License Plate Number Lookup

Name Phone Number License Plate VIN
Name Phone Number License Plate VIN

How to Run a License Plate Lookup

Running a license plate lookup has become a simple online process. Historically, this has been a tedious task of souring multiple websites or using legacy resources. Now, with the advent of cloud based online databases that can index billions of public records in seconds, license plate information can now be obtained on the fly by anyone. With a simple search form, anyone can perform a license plate number lookup with a license plate number or VIN number from the convenience of a laptop, tablet or smartphone. This search can uncover ownership information, vehicle title information, vehicle specifics such as the year and make and model and VIN. The license plate lookup tool is to be used for verification purposes, this is an unofficial service not offered by any motor vehicle dept.

What You Can Obtain From a License Plate Number Lookup

You can find  license plate owner information, vehicle information, vehicle history report, vehicle description and other related public records. You can also find important vehicle metrics and vehicle history information that can aid you when purchasing a used vehicle. With online license plate resources you can save yourself the trouble of searching multiple websites for your vehicle inquiries however, if you need official documentation for your vehicle then you will need to visit motor vehicle department office or website.

Car Owner SearchFinding VIN Information From License Plate Numbers

If you have the license plate number of a vehicle you can also find the VIN number with our online license plate lookup. This is a good means of identifying and verifying any vehicle you lookup. A VIN number will give you the make and model, manufacturer, body style, engine, year and much more. The VIN number is a 17 digit code that will allow you to verify every detail of the vehicle in question. A free license plate number lookup can also give you safety and recall information about a vehicle. To do this you will want to use your free license plate lookup results (mentioned above).

Understanding the License Plate Lookup

In order to perform a license plate lookup with our vehicle record database you should understand terms and conditions of your search and what is available in your state of residence. Then, once you are ready to proceed, you’ll need the complete license plate number and state of license plate registration to lookup vehicle records online. These records are for online reference only and cannot be used for legal purposes, hiring, tenant screening, academic applications or official purposes. Occasionally there are inaccuracies with online cloud based public records so verify the information you’re accessing as best as possible. Also note that it is illegal to harass or stalk someone and you must make sure to follow the guidelines when using our license plate and vin lookup tools.

How to Perform a VIN Lookup

First locate the the 17 digit alpha-numeric code. You can find on your dash board, engine block, registration and/or door frame. You do not need to enter a state when using our VIN lookup tool. Make sure to enter all the numbers and letters carefully, one misplaced or missing variable can cause the VIN number lookup to fail. We do not support partial VIN numbers so you must enter all 17 digits for the VIN check to work.

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Tag Plate Number Search

A tag plate number search is synonymous with a license plate number search. Often times tag plate number is what people are looking for which is British in origin, where a license plate number is an American term in origin. So tag plate number and license plate number are the same thing. It’s more common for people on the east coast to say tag plate where on the west coast of the United States, license plate is the common terminology. In either case you can perform a tag plate number search with the license plate number and state of registration. Every vehicle that is registered in the United States has a tag plate number as well as a VIN number, which are the key identifiable numbers that both describe the vehicle specs and vehicle registration information.

Run a License Plate Search By State

Frequently Asked License Plate Lookup Questions

Can You Lookup Someone's License Plate Number?

You can lookup someone's license plate number if you have the complete license plate number and the state it's registered in. You must have a valid reason for performing a license plate number lookup according to the rules and regulations of the state you live in.

Can I Lookup a License Plate Number For Free?

You can lookup some license plate information for free. You will need the full license plate number and state it's registered in to run a free license plate search. Vehicle information may include make and model and year, VIN, recalls and safety issues associated with that vehicle.

Can I Lookup Someone By Their License Plate?

Depending on the state you live in, you can lookup someone by their license plate number. In order lookup a person by license plate you will need to have a valid reason that is outlined in your state's DPPA regulations. Some personal information might be limited depending on what state you live in.

Can You Find Out Someone's Name From Their License Plate?

