How to Perform a Vehicle Title Search

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Why a Vehicle Title Search Is Important

Cars are a necessity for many people who commute for work or use their vehicle to take children to school, run essential errands and more. Having a vehicle also opens up a host of possibilities for social activities and general freedom of movement for everyone. Buying a new car can be costly though, and for some people, it’s either out of reach or simply not worth the extra expense. That’s when most people turn to the used car market. Performing a vehicle title search can help you learn about a vehicle to ensure that you’re making a smart buy when shopping. Use this guide to learn more about vehicle title searches and how you can perform one effectively. If you don’t get the vehicle history before you buy, you could end up spending your hard-earned money on a car that simply wasn’t worth it.

Vehicle Title SearchWhy Run a Vehicle Title Search?

Running a vehicle title search can help you learn more about the history of a vehicle beyond what the owner has told you. While many sellers are completely on the up and up, some may be unscrupulous. Others may simply not know the full history of the vehicle because they were never given all of the information.

When you perform a vehicle title search, you’ll be able to find out if the vehicle has been involved in any minor or major collisions. This can impact the value of the car as well as the potential overall performance of the vehicle you’re looking at buying.

You’ll also learn whether the owner knows the true history of the car or if they’re trying to pull the wool over your eyes and get you to buy at a price that’s not truly fair.

How to Perform a Vehicle Title Search

1. Obtain a limited history report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
2. Get a free VIN check through The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)
3. Third-party database sites that pull vehicle history data from national databases

What is Included in a Car Title Search

  • Vehicle accident history
  • Previous owners of the car
  • Recalls related to the vehicle
  • Flood damage
  • Title checks
  • History of airbag deployment
  • Basic maintenance records
  • Odometer issues
  • Records of vandalism or theft
  • Liens against the car

What to Do if There is a Lien on the Car

Checking to see if there’s a lien against a vehicle you want to buy is one of the main reasons to perform a car title search. If you do find that there’s a lien on the vehicle, you have a few options if you still want to buy it.

  • Negotiate to pay the lien off when you buy the vehicle. This can typically be done in a safe way if the buyer and seller meet to pay off the lien in person before transferring the title. Negotiate the final sale price with what you’ll need to pay to have the lien removed in mind.
  • Have the seller pay off the lien with a good faith agreement that you will buy the car after they provide proof that the vehicle is now lien-free.
  • Use an escrow service that will hold the title to ensure that both parties do their part. This can protect a buyer who agrees to pay to have the lien removed.

Government Car Title Search

Most states do not offer complete title information even on vehicles that are registered within their jurisdiction. This information is simply too difficult to track for most states, so it’s left to other organizations.

Some states do offer registration abstracts though. These contain useful information like parking tickets that may be left on the car. Title registration abstracts can provide more information about the current owner and past owners of the vehicle.

How to Perform a Vehicle Title Search Online

3rd party vehicle title searches often provide the most information in an easy-to-read, easy-to-understand package. Many third-party title services charge a small fee for records, but this is often much cheaper than buying a car that’s not worth what you paid.

Sites like SearchQuarry.com are popular options for getting a VIN check. You can also obtain records this way quickly, which can be important if you’re looking to buy a used car that’s in high demand or for sale at a price that’s enticing to you as a buyer.

Getting a car title search can help you avoid buying a car that’s not worth your money. You may need to pay for a comprehensive search, but a few dollars for well-kept records can save you thousands in the long run.


Vehicle Title - Frequently Asked Questions

What to do if I lost my vehicle title?

If you lost your vehicle title you can get a duplicate title from the DMV. Download the form to request a duplicate vehicle title and bring it into a DMV office with your driver's license. You will have to pay a nominal fee and the new vehicle title will be mailed to you in a few weeks.

Can I sell my vehicle without a title?

Yes, it is possible to sell a vehicle without a title. You will want to sign an affidavit that all the information is accurate on the vehicle you're selling and also put into writing a bill of sale for the purchaser. It's typically not best practice to sell aa vehicle without a title but it does happen and there is not always time to get a replacement vehicle title.

How to Find the Title Number on a Vehicle

Your vehicle title number is listed on the title of your vehicle as well as on your vehicle registration card. The title number is typically 8 digits and is usually located next to the other vehicle information on your registration, such as your VIN or license plate number.

Can I buy a vehicle without a title?

Yes, you can purchase a vehicle without a vehicle title. You will want to make sure you get a bill of sale and evidence that the vehicle is paid off before purchasing this vehicle or it will be difficult to obtain a duplicate title. It's best practice to contact your local DMV directly before purchasing a used vehicle without a title before you complete the transaction.

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151 responses to “How to Perform a Vehicle Title Search

  1. The DMV states our title on a car purchased 5/7/18 was sent. We haven’t received though dealer said it was sent 9/24/18. Vehicle PIN number is 2T1BPRHE2HC8333180.

    1. Thanks for reaching out about How to Perform a Vehicle Title Search. We are happy to assist you with a vehicle history report but those are not free. The other option is to contact the DMV directly and inquire about getting a duplicate title in case your title was lost in the mail or something happened to it. Below are some useful links for your convenience to further assist you in performing a vehicle title search.

