License Plate Owner

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How To Run a License Plate Owner Lookup

License plate owner information is typically limited when performing license plate owner lookup, vehicle owner privacy is a major concern. The federal driver protection privacy act (DPPA) puts certain restrictions on what is allowable to search by the general public. Additionally, each state might also have additional privacy rules and regulations on what owner information is available with a license plate search. Vehicle owner information may be available to you if you are an allowed entity, and have a valid reason, according to the DPPA. The first step to running this search is verifying you are allowed to do so. Then after you’ve verified your reason for running a license plate owner search is acceptable, you can enter the full plate number into the search field to begin.  Once your results have populated it’s important to review the make and model of the vehicle to make sure they match, one wrong character can bring up a completely different vehicle. After you’ve confirmed that you found the correct vehicle, make sure to only use the vehicle information you obtain as intended and what is allowed by the the DPPA.

Even though license plate owner information is limited, you can still find an abundance of vehicle information online. With a license plate lookup you can find the make and model of your vehicle, manufacturing data, interior and exterior options, engine type, vehicle title information, recall and safety information, vehicle history reports and much more. You can also access the VIN, from the license plate number, and decode all of the 17 digits of the VIN number and get to know any vehicle inside and out.

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Find Vehicle Owner Information By VIN

Since the license plate number and vehicle identification number are both unique to a single vehicle, it’s possible to also find vehicle owner information with a VIN check. You may need to find the license plate number by the VIN and perform your search that way as well but either way, as long as you’re in compliance with the DPPA and your states privacy law, you can lookup a multitude of information relevant to the vehicle you want to do research on. In order to run a VIN owner search, you will need the full 17 digit VIN to begin. Older vehicle that have fewer than 17 digits might not be listed in the modern digital databases.

Privacy Concerns Regarding a License Plate Owner Lookup

A license plate owner lookup refers to accessing and retrieving personal information about the registered owner of a vehicle based on its license plate number. While this service is only available for legitimate purposes, such as law enforcement, auto insurance investigations, and various legitimate business inquiries, it also raises significant privacy concerns. Here are some of the top concerns that surround a license plate number owner lookup: 

  • Personal Information Exposure: License plate owner lookups can give people access to sensitive personal information, including the owner’s name, address, and sometimes additional contact details. This data can be misused for various harmful and illegal activities, such as identity theft, stalking, or harassment. 
  • Surveillance and Tracking: The ability to track and monitor the movements of individuals through their vehicle’s license plates raises a lot of concerns about privacy through surveillance. Automatic License Plate Readers (ALPRs) are a prime target for this concern. The mass monitoring of vehicles has led to concerns of both private companies and government agencies infringing on people’s right to privacy. 
  • Data Aggregation and Profiling: License plate data, when collected over time, can be aggregated to create detailed information profiles of individuals and their activities, interests, and behaviors. This can potentially be used by both private companies and government agencies to market, manipulate, or even discriminate against certain individuals or groups based on their travel patterns and driving behaviors. 
  • Third-party Access: In some cases, license plate owner search services might be offered by third-party companies that may not have strict data protection practices or do not adhere to the DPPA laws. This raises concerns about the security and potential misuse of the data they collect, share, or sell. 
  • Law Enforcement Abuse: While license plate owner look ups can be a valuable tool for law enforcement to track down suspects or stolen vehicles, there is the risk of misuse or abuse of this information. Unauthorized access or use of the data by law enforcement officials can result in violations of an individual’s privacy rights. Most law enforcement vehicles are equipped with ALPRs which are at the heart of a lot of the concerns with their usage and how they track you. 
  • Data Breaches: As with any digital database, there is always the risk of data breaches. If license plate data is not adequately protected, it could be exposed to hackers, leading to further privacy violations and potential harm to the vehicle owners. 

License Plate Owner Search By State

To run a license plate owner search in other states, see the full list of the 50 states you can access. It’s important to note that each state has a different set of regulations for access to vehicle related information. Make sure to read and go through this and use the information you receive accordingly. If you have any questions, you can reach out to us via chat, email or phone.


License Plate Owner Lookup

License Plate Owner FAQ

Can I find the owner of a car with a license plate number?

