Find Who Owns a Car

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Name Phone Number License Plate VIN

How to Find Who Owns a Car

To find out who owns a car there are a couple of options depending on the reasons why you want to know this information. The Drivers Privacy Protection Act only allows certain legitimate inquiries to access vehicle owner information. Then you might be able to answer the question, “ How to Find Who Owns a Car .” once you’ve determined that your vehicle record request is legitimate in your state.  There are also a multitude of other resources that the vehicle record resources that can be used to lookup a vehicle’s history, title ownership and if there have been any major recalls or safety concerns with a specific vehicle. You can search all this information with a license plate number or the 17 digit VIN of the car. With nearly 300 million vehicles on the road in the United States, license plate verification services have become more popular than ever.

How to Find Who Owns a CarHow to Find Who Owns a Car By License Plate

To find out who owns a car by license plate number you will need the complete license plate number and state of registration to begin this search. Again, depending on your reason for finding out who owns a car by license plate number you must have a legitimate reason according to the DPPA. Then once you’ve determined this is a legitimate reason you can proceed with your car owner inquiry. It is also important to note that on some car license plate numbers there are special characters and symbols that must be documented to run an accurate search to determine who the owner of that car is

How to Find Who Owns a Car By VIN

To find out who owns a car by VIN , or vehicle identification number, you will need the complete VIN. The vehicle identification number is a 17 digit alpha-numeric code that describes all the specific vehicle information and each VIN is unique to one specific car, just like the license plate number. You can go through the same channels as the license plate search as long as you have a legitimate reason to perform this car owner search.

Car Owner SearchReasons for Finding out Who Owns a Car

There are a multitude of reasons that someone would like to know who owns a car. It might be that they’re in the market for a used car or maybe checking on the title of their own car or possibly another reason that is allowed via the DPPA. The Driver Privacy Protection Act is very serious and only those that meet the criteria and have a legitimate reason can perform this car owner search. Each state in the United States has their own DPPA that must be adhered to. To find out more about DPPA reasons and regulations in order to answer the question, “ How to Find Who Owns a Car ,” can be found here on Wikipedia. Also note that not all states allow the same reasons to find out who owns a car and some information about the car owner may be limited. Also note that you will be personally liable for information obtained in a car owner search and it’s illegal to stalk or harass anyone with any information you obtain. Please be responsible with the information you find. The FOIA, or Freedom of Information Act makes vehicle records public domain so that people can access this information as long as their in compliance with state, local and federal regulations.

What Information Is Available With a Car Plate Search?

  1. Vehicle Owner Information
  2. VIN – 17 digit vehicle identification number
  3. Vehicle specs and manufacturing details
  4. Vehicle History and Title Information
  5. Crash Test Ratings and Recalls

Many people run a car plate search for reasons of purchasing a used car and verification of the vehicle and vehicle ownership which is a key part of the transaction. It can be very helpful to know if the car title is clean or salvaged or has a lien on it, if there are any major safety concerns or if the owner is the person selling the car. There are a multitude of reasons people want to know more about vehicles and with our search tool you can run multiple searches on the cars you want to know more about.

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  1. Tara Williams says:

    Bought it with a bill of sale and I need to tag it but I don’t have a title

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Tara, you’ll need to visit a motor vehicle department in person to handle the title transfer of the vehicle. Once you’ve satisfied all the requirements and pay the relevant fees, you’ll be issued a new car title and registration

  2. Jackie says:

    I recently had a man trespass onto my property. When I told him to leave he got hostile and defensive, getting into my face and staying on my property for an extended time frame. THe police never showed up even though I called twice and told them the situation. I want to press charges for trespassing. Is this valid?

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Jackie, it sounds like you have a case. You’ll want to file a police report first and then either contact the clerk of the courts to inquire about personally filing a claim or seek the guidance of a legal attorney

  3. William Crummie says:

    I have been looking to buy this motorcycle and the guy that is selling it don’t have a title or any paper work on it. How do I find out if he is the owner or not by the vin number.