      Click Here to Run a Vehicle History Report
      Click Here to Find a DMV Near You

      How to Get a Duplicate Car Title

      1. Contact your local DMV in your state
      2. Fill out a form for a duplicate car title
      3. Show a photo ID and pay the relevant fee
      4. Obtain a duplicate title by mail in a few weeks

    1. Robert, if you’re trying to find out about the status of a vehicle title then you’ll want to reach out to the relevant state DMV directly. They can offer such information, we are not affiliated with the DMV so you’ll have to do this over the phone, online or in person. Visiting them in person is typically the quickest means of getting an answer about the status of a vehicle title.

      How to Find the Status of a Vehicle Title

      Contact the DMV directly and request the status of a vehicle title. You will need to have the VIN and/or license plate number of the vehicle. The vehicle status check will show the last date the title was changed or the vehicle was sold.

        1. Randy, it’s unclear what you are looking for with this vehicle title search? Are you trying to find out if the vehicle has a lien or if it has a clean title?

    1. In order to find out the status of your vehicle title you will need to contact the DMV directly since they are the issuing state agency that controls vehicle registration and driver licensing. You will need the vehicle identification number and your driver’s license to obtain this information

      How to Find the Status of a Vehicle Title

      Contact the DMV directly and have your vehicle VIN and driver’s license available for verification and they will let you know the date of issuance. Titles that are sent via mail may take a couple weeks to be received

      1. I was almost scammed by a seller that sent me a fake Ok vehicle title and I have not been able to verify the vin that he sent me. The pictures he sent were very believable but I was uneasy about doing a bank wire transfer without knowing this was a honest car sale. I started researching and found all the red flags of a fraud. I would like to know if this vehicle belongs to someone else as did the house at the address that he gave. If he is trying to sell a car that is not his to sell, shouldn’t there be a way to notify that owner?

        1. Gotcha, it certainly sounds like there is a potential scam here. There are several Craigslist stories like the one you have shared about people getting scammed in purchasing a vehicle. Below we have included a link to common scams, including car buying scams. It is very informative.

          Most Common Craigslist Scams

          1. This was on ebay. They have investigated and informed me that the account had been used by a 3rd party. They removed the ad and since I had not sent any money, the sale was just cancelled. So this guy had gotten into someone elses account and offered a vehicle for sale. The vin doesnt come up , so guess he just got a vin off another vehicle or something. This is terrible and really hurts the auction as I will be scared to use it unless, it was close to my location.

          2. Thank you for sharing Ann. Hopefully the information you have shared will help other people avoid these types of scams. Please reach out in the future if you have any questions or concerns about vehicle records or public records, we are here to help.

    1. You can start by using our free VIN Decoder and see what information is available for your BMW first. Depending on what you’re looking for we also offer a vehicle history report for an additional fee which will give you the simple history of your vehicle, as described in our “How to Perform a Vehicle Title Search” blog post. If you have any specific questions please reach out.

  2. I have an abandoned car in mt driveway that my daughter left. She is missing and there are police reports that prove my daughter is missing. The vehicle has no plates and title missing. Please tell me what to do…

    1. Denise, there should be a VIN, or vehicle identification number, located in a few places. The dashboard, the driver side door and the engine. You can supply this to the police or the impound yard if you decide to have the vehicle towed.

      Typically what you are allowed to do if a vehicle is abandoned on your property is to have an impound yard tow the vehicle off your property. We hope this helps

  3. How do I get a title for a vehicle when the owner didn’t have one and the person he bought off of didn’t have one vehicle

    1. Typically, depending on the state you live in, if you purchase a used car without a vehicle title then you may not legally own the vehicle. You should do your best effort to obtain as much information as possible, such as a bill of sale, and you may need to fill out a DMV Affidavit for a Car TitleDMV Affidavit for a Car TitleDMV Affidavit for a Car Title when registering the vehicle with the DMV.

      How to Buy a Vehicle Without a Title

      1. Obtain a Bill of Sale of the Vehicle
      2. Fill the DMV Affidavit for Vehicle Title
      3. Fill out an Application for Duplicate Title
      4. Pay the Relevant Fee for a Duplicate Title
      5. Receive your Vehicle Title by mail

  4. I want to fine the original title and owner of my 1966 Buick Rivera GS vin 494876H951277
    I have a clean title but want to know where the car came from and who owned it originally.

    1. Find the Original Title on a Vintage Vehicle

      To find the original title of a vintage vehicle, that is at least 20 years old, you will want to have the current title with the license plate number and VIN and inquire with the DMV in your state. This is not always possible but depending on the reason for your vehicle title request, they may be able to assist you with looking up the original information based on the VIN of the vehicle

      1. I need a replacement titlle for a 1996 Cataeallac Fleetwood Brougham De’edegance. Vin1G6DW52P9TR707432. Original Owner was Harry L Schaffer

        1. Roger, in order to get a duplicate title for your Cadillac Fleetwood, you will need to contact the DMV directly. You can visit their website and download the form for a duplicate title and bring it in to your closest DMV location. There will be a nominal fee and they will mail you the new title in a few weeks

  5. I need to find out who the owner of the car was previous to the person who sold it to me. I am trying to determine if the timing belt was changed before I spend $1200 to get it done. Would a title search provide that info? I have the actual title number for that particular owner.

    1. To find this information you will want to contact the DMV directly about this. Depending on the nature of your request they might be able to assist you but it depends on the DPPA requirements of the state you live in. Because you are concerned about the safety of your vehicle and are questioning if the vehicle timing belt was changed you might also want to inquire with a mechanic and see if they can determine if any work has been done on your vehicle.

