Free License Plate Number Lookup

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How to Run a License Plate Lookup

For the last several decades people have had to visit the DMV and take a number. Then wait in line and finally fill out paperwork to get license plate information. This is now an antiquated means of getting license plate number information. With the advent of the internet and online databases, license plate information can now be obtained online. With our simple form you can perform a free license plate number lookup with a license plate number or VIN number from the convenience of your laptop, tablet or smartphone. The free license plate lookup results may include the year, make and model of the vehicle, if results are found. Additional license plate, VIN and vehicle information is available in our member’s area if you decide to sign up. Some restrictions apply and not all license plate searches are guaranteed to have results.

What You Can Obtain From a License Plate Number Lookup Online

You can sometimes find limited license plate owner information, vehicle information, vehicle history report, vehicle description and other related public records. You can also find safety and recall information when you visit the NHTSA website. With online license plate resources you can save yourself the trouble of visiting the DMV and waiting in line. The only draw back to online database resources is most of them are for reference only and if you need official documentation then the DMV will still be your best option. See our Free DMV Finder and Free DMV Driver Request Forms below.

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Finding 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) and visit the website and search for safety issues or recall information related to the vehicle in question.

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How to Perform a License Plate Lookup

In order to perform a license plate lookup with our vehicle record database you must first read and agree to the terms and conditions of this search. Then you must input the entire 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 security clearances. Our license plate number lookup can be accessed by anyone with a laptop, computer, tablet or smartphone that has internet access. Remember to use the information obtained from our license plate lookup responsibly. 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. Our free license plate lookup resources will give you a lot of information that might surprise you. It’s good practice to run a license plate lookup on your vehicle to verify everything is accurate

How to Perform a VIN Lookup

To lookup a VIN ( or Vehicle Identification Number) you must agree to the terms and conditions of our VIN lookup first. Then enter 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 search to work.

Free License Plate Number LookupTag 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.

License Plate Owner Lookup

It is possible to sometimes find limited license plate owner information online, as other relevant vehicle information that can be helpful in understanding your vehicle better, or when purchasing a used vehicle from someone. Remember to use the information you obtain in our license plate lookup responsibly and it is illegal to harass or intimidate anyone with the information you find. Please use the free license plate number search responsibly.

How to Search License Plate Numbers

To search a license plate number you will need the full license plate number and the state of registration. License plates have the state listed on the plate itself. Once you have the full plate number and state you can search and lookup vehicle information, vehicle specs, possibly owner information, VIN number. You can also use the VIN number to lookup vehicle recalls and important safety information from Learning how to search license plate numbers can be an important factor when researching your own vehicle or looking up information about potential used vehicles you’re interested in purchasing.

Does My Car Have a Recall

To find out if your car has a recall you can visit the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration website. The site will allow you to lookup car recalls by VIN, not license plate number. Just enter your car’s 17 digit VIN and they will perform a free car recall search for you.

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Frequently Asked License Plate 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. I wanna do change of address for me Xhelil Ballazhi and my wife Kadrije Balazhi

    1. 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

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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

  2. 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. 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


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