It is possible to find out someone's name from their license plate. In order to legally run a license plate name search you will need to verify that your reasons for doing so is in accordance with your state's DPPA. You can also visit the DMV and request license plate information if you have a valid reason.

How Can I Trace a License Plate?

To trace a license plate number to the vehicle or owner you will need the full license plate number as well as the state the vehicle is registered in. Then you will need to have a reasonable request, as outlined in your state's DPPA, to access license plate owner information. License plate trace reasons will vary depending on what state you live in.

Can a Civilian Run a License Plate?

Yes, a civilian can run a license plate number. To run a license plate search as a civilian you will need to have all the license plate information and select a reason from the DPPA to be in compliance with state law.

How Do I Find The Owner of a License Plate Number?

To find the owner of a license plate number you will need to have a valid reason to perform this search as outlined by your state's DMV and DPPA regulations. Once you have a valid and acceptable reason you can search for vehicle owner information with the full license plate number and state of registration. Some owner information might be limited depending on what state you reside in.

What Information You Can Get From a License Plate Lookup

A license plate search can reveal a lot of information. You can find vehicle information, VIN, recalls & safety concerns and limited owner information if you have a reason that complies with your state's laws and regulations.

How Do I Search a License Plate Number Online?

There are online vehicle record websites that allow you lookup license plate information with the full plate number and state of registration. You can also find vehicle information online with the vehicle's identification number or VIN.

Where can I find my license plate number if I lost my plate?

If you lost your license plate you can always find your license plate number on your vehicle registration, vehicle title or your auto insurance card.

Can I find a license plate number by running a VIN search?

Yes, since each vehicle identification number is unique, you can lookup a license plate number by running a VIN search. You must have the full 17 digit VIN to accurately find the corresponding license plate number

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  1. Xhelil Ballazhi 2513 Fox meadow dr Crest Hill IL 60403 says:

    I wanna do change of address for me Xhelil Ballazhi and my wife Kadrije Balazhi

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Xhelil, you will need to contact the DMV in your state to change your address on your vehicle registration and/or vehicle title. You can download the forms online to change your address with the DMV and mail them in with the proper documentation to prove it’s you an not someone else.

      How To Change My Address With The DMV

      1. Visit the DMV website in your state of residence
      2. Download the Change of Address form
      3. Complete the form with proof of ID
      4. Mail in the Change of Address form
      5. You will receive confirmation by mail in a few weeks

  2. Steph says:

    What if a car has not moved for over 6 months and tags are out of date like 2013.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      It’s possible that it’s an abandoned vehicle. You can reach out to the police and have that vehicle removed if it’s on your property. If it’s on the street and hasn’t been moved then you might want to report it in any case since it’s a possible abandoned vehicle.

      How to Report an Abandoned Vehicle

      If you suspect a vehicle has been abandoned you can report this to your local police to have it removed. Make sure to have a full description of the vehicle as well as the license plate number and VIN if possible. The police will then send a notification to the last registered owner of the vehicle that their vehicle has been impounded.

  3. Natalie ramey says:

    The owner of this explorer hit my vehicle today in buffalo minnesota plate number DFM037

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      First, hopefully everyone is OK. Please seek medical attention if there are any injuries from the car accident. Next, you will want to file a police report and give them the license plate number and make and model of the vehicle if you know this. Then follow up and notify your insurance company and provide them with the police report number. If the vehicle did not stop or acknowledge the accident, this is called a “hit and run” and you will follow the same process outlined above but without the other vehicle owner and insurance information.

      How Do I Report a Hit and Run Car Accident?

      First make sure everyone is OK. Then call the police as soon as everyone is safe and out of harms way. Once the police officer has arrived, give them all your information including driver’s license, registration and insurance. Then tell the officer you would like to file a Hit and Run report and give them and details of the other vehicle. Once you have a Hit and Run report number, notify your auto insurance company.