  6. NICB I. NEED HELP I Losts My TITLE’S For 1987 Volvo 740 GL Sedan I NEED DUPLICATE TITLE’S what the praise will be cost let’s me now thank YOU very much constantine popescu Albuquerque new Mexico 87107

    1. To obtain a duplicate title for you New Mexico vehicle you will want to reach out to the New Mexico MVD and make your request in person. See below for more detailed instructions.

      How to Obtain a Duplicate New Mexico Vehicle Title

      1. Visit the New Mexico MVD Office in Person
      2. Fill out Form MVD-10901 for a Duplicate Title
      3. Submit your Form to an MVD field Office
      4. Show Your Driver’s License and Pay the Fee
      5. Receive your Duplicate Vehicle Title by Mail

  7. I\’m looking to buy a vehicle from a seller with no title and no lien release although he claims the lender sent the release but he never filed it of record. How can I verify the information, identify the lender and get a certified copy of the release.

    1. It would be best practice to have the seller request a duplicate title for the vehicle before making the purchase. However, this may take several weeks before a duplicate vehicle title is received by the current owner. Another option would be to present a bill of sale for the vehicle to the DMV and request a duplicate title under your name. Before you do that you might consider going to the DMV to verify the ownership of the vehicle and if the bank still owns the vehicle or if has been paid off

    1. Gene, you will want to reach out to the DMV office where you submitted your vehicle title payment and documentation and inquire about the status of your vehicle title. It is possible that since vehicle titles are sent by mail that this could have been lost. That being said, you will need to request to get a duplicate title from your state Motor Vehicle Department. This request can typically be made online however if you visit the DMV in person it might expedite finding out the status of your vehicle title.

      My Vehicle Title Has Not Arrived

      If your vehicle has not arrived it’s time to contact your DMV office. You can call them or visit them in person, which is sometimes faster, to find out the status of your vehicle title. If the vehicle title was mailed to you and lost then a duplicate title request must be made.

  8. Hi my name is Linda L. Harris I brought a truck from someone the lived in PA.. but move to Connecticut and the move away to Florida. The person that owned the vehicle lives in PA. The title is still in the Ladies name . I signed the tittle and received a temp plate in Connecticut because I needed the truck to pass an emissions test and it did. Some how when I went back to The Motor Vehicle Department I lost my paperwork and titles to truck. The department has copies of the paper work but the title needs to be the original title . What do I need to do to get. The title back. The truck is temporarily registered in my name ?

    1. Linda, since you are looking to get a duplicate vehicle title for this truck you purchased in Pennsylvania, you will want to reach out to the Pennsylvania DMV directly about this and explain the situation. It’s possible you might need to get a duplicate title issued first but since you’re now a resident of another state it’s uncertain what this process will be. You can visit the PA DMV website or contact the PA DMV directly @ 800-932-4600

      How to Get a Duplicate Vehicle Title From Another State

      1. Download and complete the duplicate title form from your DMV
      2. Present the duplicate vehicle title form to the DMV
      3. Provide proof of ID and pay the duplicate title fee
      4. Receive the duplicate vehicle title via mail

    1. Judith, thanks for reaching out about our, ” How to Perform a Vehicle Title Search ,” blog. Unfortunately since this is a trailer and not a car, truck, suv or motorcycle we don’t have any records to assist you. Your best option in finding out who’s name is on the trailer is to contact your local DMV. They can assist you with looking up who is on the title of your trailer.

      How to Find Out Who Owns a Trailer

      1. Visit the DMV office in person
      2. Request to perform a trailer title search
      3. Fill out the required request form
      4. Show proper identification
      5. Find out who owns a trailer

  9. I sold a car Nissan 300ZX title has not been changed over and I\’m trying to find out if they\’ve been another title pulled for this car if so is the legally been done because I was still owed money on the vehicle

    1. Shannon, in order to check the current vehicle title status on the car you’ve sold, you will want to contact your local DMV. They will be able to tell you what the current vehicle title status is and if it’s been changed or if the vehicle title is still under your name. Another thing to consider is if you have filed the release of liability on the vehicle you’ve sold. That way you alleviate any personal responsibility if there is a situation with the Nissan 300ZX where you might be liable if the title has not been changed yet. In any case, it’s best practice to contact the DMV directly about vehicle title discrepancies.

      How to Check the Status of a Vehicle Title

      To check the status of a vehicle title you should contact the DMV directly. They will be able to tell you if there is a discrepancy or an issue with the title status of a vehicle. A title transfer can cause discrepancies if the change of ownership was not properly filed or potentially lost in the mail. It’s best practice to discuss this matter directly with the DMV to avoid any confusion.

  10. This is a title on a 1972 Triumph Tiger 650 that I bot in 1994. It did not run so I tore it down and completely redid the whole bike. I now have it sold and am having trouble with the old California title.. I live in Omaha, NE and finished the bike in Chicago where my son lives. It is now sold to an individual in Oklahoma. Help

    1. If you are having issues with transferring the title of your Triumph motorcycle that was originally registered in California then you will want to reach out to the California DMV directly and inquire what discrepancies need to be fixed. Unfortunately we cannot assist you directly with your vehicle title request because we are not directly affiliated with the California DMV. Their phone number is 800-777-0133

  11. im filing for a new title from mississippi where the truck was registered i have since moved to florida and do not have the title , the document i was given to fill out to get a new title is asking me for the title number (which i do not have and can not seem to find) should i just leave that part blank? how do i get this information ?

