Find Who Owns a Car

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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 government offers to lookup vehicle information. Once such website is the site. You can enter the VIN of a vehicle to find out if there are known safety issues or recalls.

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 contact the DMV directly about your car owner inquiry, a private investigator or certain 3rd party vehicle record websites. 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.

Reasons 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.

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  1. I own a 1959 chevrolet sedan delivery that I suspect is a car that my now late father sold back in the early 1970s in Kansas. I believe the car was sold to a person in Oklahoma back then. I bought my car from a person that said it spent many years in Oklahoma before being bought and brought back to kansas. Is there any way to search a vehicle history this far back?

  2. My father-in-law has Alzheimer’s and lives with us in Missouri since May of 2021. His vehicle is still in California and is currently registered as non-operational. We have a buyer for the 28-year old vehicle but cannot find the title. I completed an on line DMV inquiry and they said there is a lien on the vehicle, which is hard to imagine since we believe the small loan was paid off long ago. I feel like we’re caught between a rock and a hard place. I need to find out who the lienholder is so we can contact him. I have power of attorney and am his authorized representative and care-giver.

    1. Pam, if you want to run a vehicle title search with our public record resources you will need to have the 17 digit VIN. There will be a small fee for a vehicle history report, which includes vehicle title information. Another option is to contact the DMV directly and inquire who is listed as the lien holder on the vehicle. If this loan was paid off and the lien is no longer valid then you will need to send the DMV some information regarding the loan payoff from the lender.

  3. My son has a missing persons on him. We were told car was towed with no trace. I have the cars vin number to see if it was stolen. The car had no liens on it. Please help this desperate mom. Thank you

    1. Karen, unfortunately our resources do not list stolen vehicles. That said, you can contact the police to file a report of a stolen vehicle as well as a missing person report. Best of luck, we hope you can resolve this situation

  4. Who ever it is he only has only has one Washington state auto license plate for his 1932 automobile with license plate (34-031) and I have the other one in my possession, Want to get a hold of him and get it to him.

  5. Im trying to file a lien on a vehicle for work done and storage the guy that left it here wont tell me the owners nane ive had it over a year and ahalf already

    1. Chester, if there is a lien on a vehicle because it was financed, it will most likely be titled under the name of the finance company. If the loan has been paid off then the lien should be released automatically. If this is not the case then you may want tot contact the finance company directly

    1. Darwin, we cannot help you out for the reasons you specified. Please go through our license plate lookup and read the terms and conditions and the acceptable reasons to find out who owns a car in your state of residence

  6. There has been a mysterious SUV parked outside my house for a few hours every night. Not there when I go to, or come home from work, but it’s there when I come on lunch. It’s been there every single night for last 8 days. This is getting creepy and I want to know who it is.

    1. Jon, if you suspect someone is presenting a danger you should contact the police and let them deal with the situation of this ominous SUV

  7. I sold a car a few years ago in a private transaction. It was in another state from where I am living and while I signed the title for transfer, I did not actually do that at the DMV. My concern is less to know who actually owns it now, but more to confirm that it is not still titled in my name. So it’s less about who owns it now and more making sure it’s not still titled in my name. Is there a way to confirm that?

    1. Robert C., you can submit a “Release of Liability” for the ownership liability of the vehicle that you sold. You can visit your state’s DMV website and file this document online. Then you will be able to pass on the liability of the car that you sold

    1. Peggy, you might consider running a vehicle history report to find out what you’d like to know about this vehicle.

  8. Hi, I bought 1997 Mercedes SL 500 couple years ago. Story of the vehicle is first owner was Michael Jordan (NBA Player) is there any way how i can proof it?
    The point is if he was owner this car have interesting history.
    Thank you

    1. Flip, unfortunately we cannot assist you with the owner history of this vehicle. You can try and contact the DMV about your inquiry but this is typically not allowed

  9. Trying to find the builder of my son’s ‘66 Chevy Chevelle SS 396. The car was sold at Canon Classics in Utah in sometime in 2019 to a guy in Kailua, Hawaii.
    The owner in Hawaii didn’t get the builders name, it was a consignment car thru Canon. Ive contacted Canon several times after my son bought the car from the guy in Hawaii, my sons a Submarine Officer at Pearl Harbor ( Dec. ‘20), they said they couldn’t help me.
    This SS is a really nice new looking car, no issues. My son just want to find out some history of the car and it’s build. We’re not searching for the builder, we understand the privacy thing but would like our contact info to get to him.
    The plate that was on the car when advertised was a1966 Utah EF 6813. I have a photo of the car from Canon when it was advertised prior to sale in Hawaii.
    I know this is a long shot, but worth a try, such a beautiful car needs to have some history with it.
    Thanks, any questions please call me, Jon

    1. Jon, unfortunately that is not information that we can assist you with. Service and rebuild records are not typically associated with a Chevy vehicle history report.