  4. Richard Wayne McKenzie says:

    I lost my trailer plate in Oklahoma on 40 on the expressway..i dont know the was a lifetime plate…

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      In order to get a duplicate license plate for your trailer you can visit the DMV website and fill out the form to replace your lost trailer license plate. You must be the registered owner and have the plate mailed to the address on your vehicle registration. There will be a nominal fee and your new trailer license plate will arrive via mail in a few weeks

      How to Get a Duplicate Trailer License Plate

      1. Visit the DMV website in your state
      2. Fill out the form for a duplicate license plate
      3. You must be the registered owner of the trailer
      4. A new plate will be sent via mail in a few weeks

  5. Danny Morgan says:

    Yes I am trying to check on a boat being registered in the state of Arkansas and it will not give me any information when I type in the vin number off the boat

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Danny, thank you for reaching out about our Free License Plate Lookup tool. Unfortunately our license plate and VIN resources only have records for vehicles on the road. We do not have any records for off-road vehicles, boats, trailers or aircraft.

      How to Run a Boat Registration Number

      1. Locate the boat registration number
      2. Call the state’s Department of Marine & Wildlife
      3. You can also contact the US Coast Guard
      4. Provide the registration number & vessel description
      5. Find out who is on the title & registration of the boat

  6. Diana Rodriguez says:

    Can I use my license plate on another car?

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      You will need to make a request with the DMV if it’s possible to use your license plate on another vehicle but it is not legal to do this before doing so. This would mean updating your vehicle registration, the title information.

      Can I Use My License Plate on Another Car?

      You cannot use your license plate on another car unless cleared by the DMV. Depending on the state you live in, it might possible to transfer a license plate number to another vehicle but this would mean updating the title and registration of your vehicle as well as your auto insurance carrier.

  7. Sixty Trump says:

    Wreakless driver

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      Reckless driving and distracted driving can be very serious when it puts other people on the road in danger. Your best option to help the situation is to contact the police or call 911 if you think this is a drunk driving situation. Please do not attempt to thwart the situation yourself as this could lead to a dangerous situation.

      Calling 911 on Reckless Drivers

      Calling 911 indicates a serious situation. If you notice a reckless driver, dangerous distracted driving or a super aggressive driver then you should call 911. Please note that calling 911 is for emergencies so if you see a reckless driver putting other people at risk then calling 911 is appropriate.

  8. Susan Petterson says:

    I have been billed for a toll that I am not responsible for. I need to find out who owns this car.

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      In this situation your best option would be to contact the agency that sent you the Toll violation and dispute this charge. This should be as easy as showing them evidence of your vehicle with the license plate number on your registration. Sometimes the toll company will also take a picture to verify who is driving. This should also be evidence that it wasn’t you. These mistakes happen from time to time and you should be able to easily sort this out with the Toll agency. See below for how to contest a Toll Violation with the bill you were sent

      How to Dispute a Toll Violation

      Disputing a toll violation can be done by filling out the “Contest of Notice” portion of the toll evasion you’re accused of. Submit an explanation of why you are contesting the toll violation. Then mail in the form and wait for it to be reviewed. This may take a few weeks to process. You can also go online to dispute your charges with the relevant state toll road agency

  9. arlene langendorfer says:

    I have the plate # but there is no State on the plate. curious how this can be as all 50 states display the state on the plate

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      It’s possible that the license plate is a specialty license plate but there should still be a state listed on the plate somewhere. If you cannot find it on the license plate then look on the tags, or registration sticker.

      Different Types Specialty License Plates

      • Collegiate
      • Legacy
      • Environmental Organizations
      • Veterans’ Organizations
      • Artistic
      • Charities
      • Conservancy
      • Firefighter Recognition
      • Police Recognition
      • Pet Lovers
      • Awareness Topics
      • Endangered Species
      • Special Interest


    Hi. I’m on the board of my condo. How do I search for the person’s name using the serial number on a handicap placard?

    1. squarryadministrator says:

      You will need to contact the DMV about any disabled person parking placard information. We do not have the ability to search placards such as you mention.

      Handicap Parking Placard Fraud

      If fraud is suspected with a handicap parking placard, you can report this to the DMV in your state via email. Reach out to your state’s DMV website and search for “reporting fraud” and fill out the form and submit it online


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