Minnesota License Plate Lookup

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Name Phone Number License Plate VIN

How To Run a Minnesota License Plate Check

The Minnesota license plate lookup tool allows anyone in the state to find valuable information about vehicles that can be used for a multitude of purposes. The process of running this Minnesota plate search is simple. Start by entering the full plate number into the search field and then you’ll be directed to validate your search by selecting an acceptable reason according to state and federal privacy regulations. Once you’ve satisfied the Minnesota license plate check requirements you’ll be able to access information such as license plate owner information, title verification checks, vehicle history reports, vital vehicle statistics and more. This search is unofficial and intended for verification purposes only and not offered by any motor vehicle department. If you encounter any questions or difficulties with your search you can reach out via blog chat, phone or email.

What You Might Find With a Minnesota Plate Check  

  • Car Owner Information
  • Vehicle Specifications
  • Vehicle History Report    
  • Vehicle Title Check 
  • Salvage and Junk Records  
  • Vital Vehicle Statistics
  • Accident and Damages
  • Odometer Verification 

Why Run a Minnesota License Plate Lookup?

There are many utilities for running a Minnesota license plate search and one of the top reasons is for people verifying vehicle information on a used car, truck, SUV, van or motorcycle they’re looking to buy. The license plate search tool, provided by SearchQuarry.com, allows people to lookup a vehicle history report, verify that the seller is the owner of the vehicle, the options and specs of the vehicle, salvage or damaged records and much more. The ability to run this search on the fly from a smartphone or laptop makes this very convenient for used car hunting. Other reasons include finding out if a vehicle has been abandoned, if a car has been involved in some criminal activity or if there is suspected fraud. You can lookup this information with both the Minnesota license plate and the vehicle identification number.

Car Owner SearchAbout Minnesota License Plates

The state of Minnesota was one of the first states in the US to require automobile owners to present a license plate on their vehicle, starting in 1903. Automobile owners at that time, until 1909, were required to provide their own license plates. Then after 1909 the state provided porcelain plates with the plate number painted on it. Today the state of Minnesota requires only the rear license plate on a vehicle and they’re made of of embossed aluminum these days. Every vehicles in Minnesota needs to have a license plate on the rear. with current tags as well as an up today auto insurance policy. There are 2 different types of plates that are available, the standard issued plates and specialty plates which represent non profit organizations, veteran plates, special interests and customizable plates.

Statewide License Plate Searches

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Minnesota License Plate FAQs

Can a civilian lookup a Minnesota license plate?

Yes, it's possible for civilians to lookup license plate numbers in Minnesota. You will need to make sure you follow the DPPA rules and regulations in the state of Minnesota to run a plate search.

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  1. Steven Coleman says:

    Sorry, this is in Wisconsin where we can easily check online with out DOT to check if a Wisconsin license plate has expired.
    If only it were as simple with a Minnesota plate.

  2. squarryadministrator says:

    Steven, this is a police matter and unfortunately we cannot assist you directly with this Minnesota license plate lookup inquiry. Here is a link to our Free Minnesota Police and Sheriff Department Finder for your convenience.

  3. Steven Coleman says:

    There is a crook in my neighborhood who deals in cars and uses stolen license plates or plates from other vehicles. So unless actually stopped by the police he can get away with it. Often the plates are expired. With a search I can find the year and make of the vehicle, but not if the license plate is current or has expired.

  4. Marlys snelson says:

    052 MMM Saab was dropped off in front of our house. Have not seen this car in the neighborhood.

  5. squarryadministrator says:

    Larry, our Minnesota license plate lookup resources are only for motor vehicles. We cannot lookup trailer information with our resources

  6. Larry Partlow says:

    14 ft travel trailer

  7. squarryadministrator says:

    Roland, in order to change your Minnesota license plate number you will need to contact the Minnesota DPS directly. You can call them to schedule an appointment or just walk in to do this. Some online services are limited in these circumstances.

  8. Roland Giddings says:

    I really need to change my plate

  9. squarryadministrator says:

    Chris, you will want to verify the owner’s name with the information on their driver’s license and vehicle title to make absolutely certain you are purchasing this car from the actual car owner. Also verify the Minnesota license plate number and VIN so that you have multiple field of information to cross-reference. This will give you absolute certainty when making this purchase

  10. Chris Johnson says:

    Want to know if guy trying to sell me car is owner

  11. squarryadministrator says:

    Albert, thank you for reaching out about our Minnesota license plate lookup blog. We understand your frustration and the danger of the situation that could have resulted in a serious accident. In these situations it’s best to contact the police directly and give them that information, you can also call 911 if you feel that this person is driving dangerously or driving drunk.

  12. Albert bauee says:

    Viscone whoever he was was passing on a double yellow line there\’s a car coming in the opposite direction which could have caused a head-on collision.

  13. squarryadministrator says:

    Robert, you will want to check with the Minnesota DPS directly about your vehicle tags not being received. It’s possible there was a delay or they could have been lost in the mail. In any case they will be able to reissue you your tags.

  14. Robert Jones says:

    My tab renewal was sent by mail April 2 where are they plate number 1vette

  15. squarryadministrator says:

    Technically you are allowed to have the vehicle towed at the owner’s expense. You can also notify your local Minnesota police code enforcement to come out and issue the person a warning or citation. Another option is you can leave a note on the vehicle and hope that the vehicle owner receives the note and moves their vehicle accordingly.

  16. Sharon K Ness says:

    I am the caretaker of an apartment building and an unfamiliar car has been left in the parking lot blocking access for some residents to their garages. What do I do? AHE 958

  17. squarryadministrator says:

    For this type of situation where there is a missing title and it was never registered, your best course of action is to contact the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (DPS) directly. You will want to explain your case and show them the bill of sale and have your Minnesota driver’s license or proof of ID. They will tell your the best course of action to proceed.

  18. Julie Johnson says:

    My son bought a car he got a signed bill of sale and was to get title when he came back from drill. The man he bought car from has passed away so can’t get title. Got stopped by police and found out he never registered it. How do I find the owner who had it before to get title

  19. squarryadministrator says:

    If this is a Hit and Run you will want to contact the Minnesota Police and file a Hit and Run report as well as the Minnesota DPS and your insurance company. It’s important to follow the law as best you can so you can be adequately compensated.

    How To File a Hit and Run Report in Minnesota

    1. Contact the Minnesota Police and file a Hit and Run Report
    2. Contact the Minnesota DPS and file a Crash Report
    3. Contact your insurance company and notify them of the incident
    4. Take pictures of your vehicle and document any information about the other vehicle involved in the crash
    5. If you have any type of injury make sure to visit your doctor and get a full evaluation

  20. Kathy E says:

    A car sideswiped my car. I need to contact the owner of the car. I have the plate number. It is Minnesota plates. Can you find the owners name, address, or phone #?

  21. squarryadministrator says:


    We can certainly assist you with a Minnesota license plate search however this seems like this is a situation you should contact the Minnesota police about. If there is illegal dumping going on then we cannot assist you with this as we are not affiliated with any Minnesota law enforcement agency.

  22. Heather Raines says:

    Illegal dumpers of a large amount of remodeling/household materials i.e. plywood, 2×4’s, sheetrock, fencing lattice.

Author: squarryadministrator
Last Updated: 2016-11-28

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