Who Was the Previous Owner of My Car?

It is sometimes possible to find out the previous owner of a car from looking at the title slip, especially if the car changes hands through a private transaction. However, car dealers and the Department of Motor Vehicles are prohibited from passing on the names of previous car owners.

Previous owners’ names were deleted from official vehicle histories after a 1989 case in which a fan murdered an actress he was stalking after getting her home address from official Department of Motor Vehicles records. It is possible to get a vehicle’s history, including any history of accidents, by checking the vehicle identification number with services such as Carfax.