit code, is present on the dashboard or door jamb of the car on the driver's side.
The NICB offers information regarding a car title as provided by around 150 partners, a majority of which are insurance firms. The information provided includes reports of the car being stolen and not recovered, or if it is deemed as a salvage vehicle by the NICB partners.
NICB allows an individual to perform up to five searches per IP address within a span of 24 hours. The free VIN check involves a three-step process that includes entering the VIN number, agreeing to the terms and conditions of use and entering a verification code on NICB's website.
Since the partners of NICB are permitted to choose the car title details they provide, a lack of listed issues does not ensure a clean car title in some cases.