Ohio License Plate Lookup

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Ohio License Plate Lookup Information

Whether you live in a major city like Cincinnati or a tiny town like Portsmouth, you may need to lookup a license plate number in Ohio. If someone accidentally hits your car at a stop light and takes off, you may want to track down their license plate number and give it to your insurer. While the local police department can locate that driver for you, there are other instances where you’ll want to do the research on your own, including before you transfer a title into your name or purchase a new car. Take a look at some of the ways you can perform an Ohio license plate lookup.

Ohio BMV License Plate Lookup

Make your first stop at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. There are a number of local offices across the state. Request a form called the Ohio Vehicles Record Request Form. You’ll need to fill out this form, send it back by mail and wait for the BMV to mail you the results. The BMV will use its records to find out the name of the person who owns that vehicle and the address of the registered owner. You also have the option of downloading a copy of the form, filling it out at home and mailing it back to the BMV. The Ohio BMV does not have an online search or look up for license plate numbers.

Ohio License Plate Lookup Online

If you do a simple Google search for license plate look up in Ohio, many of the top sites that you come across are actually private databases. These companies may have listings of license plate numbers and drivers’ information that they place online. While you may have the chance to do a search for free, you must pay for the information you need. A basic search will only let you know if the database found a match. The best thing about using a private database is that you can often view information about the history of that vehicle and its registered owner.

Ohio License Plate Lookup via Private Detective

Buying a car with a false title can leave you without a vehicle when the real owner tracks it down. Those who steal cars will often issue false titles that have another owner listed on the paperwork. While hiring a private investigator may cost more than you would like, it’s really the best way to find out more about a specific license plate. Your PI will use what little information you have to scour free and paid databases to locate not only the car’s owner, but whether the original license plate on the back is authentic to the car.

Looking up license plate information before you buy a car, truck, van or SUV in Ohio can help you save a lot of money in the long run. You can turn to the BMV for help, but it may take weeks to get the information you need. Hiring a PI or using a paid database will help you get those results faster.

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Ohio License Plate Lookup
Ohio License Plate Lookup

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  1. I have a 1970 Honda motorcycle with no ownership. It doesn’t have a license plate so I have no idea which state it was sold in. Honda has confirmed it is a US motorcycle. How can I find out the licensing history on this vintage motorcycle so I can get an ownership for it?

    1. Tom, you will need to locate the VIN on the motorcycle which might be on the frame or the front forks. Then you can contact the Ohio BMV to inquire about registration, titling and obtaining a license plate

  2. I found a 1960 license plate and I would like to find the name of the person that it was registered to. Specifically. I am interested in whether it was a relative.

    1. Deb, unfortunately we do not have the ability to lookup vintage license plate numbers or most any vehicle that was manufactured before the 1980’s

  3. Hi, I am looking at a 1932 Ohio License plate. It starts with X1. I want a 1932 Dealer plate. They claim it is. Did they start with X?

    1. Gary, thanks for reaching out about our Ohio license plate lookup blog. Unfortunately Ohio license plate numbers from 1932 are older than what we have in our database so we can not directly weigh in on if that is an Ohio dealer plate or not. We did however do some research and it sounds like it’s possible that is a dealer license plate number that starts with an X

  4. In order to run an Ohio license plate lookup you must read and agree to the terms and condition of our Ohio license plate search and enter a complete license plate number

  5. A man (stranger in her 40s perhaps?) in a blue pickup truck pulled into the driveway while my daughter (16 yrs old) was taking the dogs out to go to the bathroom. He got out of the truck and asked if the dogs are friendly and could he meet them. My daughter told him “no” and hastened back into the house. She made note of his license plate number.

    We would like to know if it is legal for us to request his Ohio BMV information based on his license plate number.

    1. Geoffery,

      This sounds like a matter you should report to the Ohio Police. If you’re interested in performing an Ohio license plate number lookup using our database resources you will have to read the terms and conditions and agree to them before looking up any license plate number information.

      Who Can Lookup Ohio License Plate Numbers

      1. Most anyone can lookup license plate information via the FOIA
      2. You must first read and agree to the terms and conditions of the license plate search
      3. Enter the full license plate number and state of registration
      4. Search the license plate database
      5. Results may include vehicle information, VIN number, safety and recall data & more

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Last Updated: November 17, 2020

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