Yes, it is possible to find out the owner of a license plate number. You can perform this search in accordance with the federal DPPA and state privacy laws. There are limitations on what information is available to the general public. Only certain allowed entities my access license plate owner information for specific reasons.

Is it possible to find the owner of a car by VIN?

Yes, it's quite possible as long as you have the full 17 digit VIN number. You can sometimes find vehicle owner information directly from the vehicle identification number but on occasion if it's not listed, you can reference the license plate number from the VIN search and then run a license plate owner search

Is there a free license plate owner search?

While there are some free vehicle record resources, there are not any completely free license plate owner searches that give detailed vehicle owner data. Additionally, you must comply with the DPPA and make sure that your search is compliant with federal and state privacy laws.

Is it legal to lookup a license plate owner?

It depends, if your search is compliant with the Driver Privacy Protection Act and the state privacy laws that you are searching in then it is legal. Many license plate searches have strict limitations on what is available to the general public. It's important to read through those rules and regulations before attempting to access any personal information. There are only certain allowed reasons and entities that can access license plate vehicle owner information.

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  1. says:

    I am trying to locate my 2010 Kia Forte that was abandonded in Pulaski County Arkansas. Can you please help me with this matter due to the fact that my family is now without transportation and unable to obtain jobs, etc….

  2. says:

    My husband bought a van a few months back. We went to register the van with DMV, but they need the prior owners name and address. I’ve been on a few sites but they all charge and I don’t want to just give money if I don’t get the info I need. Can’t DMV help locate the prior owner? Fresno, Ca

  3. says:

    Michael, you should contact the police and file a report and let them know exactly what you commented on in our License Plate Owner blog. They can follow up with the vehicle owner and give you a report that you can hand to your insurance company. This is the safest and “Best-Practice” procedure in this type of accident situation.

  4. says:

    On Jan. 3, 2024, at 8:35 am, I was stopped at a STOP sign. As I was about to make a right turn, I was hit from behind by a driver who was on his cell phone. We both exited our vehicles. While he apologized profusely, I checked to see if there was any damage to my car. There were no apparent signs. We exchanged information in name and telephone numbers, only. Obviously, it was a mistake. I took my car to be checked and decided to call this guy. I found out that he had given a fake name and number. I did take a picture of his license plate. It is PEM-988. Can you assist me in finding out who the car is registered to?
    Thank you for your anticipated help.

  5. says:

    Trying to find the owner of a motorcycle that did a hit and run on my new pickup

  6. says:

    I am looking to buy a car but want to make sure everything is on the up an up with the ownership of this car belongs to them if it salvaged or clean title 9BOS554 toyota is the plate number

  7. says:

    Each car only has one license plate assigned to it, so the answer is no, the car dealer can not assign your license plate number to a different vehicle

  8. says:

    Can Car dealer assign my temporary license plate to another new customer?

  9. says:

    That sounds like a very suspicious operation if you cannot get a hold of a business owner that has possession of your Florida car. You should think about filing a police report and explaining your situation. Perhaps the Florida police department can assist you with the recovery of your car or perhaps look into the situation more for you

  10. says:

    A wrecker dropped off car at our shop. Can’t find wrecker service or owner.

  11. says:

    Joseph, our license plate owner resources only work on motorized vehicles, unfortunately we do not have records on a travel trailer. You may want to reach out to the DMV directly to inquire about this trailer

  12. says:

    I would like to find the true owner of a travel trailer left on my property in Florida.
    The tag number is all I have.
    Will running your search provide me with the owners Name and any info?

  13. says:

    I found a 1959 Michigan license plate on my property. Is it possible to see who it was registered to 69 years ago?