  10. I was rear ended and didn\’t get the license plate number and he didn\’t have his drivers license. I took a picture of the insurance card. The company is now saying no one is claiming a accident happened because they have multiple vehicles and drivers on their insurance. But there is only on one the insurance card. What should I do?

  11. I am trying to find out who bought my car, I sold my 2008 BMW 528i to (?) I’m not a car dealer, I didn’t check his credentials at the time. The buyer was a young man, an older man and a girl were with him, they took it for a test drive. They paid $7k in cash. They asked me if they could use my plates to take the car to a place to store until they registered the car. Later that day, I called them and said we needed receipt(s) for the sale of the car, the girl said “we’ll bring the plates later today and we will exchange receipt(s),” one for the buyer and one for me. I didn’t get the plates until the next day. She did not ring the doorbell, so we exchanged no receipts. A week later, I get a violation ticket from the NJ Parkway, showing “I” didn’t pay the toll. THEY didn’t pay the toll! the fine was about $51. dollars. I need the name and address to retrieve my cost for the ticket. At the time of sale, they said not to put the date, nor the actual sale price. I stupidly complied.

    1. Mike, you should reach out to the police and file a hit and run with the description of the Chevy cavalier. Then contact your auto insurance company and do the same. They will guide you though getting your car repaired so it’s safe to get back on the road

  12. Hi. I purchased a classic car and the engine is missing. Would like to contact previous owners to see if they know what happen to it. Thanks

  13. Trying to find Grandfathers old truck it was somewhere between 1968 through 1970 Ford F100 two tone red and white long bed with bucket seat which is rare on a truck last known address it was registered to was 725 Neely’s Bend Rd , Madison Tn . Wife Sadie Jeanette, children Wayne Barbara and Diane Sykes . Owner Alton B Sykes

  14. I purchased a car about 23 years ago to restore it. I’m almost finished with the restoration and can’t find the title and can’t remember the person I purchased it from. I know it was thru a dealer I believe. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

  15. The vehicle has been stored in a garage on my property for 20 years, and now abandoned. I have the person’s name who left it on my property. I am trying to ensure that he is the legal owner of the car. I need to find owner of the car.

  16. Hello – Got a parking ticket which quotes my plate number but not my car model. I wasn’t in that city at that time on that date. What gives? Thanks.

  17. Howdy– I’ve located one particular car for sale that I really like. I want to touch base with the owner (if at all possible). On line sales sites that host this car for the past 6-8 months or so, don’t seem to work at all. Any ideas? Thanks a million!

  18. Veh hit my veh at store and left someone left me a note with luc plate number so I need to reach them to find out why the left

  19. My father-in-law is trying to track down a car that he once owned that his brother sold without permission years ago. To see if he could possibly buy the car back.

  20. They hit my car and left. I don’t want to claim on insurance so I want to know who did it so I can ask them if they want to fix it or go to jail.

    1. Heather, in this situation you will want to contact your local police and file a hit and run report and have them follow up with the person that fled the scene

  21. I bought a 2019 jeep and I want to Know if license # DP634SP is the right plate for the jeep.

    Mr. Angel Salazar

    1. Angel, you can contact your local DMV directly to inquire about the previous owner and if it matches your license plate number. You can use our Free DMV Finder to locate a DMV office near you

  22. car that I sold 2 wks ago, has the title of my other 2 vehicles in the car. Was hoping to contact the new owner, thanks for considering


    1. Janis, unfortunately that is not an acceptable reason to run a car owner search. You must first read through our terms of search and read your state’s privacy laws before obtaining any vehicle informaiton

  24. Trying to track down my late fathers old 1969 Camaro, I have it narrowed down to Grand island Nebraska but need to get owners name in order to locate it. Assist?