  4. Mac says:

    On Tuesday, 9 August 2022 I was at the traffic light waiting to turn right at the intersection of Contee Rd & Laurel-Bowie Rd (Rt 197, Laurel MD). A reckless driver that appeared to be a 19-20 yr old African American male rear-ended me. When I got out of my vehicle to talk to the young man & get his driver’s information, he quickly backed up & sped off in the opposite direction on Contee Rd. Other than the appearance of the person, I was only able to get a partial tag # (first 3 digits possibly 1EZ), the color of the car (light grey), and possible make (Ford/Lincoln, older model). I called the police and waited to make a report. They will look into it but said it was probably a runner. How can I find out through MD DMV any vehicles with those first 3 digits? As it stands, I will have to pay for the damage to my vehicle through my insurance. What can be done? There were others around and it would be a kind deed if someone that saw the car & tag number would report the accident to the Laurel, MD police.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Mac, first, hopefully everyone is ok and uninjured. Next, you’ll want to file a hit and run with the police, they can run partial license plate numbers and if you have the make and model of the vehicle, that will be helpful as well. Then, you’ll want to notify your insurance company and if you have Uninsured Motorist Insurance you shouldn’t have to pay a deductible and the insurance company.

  5. Karen Green says:

    I was almost hit by a child driving reckless on a parking lot with his mom and sister in the vehicle. Why are children driving cars without permits or licenses on the streets. Police was notified to the scene, gave me a civil case number. Officer states for privacy reasons he can not reveal the owner’s information.
    How can I file without knowing who to file the complete about?

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Karen, since there is a police report, you should be able to file the suit for reckless driving at your local county courthouse. Call first and discuss your options with the clerk of the court and give them the civil case number.

  6. Mitchell Charles says:

    I’m trying to buy a car. The guy never wants to meet me any place like a bank or a FedEx Office. He only wants to meet in parking lots of closed businesses. Something’s not right when I ask for the title. Always a story.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Mitchell, it sounds a little suspicious indeed, it’s always prudent to trust one’s instincts with a big purchase like a used car

  7. Carlo G Spicola says:

    Five cars are on my property the so called owner as never shown me no title of ownership but it seems to have the keys. I would like to know what I could do my rights have the car to remove it’s a person doesn’t agree with the payment of it a great upon.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      What If Someone Abandoned A Car On My Property?

      Depending on what state you live in, if a car was abandoned on your property you have the right to have it removed at the owner’s expense. The first step is to contact the police department and report this abandoned vehicle. It’s best to let them help guide you to the next steps so you are staying within the guidelines of removing an abandoned vehicle as well as minimizing any expenses you need to put out to have the vehicle towed

  8. Annie Baker says:

    I am a retired teacher of 35 years. I desire to have a reliable car to travel in free of problems and repairs. This white Mercedes Benz E350 is a car I am considering. Is it a good purchase. I don’t have extra money for repairs. Thanks for your help.

  9. R. Dickson says:

    Need to know who truck is titled in before I consider buying it.
    Arizona tag CNA0353

  10. Clifton Lewis says:

    Just got the car, title not changes over yet?would like to know something about the car

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Clifton, you can find out quite a bit about your car by running a vehicle history report. Just enter the 17 digit vin number on the form at the top of this page and choose the vehicle history report option. You can find out the history of your car, if the title is clean and what your car specs are, in just a few moments.

  11. KJ says:

    I an hiring a man that I do not know. All I have is his truck plate numbe

  12. Madeline Velasquez says:

    He hit my car and left hit and run

  13. Cindy S Lamme says:

    I want to cancel my 7 day trial & have my debit card credited back for the amount I owe.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Cindy, we will process your request ASAP. Please allow a few days for the credit to be reflected on your statement.

  14. michelle says:

    I was on the highway with an aggressive driver riding up on people and weaving in and out of traffic. When I didn’t move out of his way he got up next me and threw a full can of soda at my car. No damage, but certainly scared the crap out of me. I wasn’t sure what happened. Got the guys license plate number and make and model of car. I should probably file a police report although I’m not sure what can be done since there was no damage.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      You are correct Michell, your best bet is to contact the police and let them handle the situation

  15. Kim says:

    I believe my car was sold without my consent

  16. Sandra S McDade says:


    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Sandra, you might want to document this with some pictures of the debris that the dump truck left behind and then contact your local police to follow up with the situation

  17. BRIAN ENBOM says:

    This vehicle ran a red light while I was making a legal u turn at the intersection. I had the Green Arrow and this vehicle did not stop at the red light and continued on thru the intersection, I had to stop so there wasn’t an accident. I would like to report this to the California Highway Patrol.