    1. Your vehicle title number can also be found on your vehicle registration card. This will be an 8 digit number located next to the VIN on your registration. If you cannot find the title number or if it’s not on your registration card, and you have the VIN and license plate number you might be fine. If you do not have a vehicle title number then you can leave it blank, or you can try and contact the DMV via phone to inquire what is best practice. The phone number for the Mississippi DMV is 601-582-3814

  12. In order to obtain a copy of your original vehicle title you will need to reach out to the DMV. You can visit your state’s DMV website and download the form to get a duplicate copy of your title, fill it out and bring it into a DMV office. A duplicate title will then be mailed to you in a few weeks.

    1. A passport is a certified government ID so you should be able to use that to request a duplicate vehicle title from the DMV.

      How Can I Correct a Misspelling on My Vehicle Title?

      Submit your vehicle title with the correct name written about the misspelling. Also submit a Statement of Facts form describing why you need to make this change. You can submit these documents in person to the DMV or mail them in. Processing by mail may take several weeks to get your corrected vehicle title.

    1. Delia, are you looking to get a duplicate vehicle title or are you waiting for the DMV to send you a vehicle title?

      Checkout our Free DMV Finder and give your local DMV a call to followup on the status of your vehicle title or registration

  13. I bought a 60 year old car that had been abandoned on someone,s property. In Texas, I bought the car from the owner of the property what do I need to do to get a Texas Title in my name? The car isn\’t stolen doesn\’t run.

  14. I bought a 60 year old car that had been abandoned on someone,s property. In Texas, I bought the car from the owner of the property what do I need to do to get a Texas Title in my name? The car isn\’t stolen doesn\’t run. The VIN VC57S14658

    1. Rex, in order to change the vehicle title and registration on that abandoned vehicle you will want to contact the Texas DPS directly and request to have the vehicle title transferred into your name. Since you don’t have the title or know the owner of the vehicle you will need to discuss your options with the Texas DPS. You might have to sign an affidavit to confirm that the vehicle was found abandoned and you couldn’t reach or contact the previous owner.

      How To Change The Title on an Abandoned Vehicle

      Visit your DMV and request a title search on the abandoned vehicle. You can then try and contact the owner of the vehicle. If you cannot contact the owner and discover there are no liens or claims on the title you can request to have the title signed over to you. You might be required to sign an affidavit that the vehicle was abandoned and you did your best effort to contact the owner. Then you can have the DMV transfer the title over to your name for a nominal fee.

  15. Hello, I want to obtain a Title to a 1972 Honda Motorcycle that has never had a Title. How do I do this, kind regards, Bruce

    1. Does the motorcycle have a VIN? If not then it might not be possible to obtain a title for this motorcycle. In any case this is a question best answered by the DMV directly. They will be able to direct you in the process of obtaining a title for a motorcycle that has never had a title, as long as it has a vehicle identification number attached to it.

  16. My original bill of sales and title were lost for a car I bought, it’s a 1972 which makes it a classic (VIN is not coming up) I have since lost contact with owner, the car was from GA, and I live in LA what can I do to get a legal title and registration

    1. You will want to reach out to your the Louisiana DMV directly and inquire how to transfer a title from a vehicle that you purchased from another state. You may need to get the previous owner’s information from the Louisiana DMV and request to have a duplicate title sent out but if that is not possible then the DMV might have you sign an affidavit that you purchased this vehicle legitimately and lost the title that was to be transferred. You should also bring in any other documentation on the vehicle including the bill of sale.

    1. Albert, to get a copy of your motorcycle title you will want to reach out to the DMV in your state and make a request for a new title. You can download the duplicate title form and either mail it in or hand it in person. If you decide to mail it in the DMV will sometimes only send the title to the address on the title and/or registration.

      How To Get a Duplicate Motorcycle Title

      1. Visit your state DMV website
      2. Download the form for a duplicate motorcycle title
      3. Fill out the form and mail it or hand it in person
      4. Show proof of identification & pay the required fee
      5. Processing by mail may take a few weeks

  17. Hi, I am in the UK and the owner or a 1960 VW Beetle Convertible that was purchased in 2011 from Mrs. Lorraine P Fisher who lived at the time at 6740 W Home Avenue, Worth, Illinois 60482-2308 I have a copy of the Certificate of Title from the moment of sale. I am completing a full restoration of the car but would like to know more about its history as I will keep it for a long time. I understand that Lorraine’s father Julius E Fischer was the second owner and bought it from his friend and colleague in the early 1970s who had owned it from new. They both worked on the railroads and played golf at Purdue University.

    The car was originally delivered to Import Motors Inc based in Grand Rapids in April 1960. The Vehicle Identification number is 3009165 and the title number at the time of sale in 2011 (11/23/11) was X1327760036

    If you have an archive department I would love to know more about my car and its history and would be happy to share photographs of it as found in 2011 and now. Any help would be greatly appreciated, Thank you. Chris Grocott

    1. Chris, thank you for your inquiry about your classic VW Beetle. Unfortunately this is a vintage vehicle that we do not have in our vehicle record database. Our VIN and vehicle records can only lookup more modern vehicle with 17 digit VINs. It can be difficult to find the entire vehicle history of a classic vehicle. You might consider reaching out to the DMV in Grand Rapids to inquire about more details about your classic VW car.

  18. I have a title that has 3 owners on it including a lien the vin number matches the vehicle but dmv wouldn’t let me register the car because they was wondering when and where was the time the car was sold too. If I don’t know but have the title what can I do to register the vehicle or I can’t?