  14. says:

    Purchased a camper lost the paperwork need to locate previous owner to get new copy of title so I can register it. Please advise what I can do
    Thank you

    Vicki cherico

  15. says:

    Josefa, we cannot lookup license plate numbers by person. You will need to contact your local DMV directly to inquire about your license plate number

  16. says:

    I need to know my license plate

  17. says:

    Joshua, you will need to figure this situation out directly through the DMV. Unfortunately our resources for license plate owner information will not be able to access the information you’re requesting

  18. says:

    I bought a car from a lady and it\’s been 2 years because I was out of town and someone stoled all my paperwork for it and at the DMV they gave me a handful of papers to try and put like lost title and stuff but I know that the lady probably turned into sale sellers report so if she did then she should have that she sold the car to me so can you find it out by the license plate number if she put in a seller\’s report and if it was given to my me Josh with Dean dugent the license number is bcz 4512 thank youalso if I can get her name I can go and have her write a new bill of sale and maybe she has more paperwork on the car that and she or she can come with me to the DMV and I can get it into my name instead of having to wait forever thank you

  19. says:

    Bill, unfortunately we cannot directly assist you with your license plate owner inquiry. You might consider contacting the police and filing a report with them about the incidences with this driver

  20. says:

    I\’d like to know whether this lesson with stolen or vehicle stolen threaten my family in New York just trying to more information about the person ended or is driving it there Alabama now told my father on their coming backup here To cause problems my stepdaughter I don\’t know person but he will be travelling with my stepdaughters We don\’t have those What I don\’t need any trouble appear

  21. says:

    Carl, in these situations it’s best to make a complaint with the police department and have them locate the owner. Then you can have the car towed at the owner’s expense

  22. says:

    The H.O.A. board, which I represent is trying to locate owner of a vehicle that has been sitting for over a week before we have it towed

  23. says:

    Donna, we can appreciate your situation and wanting to thank the person that helped you however, unfortunately we cannot give out any license plate owner information through our blog. You must read through the terms of our search conditions as well as the privacy laws associated with your state before obtaining any license plate information.

  24. says:

    I got a flat tire and this guy stopped and helped me change the tire! I was on the phone with my son when this man pulled over. I gave my son the license plate# in case this guy hurt me! He was a complete gentleman. I only know his first name \”George\”! I would like to know his last name so I can send him a gift for being so kind and caring! License plate# 439579 Rhode Island. Can you have me please?

  25. says:

    Juanita, unfortunately there are only specific reasons you can run a license plate search. Please read our DPPA information to learn about what acceptable reasons your state allows to lookup vehicle information.

  26. says:

    This is the license plate number mhm8785.I was the recently owner of this car wanting to see who is the new owner.

  27. says:

    We are happy to refund your charges. Please allow a few days for this to be reflected on your bank statement

  28. says:

    I paid twice $5 for 7 days unlimited then an additional $15 when prompted and I still can’t find the owner of the vin# and license plate I provided.

  29. says:

    You will need to contact the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration in Arkansas to inquire about an abandoned vehicle. Unfortunately we do not offer this service. If you are attempting to locate the Arkansas license plate owner of an abandoned vehicle then please read the instructions below. We hope this help you in your search for your abandoned vehicle.

    How to Find an Abandoned Vehicle

    1. Visit the DMV and request a copy of a vehicle title
    2. Have the VIN number available and proof of ID
    3. Show any documentation you may have on the vehicle
    4. See if you can legally purchase the vehicle back

  30. says:

    We would love to assist you with a license plate owner lookup however we only have vehicle record resources for cars, trucks, suvs, minivans and motorcycles. You will need to contact your local DMV directly to inquire about the additional documentation you’re looking for on your trailer. You will want to bring in your bill of sale, your driver’s license and any other documentation you received from the purchase of your trailer.

  31. says:

    Bought a 1967 Holiday Rambler pull trailer recently. Got a bill of sale but no title and we are trying to determine the vin number. The trailer was last registered around 88 (the expiration year is 88 on the plate) and the licence plate is WZ8855. We need to get all the info to get manuals and register the trailer currently.

  32. says:

    Sorry we cannot provide you with an API for our data stream. You will have to contact a data provider for this

  33. says:

    hi, i dont want any info on the owner; i only want the vehicle make/model/year/engine type/trim info from the license plate. & i want it via an API so i can integrate it into my app. what the solutions/options for this?

  34. says:

    Unfortunately that is not one of the acceptable reasons to run a license plate owner search. If you know any additional information about this person such as their first and last name, you can perform a people search and attempt to locate their address this way.