  18. Richard O’Connor says:

    I used to own this car I would like to make them an offer for it.

  19. Ron Davis says:

    This person hit my car, but gave false insurance information to the attending police officer.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Ron, in this type of situation, typically either the police or your auto insurance company will handle this and follow up with the person that was at fault that gave false information regarding an car accident

  20. crystal marie says:

    i purchased car temp registerted it waiting on seller to get me titlt and havent heard back and its been over a year need a title how to go abouit situation

  21. Charles Franck says:

    This car was left in my driveway 1 1/2 years ago and the owner moved back to Bulgaria. I need to get a new title. Please advise

  22. J Rina says:

    I have a towing company and two many vehicles from Private Properties. Many of the vehicles have either no license plate or misuse of plate, making it impossible for me to send notification per the requirements by State DMV. The state makes it extremely difficult if the vehicle was registered out of state as they will not give you any information and thus the wild goose chase so to speak begins.

  23. Tim says:

    I bought the car but I forgot to get her copy of license and can’t find the phone number ! Would like to go back and get copy of license for duplicate title since she lost it during moving !

  24. Kate Perez says:

    You tell us the possible reasons for an owner search, but do not provide links (clear to the eye) on where to click to go to the VIN or License Plate search area to find the information.

    Please advise.

  25. Judith Pletcher says:

    The car with the plate no 8cy0557 hit my car in a parking garage in Bethesda, md. A photo of the car and the plate no
    Is very visible

  26. Mary Storm says:

    I’m trying to find a previous owner of a vehicle that was used by a possible witness in a possible crime deemed a suicide from 10 years ago in a case where the LE have closed the case and won’t disclose any records to the family. We don’t have any beef with law enforcement as a whole, but this particular agency has been almost willfully unhelpful with the family. It appears that the car has been sold and we don’t need to know the current owner unless the information that the previous owner sold it is incorrect. Would you be able to help with this? I have the vin number, and specifically need to know who owned the car in 2012. I hope you can help.

  27. Katie Schramski says:

    The man hit my van and I need to get my car fixed looking to get insurance info

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Kate, if this was a hit and run scenario then you may want to reach out to your local police or highway patrol to have them follow up on this for you. By getting a police report and filing a hit and run you can inform your auto insurance company and get your car repaired

  28. Kenneth White says:

    Bought a car from this chick and can’t get title transferred over cause can read the vin on title and it’s not in Her name trying to find the other owner

  29. Tom Bock says:

    I am trying to find previous owner of my rv. The previous owner bought it and did not take delivery from dealer. We believe there may have been damage/structural issues that were not disclosed to us upon our purchase

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Tom, we do have limited information regarding mororhome RV information. If you have the 17 digit VIN available we can try running it through our vehicle database to see if we can find anything for you

  30. Otis Salley says:

    Lost title!! Need to get another one.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      I Lost My Car Title

      If you’ve lost your car title it’s simple to obtain a new one. Just go online to your state motor vehicle website and make a request to obtain a duplicate car title online. You will need to download the “duplicate car title form” and fill out the required areas along with your driver’s license information and vehicle registration information. There will be a small fee for processing and a duplicate car title will be mailed to you within a few weeks.

  31. Ray Cherry says:

    I sold a 1968 red firebird in 1968 to a man in Alexandria, virginia. I would like to find the car again for possible purchase to own again.

  32. THOMAS BRANDIS says:

    I sold my 2007 vette to a naples florida dealer…5 times ive asked him to come get the second set of keys to give to the new owner but he refuses. Since they are expensive i would prefer to give them to the owner rather than throw them away

  33. Garland Carper says:

    I sold my car to a man who test-drove it and paid me via PayPal on March 15, 2022. This was via Facebook Marketplace. His profile picture on Facebook and Pinterest is the same man I sold the car to. On April 1, 2022, he filed a dispute with PayPal saying he did not make the transaction.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Garland, you may want to file a police report or seek legal counsel to help you resolve this situation if you cannot resolve this through PayPal directly. You should also take note that there are a lot of scams out there that use Craigs List, eBay, FB Marketplace and Paypal, to name a few.

  34. Michelle says:

    The car hit my car trying to find ownerof car for insurance

  35. Shelley Read says:

    This truck has been stolen. We think it may have been sold through fraud.

Author: squarryadministrator
Last Updated: 2019-09-11

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