    1. You will need to register the vehicle through the DMV. If you have a bill of sale to go with the vehicle title that would be great. If you don’t have any documentation from the previous owner from when you purchased the vehicle you can sometimes sign an affidavit to verify that you purchased the vehicle legitimately and tried to contact the previous owner without success.

    1. Margarette, have you received your new title yet? If not you should contact the DMV directly about this. Typically, the DMV can take several weeks to mail out your new vehicle title if you made a request recently.

    1. Finding out if a vehicle title has been transferred out of your name is easy, you can contact your local DMV, in person if possible, and request to find out if the vehicle you sold has been transferred to the new owner.

      How Do I Find Out If a Vehicle Title Has Been Transferred Out Of My Name?

      Visit your local DMV in person, or over the phone, and request to find out if your name has been removed from the title and released of liability. You will need to have the VIN or license plate of your old vehicle as well as your driver’s license to make this request.

    1. Obtain a Duplicate Vehicle Title By Mail

      To obtain a new title for your vehicle you will need to contact the DMV in your state and make this request. You can download the form for a Duplicate Title Request and submit it via mail or you can visit a DMV branch in person to expedite this process. Typically once the DMV has all the information needed to issue you a duplicate vehicle title, it will take a few weeks for this to be mailed to you by mail.

  19. I had purchase a car in February of 2019 and still haven’t got a title to the car.. I bought it from a individual.. how can I get a title to the car?

    1. Shimera, you might want to reach out to the DMV directly to inquire about the transfer of the vehicle title to your name. There might have been an issue or possibly the title could have been lost in the mail. In either case the DMV will be able to tell you what you need to do which might be as simple as filling out a form for a duplicate vehicle title.

  20. can u help me i have moved to canada and lost my title i must have to register my car my vin is 5J6RE3H76AL025510-BE2508. what can i do

    1. Carol, in this situation you can get a duplicate vehicle title by reaching out to the DMV in the state your car was previously registered in the United States. Most state DMV offices have the ability to download the Duplicate Title Request form and mail it in. Once the DMV has processed your request it may take a few weeks for them to mail you a copy of your title by mail to Canada.

    1. Thanks for reaching out Abbye. We are happy to assist you with a vehicle title inquiry. Was there a specific question about the rebuilt or salvaged vehicle title you would like to know more about?

      What Is A Rebuilt Vehicle Title?

      A rebuilt vehicle title usually means the vehicle was once salvaged. This means the vehicle probably had major repairs from some kind of accident where the auto insurance company totaled the vehicle and someone purchased the vehicle to rebuild. This will typically take away from the value of the vehicle and what it can be sold for.

    1. Jason, you might want to reach out to your local DMV to inquire about who the vehicle is owned by first. They will tell you if your Grandpa sold the jeep to someone or if it’s still in his name.

  21. I am a property manager at a senior development. One of my residents passed 3 or 4 years ago, her daughter left the car and everything at my property. I wish to take ownership of the car, how do I get the title so I can sell it? Thank you

    1. You will need to contact the owner of the vehicle, if that is the daughter now, through your local DMV. You can tell the DMV you are trying to take ownership of the abandoned vehicle and would like to track down the previous owner. The sheriff department will also be notified about the abandoned vehicle. If there is no response and you are unable to contact the previous owner then you can proceed with getting the vehicle title transferred into your name. Depending on the state you live in, this may include you going to court to claim the abandoned vehicle. The first step is to make your inquiry through the DMV

      How to Get a Title From an Abandoned Car

      1. Find out the laws in your state for abandoned vehicles
      2. Contact the DMV and report an abandoned vehicle you’d like to claim
      3. Provide the DMV with the full VIN and license plate of the vehicle
      4. The DMV will attempt to contact the previous owner & notify the sheriff department
      5. If no response then you can proceed with obtaining the title of the abandoned vehicle

  22. My son bought a car from a car lot and the person who sold the car won\’t answer phone won\’t respond to text messages don\’t know if their a lein on Don\’t know if he even has one DMV says keep going to dealerships what do we do

    1. Ann, the best option is for your son to visit the DMV in person and provide them with all the necessary paper work to get the title transferred over to your son. If there is a lien holder on the vehicle then that transaction would become fraud and you can hire a lawyer to go after the dealership directly. Your son should have received a bill of sale at least, so make sure that he brings in all the transnational information to the DMV with him. If everything is legitimate then your son will be able to get a copy of the vehicle title mailed to him.

  23. how do I find title to a car bought at auction I have vin and registrant numbers, even an active PA tag number and a policy with GEICO that expires on 1/31/2020 Where do I search

    1. To obtain a copy of the Pennsylvania vehicle you purchased at auction you can contact the Pennsylvania DMV directly. You can visit a DMV office in person or use their online services to obtain a duplicate title by mail. If you download form MV-380 and complete this form, provide the bill of sale and your driver’s license, you can mail this into the PA DMV address listed on the form. It will generally take a few weeks to process and get a duplicate vehicle title by mail.

  24. If a vehicle was abandoned on your property or business location,can you obtain a proper vehicle title to take ownership?