  25. His 2 Great Danes knocked me down in the park and fractured my fibula and injured my back. I have his license plate and vin number. How can I find out who owns the car

    1. Waltuch, you might want to consider filing a police report for the incident you mentioned to protect your rights. Unfortunately we can only give our car owner information for specific circumstances as outlined in our member’s area. You must follow your state’s privacy laws to obtain any information from a license plate or VIN

  26. I bought a car from a guy but it had no title only bill of sale and application for duplicate transfer of title but I just found out he never registered it in his name so now I dont know the registered owner is to transfer it in my name can you please help??

    1. Miesha, you will want to contact your local DMV directly about this situation. You might be able to call them to discuss your options or visit a branch in person

  27. My friend is a mechanic and one person drop the car and never come pick up since 3 years, car take a space and we trying to get rid of. We know that car is own by bank and bank have title, we want to contact a bank first do give them back this car. Can i check what bank own that car? Of course we have a vin number and name of the person, Thank you

  28. This is a car my husband owned in high school. We were just checking to see if it is still around. Thanks, S. Morgan

  29. I purchased a motor cycle, owner recently purchased from someone else but can\’t find the title from original owner to sign over to me. Currant owner never transferred title over. Can I do a search to locate original owner

    1. Harold, unfortunately we cannot assist you directly with a car owner search for those reasons. Please read through our DPPA and your state’s privacy laws to see what are acceptable reasons to run a license plate or VIN search through our system. That being said, if you have the bill of sale you should be able to apply for a duplicate motorcycle title through your local DMV.

  30. I am trying to sell my car and I lost my title. My sister in law wants to see my name on the paperwork but DMV closed due to CoVid19.

    1. Jeanette, you can use the DMV online portal to download a duplicate title form and mail it in. This is the easiest way to get a copy of your vehicle documents

  31. my grandpa died and there are over 10 cars abandoned on this property and I know they aren\’t all his. Can I search the VIN to find owners or find out whats his?

    1. Danelle, you will need to read through our terms of use and select an appropriate reason for running a VIN search or license plate number lookup. Another option is to contact the DMV in your state and make this request to find out who owns those cars

  32. Interested in Who owns a car… I was in a set up/sting if you will by a corrupt police officer In cahoots with at least a single tow man. It’s past time limitations to bring them up for charges etc.. happened during a bad time for me and feared retribution or worse… not it’s a principal of confirming what I suspect how everything played out… only for my peace of mind. Other that VIN what other ways could vehicles sequence iof owners be tracked and original vehicle be found?

    1. We apologize that you had difficulty finding what you were looking for Cheryl, we will issue you a full refund. Please allow a few business days for this refund to be reflected on your bank statement.

  33. I was rear-ended last night, 10/21/19 @ approximatley 9 pm the other party didn’t want to be late to work and did not want to wait for an officer to arrive. He stated his name is Louis Ramirez and works in Corralitos as a hay man for horses. He said he would send his information to my email address. I never received it.


    1. Thank you for reaching out about our ” Find Who Owns a Car ” blog Sandra. It sounds like since you have all the person’s information that you should contact the police about this matter as well as your insurance company ASAP. Time is of the essence with these matters, especially if there was any personal injury incurred. You might also want to file a Hit and Run Report with the Police and let your insurance company know. That being said, you can go through our process to find out limited owner information as well as it complies with the DPPA regulations in the state you live in.

      How to File a Hit and Run Car Accident Report

      1. Call the police as soon as possible after the car accident
      2. Collect as much information as possible including any witnesses
      3. Write down the other driver’s information and auto insurance
      4. Take pictures of the accident scene and the vehicle involved
      5. File your police report and let your insurance company know

    1. Most cars will have the VIN in multiple locations such as the dashboard, inside driver’s side door panel, on the frame of the vehicle and in the engine compartment

  34. Trying to find who owns this CanAM which is for sale on Craigslist. Price is too cheap by far. Conditions for sale are a bit unusual. Need to verify it’s a real transaction.

    1. Unfortunately we cannot run a car owner search on a recreational vehicle or offroad vehicle. You will need to contact the DMV directly about this.

      Also, you might want to proceed with caution as there are a lot of Craigslist scams for purchasing used cars, off road vehicles, apartment rentals and the list goes on. Often times if it’s too good of a deal to be true than it probably is

    1. In order to obtain vehicle information from our car owner search or license plate record search, you must first read our terms of conditions and select an appropriate reason, from our list of approved DPPA reasons, and then you can proceed. If your reason does not fit into the requirements stated by the DPPA then you won’t be able to use our car owner search resources.

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Last Updated: March 11, 2020

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