  35. says:

    I have this man about late 50s and his told me his daughter wants to come visit him and he doesn’t know where he park her car so i thought he Wants to be best dad so I gave him my parking permit and I told him bring it back when she leave and he offered me some money and I said no I’m just letting you have until she leaves its okey so then he left and I never seen him again the wholeweek and I went to the parking and took a picture of the car and the license plate im thinking she still there so the next day she left and that’s it I never seen her dad or her but they still have my parking permit with them so is that okey to find them by license plate and ask them if they can mail my permit???

  36. says:


    Do you have the title for the vehicle or a bill of sale? If not you should go to the DMV and apply for a duplicate title for the van. This will have all the relevant information you need for the vehicle. Without a title or bill of sale the DMV will not have any evidence that the vehicle is yours so it might be difficult for them to register the van under your husband’s name.

    How To Get a Duplicate Title From The DMV

    1. Go to the DMV website or visit your local DMV office
    2. Complete the Statement of Facts Form
    3. Fill out the application for a Duplicate Title
    4. Pay the applicable fees. Processing can take several weeks

  37. says:


    You concern is understood and we can help you out with a vehicle license plate lookup however you will need to read and agree to the terms and conditions of our license plate search. You might also consider contacting your local police and reporting this if you feel that it’s a safety concern for your neighborhood.

  38. says:

    This vehicle keeps showing up in my neighborhood, but no one knows them.

  39. says:


    We can certainly help you out with a license plate owner search however you will need to agree to our license plate search terms before you can access any information as this information. You might also want to contact the police and file a report if you feel that this is fraud. We don’t have an affiliation to any law enforcement agency so you will need to contact them directly.

  40. says:

    I got the licence plate of this white Chevy that was selling a tv that some guy on offer up last minute canceled and my dumbass being in a rush thinking itd be great for my mom didn’t even open it but it was not a tv when I got home so I want to find them before this goes on and I want my money back so can you please help?

  41. says:

    Hello Michelle,

    You should contact the Ohio Police and file a “Hit and Run Report” immediately and then contact the Ohio BMV and do the same. This is a legal matter that will be best handled by the authorities. Below are some links to assist you in finding the relevant authorities to contact.

    Best Regards,

    The Search Quarry Team

  42. says:

    My son and I was hit by a vehicle and the lady fled the seen. I’m trying to find out who owns the vehicle and ive had no luck . Ohio plate GYN 6811

  43. says:

    Hello Jose,

    If you can provide us with the VIN or plate number we can do a more detailed search for you.

    Best Regards,

    The Search Quarry Team

  44. says:

    Hello Jose,

    Our record go back for quite a while depending on the state the vehicle was registered in. If you can provide us with the license plate number or VIN number we can lookup your vehicle records in our database.

    Best Regards,

    The Search Quarry Team

  45. says:

    how far your vehicle record go back?

  46. says:

    Looking for a plate number of a vehicle that was park for 20yrs i did the search nothing came up
    i do have the tag number and the vin.

  47. says:

    Hello Ann,

    Were you able to get a license plate number from the other vehicle? If so you could try searching that license plate number on our website. If your initial search provides you with results then you can search in our member’s area to try and locate the name of the license plate owner. However, this may not be necessary if a police report was filed. If you filed a police report then you should be able to contact the police department where the report was filed and get the information that you’re looking for. You were involved in the accident so you should be able to retrieve the information that you are looking for from the police department.

    You can check here to locate the nearest police department:

    Best Regards,

    SearchQuarry Team

  48. says:

    We were in a accident earlier today and the of the other vehicle was on the wrong and he had no insurance he got a ticket for no insurance cop tow his vehicle i wanted to know to if you tell me how I could find out the owner name of the vehicle so I could find out if thay have insurance thsnk you

  49. says:

    Hello Myrna,

    Thanks for reaching out. I would be happy to assist you with a vehicle license plate or vin number search however I cannot gurantee we’ll be able to locate the owner information. It seems that your situation is time sensitive so my recomendation would be to to contact the police and file a police report, especially if any injuries resulted. Then I would contact the motor vehicle department to proceed. If insurance companies are involved then it’s paramount that you go through the right channels to mitigate your situation. I have included some useful links below. Please reach out if there is any additional public record searches we can assist you with.

    Best Regards,

    The Search Quarry Team

  50. says:

    I have a license plate number, vin, and make of car. I would like to get the owners name and address as there was an accident..can you help me or should I go to the DOL?


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