    1. Evan, you will need to go through the proper channels, depending on the state you live in, to obtain a vehicle title of an abandoned vehicle. Typically you will need to report this vehicle as being abandoned to the police and they will attempt to reach out to the registered owner. Then you will want to visit your local DMV to inquire what you need to do if the vehicle was abandoned and the police could not contact the previous owner. If the previous owner is accessible then you can file a lien against them for having their vehicle parked on your property. It can be a tedious process so it’s best practice to inquire with the police and DMV directly about this process. The other option is to have the police tow and impound the vehicle at the owner’s expense.

    1. Thanks for your inquiry Grant. Unfortunately most online vehicle title lookup resources can only lookup newer VIN numbers with 17 digits. A good option for you is to visit the DMV and request a vehicle title search for this older vehicle.

  25. NJ Motor Vehicle wants proof the car is paid off. Car has been paid off for more than 10 years. Is our only recourse to go backwards to whom we think financed our car?

    1. Thomas, if you have possession of the vehicle title and it’s under your name, that is evidence. If you don’t have the title or have lost the title then you will want to contact the NJ Motor Vehicle Commission directly and request to have a duplicate vehicle title mailed to you. You must fill out the appropriate NJ duplicate vehicle title request form, you will need to pay a nominal fee and show proof of your NJ driver’s license.

  26. Hello I am trying to obtain an original title for a ww11 vehicle so it can be transferred from the USA into Canada I currently have a duplicate copy of the original but im told it is not sufficient I will need the original which from my understanding back in 1963 was never issued the trucks were given to fire departments boys clubs etc any help in this matter would be very much appreciated thank you very much Troy Taylor

    1. That is quite a conundrum Troy. Typically duplicate copies of vehicle titles are completely acceptable, especially if the original title is not available or lost. Unfortunately there is not much advise we can offer since we don’t have any experience with vehicles that were used during World War 2 era.

  27. I just bought a house and we finally got the garage open there was a car with Mississippi plates.we did all research and looking at it it’s been there for awhile.the research I came up with says that the car didn’t have a lien on it it was charged off how do you obtain a title

    1. You will want to either get the previous owner to sign the title over to you, or if that is not possible then you can report this as an abandoned vehicle on your property to the Mississippi DOR and file a police report. They will then attempt to reach the registered owner of the vehicle. If there is no correspondence made then you can either have the vehicle towed or you can make a request to obtain the title on the vehicle through the Mississippi DOR directly.

  28. I cannot get the title from the car that I bought from the dealer back in November, I’ve gotten 3= 30 day tags. The dealer is giving me the run around. I call him every week, he always says next week Ill have the title… What should I do?

    1. Kevin, if you’ve paid for the vehicle in full and the title transfer has already been initiated then you should be able to go to the DMV directly and make a request for a duplicate title. If this is not the case and if you feel like the dealer is being dishonest with you, then it might be time to consult with a attorney to find out what your rights are and what you can do to force the issue.

    1. Andrew, you can obtain a duplicate Virginia vehicle title by contacting the Virginia DMV and making this request. You can do this online, in person or by mail. See below for additional details on how to get a duplicate vehicle title.

      How to Get a Duplicate Virginia Vehicle Title

      Visit the Virginia DMV website and setup an account using your Virginia driver’s license and DOB. Then login and fill out the form VSA66 for a duplicate vehicle title and submit it online or in person. You will need to pay a nominal fee and a new vehicle title will be mailed to you in a couple weeks.

  29. I am trying to verify Wesconsin title in order to buy this car a cobra replica the title number is 13318h7001 the vin number is ffr1684
    the product number is 63275133182 owned by christen micheal p 54 weatherstone dr Appleton wi 549146529
    can you help me

    1. William, unfortunately we can only run VIN numbers that are 17 digits, or from newer vehicles. This sounds like a vintage vehicle so you will want to check with your local DMV about verifying this used car you’re looking into.

    1. Jessica, you will want to reach out to your local DMV directly to inquire about the status of your vehicle title since they are the issuing state agency.

  30. I have. Car that was left on my yard. Befor I moved in my place. Can I get a savage title for the car since it’s been here for over a period of 3 years

    1. Kenya, it is possible to claim an abandoned vehicle on your property but you must go through the proper channels first. You will want to file this abandoned vehicle with your local police department. They will then attempt to contact the owner. If there is not response then you can make a request to the DMV directly to have the abandoned vehicle title transferred to you. If someone does respond to the police about their abandoned vehicle you can request that they pay you rent for storing their vehicle on your property or you can file a lien against their vehicle. A third option is to have the vehicle towed from your property, which will only cost the registered owner of the vehicle.

    1. Since Puerto Rico is a United States territory you can transfer a vehicle from Connecticut to Puerto Rico as long as you make sure you have all the required documents listed below. You will just want to confirm all the information with the Puerto Rico DMV before transferring the vehicle title and registration from Connecticut to Puerto Rico.

      Requirements To Transfer a Vehicle To Puerto Rico

      1. Have a valid Puerto Rico driver’s license
      2. Possess the vehicle title to transfer
      3. Have a valid passport and any import documents
      4. Show evidence of paying the excise tax payment
      5. Social security information and proof of residency

    1. Stephanie, if you want to know about your title being transferred you will want to contact the DMV directly to make this inquiry. It can take up to several weeks for the DMV to process and send out a new title depending on what state you live in.

  31. Im Stationed in Korea and brought a us spec car from a Korean Dealer and want to ship it to the states but I need the title. I have the Bill of Sale and registration but I want to take it back with me.

