Iowa License Plate Lookup

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Performing an Iowa License Plate Lookup

An Iowa license plate lookup has become a streamlined process with online public record repositories, like To run this lookup you will need the full plate number and then you can begin. The first step is reading through the conditions of running an Iowa license plate number search and the state and federal privacy laws that say what is an acceptable reason to perform this search. The next step, after acknowledging your search is legitimate, you can find out the vehicle specs, obtain a vehicle history report, find owner information and find out if the vehicle title is clean. These are all resources that anyone can access and is intended for verification uses as these are not official documents. That said, in the member’s area you can perform unlimited license plate searches nationwide. Many people use these resources when shopping for a used car which can help the buyer determine if the seller is telling the truth about the vehicle and if the vehicle title is clean or salvaged, meaning it could have been in a major accident. There are a multitude of other reasons outlined in the terms of search that you can view to determine if this resource is the right resource for you. Start by entering an Iowa license plate number in the search fields above and please remember to search responsibly.

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The History of License Plates In Iowa

Iowa license plates are more than a hundred years old now, starting back in 1904 when people were required to register their vehicles with the state. The state however, did not provide Iowa registration plates, or license plates in Iowa until 1911. Since then a lot has evolved in registration requirements where vehicles now must display license plates on both the front and the back of the vehicle and have a registration card and registration stickers. The early registration plates only had 4 digits on them, compared with the 6 you find on vehicles in Iowa today. One day there might be more numbers since there might be that many more vehicles on the road.

Iowa Vehicle Registration and Vehicle Titling Services

Vehicle owners in Iowa are required to have two license plates: one on the front and another on the rear, which should display the vehicle’s registration stickers. Vehicle owners in Iowa can apply for several different types of license plates and two most commonly used license plates in Iowa include a standard and specialty plates, of which there are a lot of. Iowa, as do many states, have a 30day period where a person can register their new or used vehicle after the purchase to obtain new license plates and documentation.

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Iowa License Plate Lookup Q&A

Can I Perform A License Plate Search By Person?

That can be difficult to do, most online public record resources allow certain states to lookup owner information by license plate but not necessarily the other way around

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  1. squarryadministrator says:

    We understand your concern but unfortunately we cannot assist you with an Iowa license plate lookup for the reasons you mentioned. If you have the license plate number and description of the vehicle you can report it to your local Iowa Police Department.

  2. Bill Weideman says:

    I had a vehicle illegally pass me on the shoulder and if I had not slammed on my brakes and went in oncoming lane would have hit me and know it was a Jeep with D25 license plate and wanting to know who was driving that for they should not be driving at all if they drive like that. I just purchased a new vehicle and was at least wanted to get home safely.

  3. squarryadministrator says:

    Craig, unfortunately we don’t have any record of this motorcycle registration in our vehicle records database. You will want to reach out to the Iowa MVD directly and inquire about getting a duplicate Iowa motorcycle registration. You will need to have your photo ID and the Iowa license plate number and pay a $3 fee to obtain a duplicate vehicle registration.

  4. Craig Coenen says:

    I am looking for a record of a motorcycle registration I had for a 1973 Norton Commando. I registered the motorcycle in Polk County Ia on or around 1986. I need a record of the registration so that I can proceed with a bonded title application. I am hoping that you can help me out with this request.

  5. squarryadministrator says:

    Thank you for reaching out about our Iowa license plate lookup. To answer your question, the VIN, or Vehicle Identification Number, is a unique 17 digit code that is used by the vehicle manufacturer that identifies the make and model and features of a vehicle. This is public information and there are a multitude of places where you can find this information. Each digit on a vehicle VIN represents one of these vehicle attributes.

  6. Sandra pearson says:

    Hòw or where to you get information on a VIN

  7. squarryadministrator says:

    You can cancel a few different ways, you can see them below. That being said I have already forwarded your request to customer support and they will cancel your account first thing on Monday.

    How to Cancel My Account?

    1. Click on the “my account” tab in your member’s area and hit the “cancel this” button
    2. Contact our customer support at 1-800-859-7375
    3. You can email customer support at
    4. Contact us through our Blog or Facebook

  8. Jeanette Weeks says:

    How do I cancel my account?

  9. squarryadministrator says:

    You will want to contact the Iowa DOT to get a Bonded Certificate of Title. If your vehicle can’t be registered because you do not posses the title or the title doesn’t exist anymore you can apply for a bond as a condition in receiving the title and registration and license plates.

    How To Get a Lost Vehicle Title in Iowa

    1. Apply for a Bonded Title Certificate through the Iowa DOT
    2. Fill out the application for a Bonded Certificate of Title
    3. Provide the bill of sale, cancelled check or written document

    Iowa DOT Office of Vehicle & Motor Carrier Services

    P.O. Box 9278, Des Moines
    Iowa 50306-9278

  10. Adrian Pushetonequa says:

    Looking for the previous owner of a Moped with plate# Iowa, Blackhawk county BY 4385(Sold at Auction)
    Unable to obtain Title from sellers at auction.

  11. squarryadministrator says:

    Hi Chris,

    Can we assist you with an Iowa license plate number lookup? or a vehicle VIN number search?

    The Search Quarry Team

  12. Chris Bridges says:

    Just curious

Author: squarryadministrator
Last Updated: 2016-11-18

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