    1. William, in order to obtain a title for your foreign car so that you can bring it into the United States and register it here, you will want to contact the DMV in the state you are planning on moving to. They will have a form you can fill out for an Application for Title or Registration ( i.e. REG 343 in California ). There is also a list of other documents for your vehicle that you may need that we have listed below for you.

      How to Register a Vehicle Imported From Another Country

      1. Complete an Application for Title or Registration form
      2. Proof of ownership or bill of sale
      3. Verification of Vehicle form.
      4. Lien holder release form, if applicable
      5. Vehicle Transfer form
      6. Statement of Facts form
      7. A smog and weight certificate
      8. Evidence that the vehicle has cleared customs

    1. Martha, in order to obtain a duplicate title for your vehicle you will need to contact the DMV in your state. You can download the forms online and mail them in with proof of identification. There will be a nominal fee for a copy of your vehicle title and it will be mailed to the address where the vehicle is registered. If you can let us know what state you live in, we are happy to direct you to the correct pages on the DMV website to download the duplicate title form.

  32. Vin number 10867S102913 Trying to find the history of this vehicle. 1961 chev cv
    Texas owner was Larry W Spradley and the title was surrendered to TN 02/01/1993
    Can you help me locate this car.
    Thank you

    1. David, unfortunately our VIN lookup tool needs a 17 digit VIN and the one you provided has 12 digits, which is typical of classic cars. You might consider contacting the DMV directly about this inquiry as most online vehicle record resources are geared to more modern vehicles.

  33. If the title of the car has a business name and the guy that is selling it to me is not is not the same as the one on title, should I trust it?

    1. It’s prudent to be skeptical when purchasing a used vehicle, especially if the title owner information does not match. There are a couple of options for you, the first is to contact the DMV directly about the title discrepancy. Another good option to make sure the vehicle has not been reported stolen is to use the free government resource NICB.org which is the National Insurance Crime Bureau website where you can run a VIN lookup.

      How To Determine If A Vehicle Was Stolen

      You can quickly search to find out if a vehicle is stolen by entering the VIN number into the National Insurance Crime Bureau webiste, NICB.org. This is a free VIN search service to assist you with out if a vehicle has been stolen and any reported accidents

  34. The car I have no longer runs, the people I bought it from I can’t find I want to get rid of it how do I get a title.

    1. Sharon, you will need to reach out to the DMV in your state and request a duplicate title for your vehicle. You can do this online, most of the time, where you download a form for a duplicate vehicle title and mail it in. Processing may take several weeks, especially with the shut down of many DMV facilities at this time.

  35. I have a 1969 Dodge Dart GTS. I want to register it in LFA. It is currently registered in NY.
    I do not believe that titles exist for this year. Can you verify that for me?

    1. Charles, we are uncertain about that information. Most all vehicles, unless it’s a kit car or built from scratch, have vehicle titles that are registered with the DMV. You will want to contact the NY DMV directly about this inquiry about vehicles that may not have titles associated with them.

  36. I bought a truck and when I went to DMV I realized that I didn\’t have The title. I can\’t remember the guys name on the title only the city. We met in middle at a Walmart between us. How do I get the guys name that is on the title so I can get hold of him

    1. Duane, you’ll want to discuss this with the DMV and see if they can provide you with a new title. They typically will not reveal any personal information about another person’s title or registration. If you have the bill of sale you might be able to obtain a new title for the used vehicle you’re purchasing. Another option it to run a Vehicle History Report on the vehicle to see what information you can find out on your own.

    1. Peter, the short answer is yes but proceed with caution. It’s best practice to run a VIN check on any used vehicle you’re purchasing, especially one without a title. You can use the government website SafeCar.gov to find out the vehicle history, previous owners and if the vehicle has been salvaged or stolen. Once you have cleared all these questions you will want to make sure you get all the owner’s information, a bill of sale and any additional information he can provide you with.

    1. If this vehicle is already registered to you then it’s also probably titled to you unless there was a loan or lien on the vehicle. You can visit the DMV website of the state you live in and download the form for a duplicate title and mail it in. This is the best option since DMV offices are closed in most states from Covid 19.

  37. I purchased a vintage 1965 ford falcon from a person in California and he told me that he had a clear title for the car and that he would leave the title in the glove compartment of the car. I bought the car and had it transported to New Jersey. when the car arrived I checked for the title but was not there. I got in contact with the person and told him there was no title. He said that he purchased the car form another owner and that owner lost the title. I paid $2500. dollars for the car and $1800, dollars to have it shipped to New Jersey. I would like to know if there is some way that I can get a title for this vehicle.

    1. Hiram, it is possible to obtain a vehicle title with just a bill of sale. It’s not entirely uncommon for people to lose their vehicle title and sell their vehicles. Since the NJ MVC is currently closed from Covid 19, you can call the New Jersey MVC directly @ 609-292-6500 ext. 5074 to answer any questions

  38. Unable to get my title from California after 4 yrs they remove it from computer vin numberjm1nb35331021626 2oo1 miatas convertible license plate number dlw60781 eva hamlin

    1. Eva, it’s unclear why you have been unable to obtain your California vehicle title from the CA DMV. Perhaps there is still a lien listed on the vehicle, but that is only speculation. You will want to contact the California DMV directly about obtaining a copy of your vehicle title.

  39. I have this 1967 GTO convertible I purchased in 2005 to restore . Hasn’t been driven but is now restored and road ready . I’m planing to sell but some states require a title but I only have a bill of sale .
    Can you help .

    1. David, it’s not uncommon to get a vehicle title with just a bill of sale. You will want to contact the DMV in your state to inquire about what is necessary to title your vehicle with just a bill of sale. You may need to sign an affidavit as well as produce your ID and the bill of sale.

  40. I took my title to the dmv in Salt Lake to have another name added to it in Jan and have not received it back can you help me find it

    1. John, you will want to follow up with the DMV directly about this. It’s a possibility it could have been lost in the mail or possibly sent to another address. Typically the DMV will only re-issue a title and send it to the address on the vehicle title itself. In any case, reach out to the DMV directly and inquire what the delay is in receiving your vehicle title.

  41. I bought the car from my friend and its signed by a notary public with my signature.but my name isnt printed on it.

    1. Bryon, if you have the bill of sale as well as the vehicle title that is signed over to you then you should be good, depending on the DMV requirements in your state. You should contact the DMV directly in your state to inquire if there is anything else they require to register the vehicle in your name

    1. Daniel, if you just need to order a duplicate vehicle title, for your Cadillac in Michigan, you can visit the Michigan Secretary of State website, or visit an SOS branch in person. The cost of a duplicate title is $15 but if you visit a Michigan SOS branch, you can pay a little extra for same day service.

  42. Manufactured home was wrecked during transport. Hit guardrail bridge on dry side. It was not disclosed (we bought through foreclosure and are now told that the bank/broker/realtor did not have to disclose).

    How do we get an accurate history of the home? It is set as real property (was put on land the dealer owned).
    Serial #: IDFL404A26115-CY13 and IDFL404B26115-CY13 Label #: IDA212218 and IDA212219

    Fleetwood told me (when I called to locate red VIN tags, that they had refused to attach red tags due to its totaled condition). The report was sent to me.
    We had no information of the wreck, let alone any repairs being done or being done certified. The things we are finding are bringing more questions than answers.

    Loan was through my husband’s veteran benefits.

    Thank you.

    1. Rose, unfortunately we do not have any resources on mobile homes or manufactured homes and what to do if they’re damaged in transit. It sounds like you should consult with legal counsel about this situation or possibly contact your veteran home lender or homeowner insurance company to file a claim. There is most likely a precedence for your situation that can be found but unfortunately this is a situation we are not familiar with and cannot weigh in with any advice. Best of luck to you

  43. How do I get my car that I bought from a repossessed agency if the affidavit of repossession has been lost?

    1. Tony, can you elaborate where your car is? Are you in possession on your car but are looking to change the name of the vehicle title into your name? -or- are you looking to obtain a duplicate vehicle title? Another option is you might want to reach out to the repossession company and see if they have a copy of the affidavit of repossession, or possible produce another one for you.

      How to Get a Repossessed Vehicle Title

      1. Apply for a vehicle title through your DMV
      2. Supply your driver’s license and bill of sale
      3. Provide an affidavit of repossession
      4. Pay the vehicle title fee
      5. You new vehicle title will be mailed to you

    1. Rolland, you can obtain a duplicate title by visiting the DMV website in your state. You can download the form to obtain a duplicate truck title and mail it in. Typically, the DMV will only mail your duplicate vehicle title to the address listed on the vehicle title itself. You may want to call or visit a DMV branch to verify this.

  44. purchased a 2018 Toyota Corolla XSE vin number 2T1BURHE9JC003116. Did a search on searchquarry.com and no information was available?

    1. Jacintha, thank you for the feedback, we ran the same VIN and was able to find information on it. Were you attempting to run a vehicle history report or just a VIN search?

  45. Sir/madam I have given a vin.# 466679×113227 Ref: 1969 Buick convertable to your site for clarification, and unfortunately your site only recognizes a 17 didget vin. # . Can a representative from your site clarify the legitimacy of this year and vin.# thank you .

    1. Steve, you are correct. Our system, as a lot of online vehicle record resources, only accept VIN numbers with 17 digits. Since your car is a 1969 we don’t have any specific information about that vehicle. You might try the free government resource SafeCar.gov and try and see if their VIN search can produce results for you. As a last option, you can also contact the DMV and inquire about the Buick and it’s legitimacy

    1. The vehicle title number will not be accessible through our vehicle record resources. You will want to reach out to the DMV directly to make your inquiry. The DMV website in your state will allow you to download the forms to obtain a duplicate vehicle title and have it mailed to you. They will typically only mail you a duplicate title to the address listed on the vehicle title and registration and you don’t need to know the title number. You will need to provide proof of identification, such as your driver’s license

  46. I need to request titles for two vehicles. Is it possible to make the request via this site? If so, what is needed? Can this process be expedited?

    1. Anthony, in order to apply for a vehicle title transfer or a duplicate vehicle title you will want to reach out to the DMV directly. We can verify certain vehicle information for you but in order to receive a state certified vehicle title you can only obtain this through the DMV directly. That being said, every state manages it’s own Motor Vehicle Department and you can make your request online. Go to your state’s DMV website, download the appropriate vehicle title forms, fill them out and mail them in. You can also make an appointment with the DMV in person, as long as they’re not closed for Covid19. Please reach out if we can be of further assistance

    1. Todd, first you will need to report the vehicle as being abandoned with your local police. They will attempt to reach the owner and if they cannot reach the owner then you can proceed with obtaining a title for the abandoned vehicle. You will want to confirm the process with the DMV in the state you live in.

Author: SQAdmin
Last Updated: February 19, 2020

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