Pennsylvania License Plate Lookup

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Run a Pennsylvania License Plate Lookup

Anyone in Pennsylvania that has a smartphone or computer and an internet connection can run a license plate lookup. This process has become simple and safe with online vehicle record repositories like The first step of this search is to have the complete license plate number and enter it into the search field followed by verifying the reason for your search is a valid one. Then once you’ve completed that first step then you’ll have access to vehicle history reports, vehicle title searches, vehicle specs, owner information and more. If you decide to register with the member’s area then you’ll have access to unlimited Pennsylvania license plate searches. All PA license plate searches are confidential and we offer support for anyone needing assistance. You can reach out via phone, email or our blog for help. This license plate lookup service is not available through any PA motor vehicle dept. and is intended for unofficial verification purposes only.

Reasons People Want PA Vehicle Records

Used car purchases, safety concerns, abandonments are a few of the reasons people use this resource. One example is when you walk outside your home and see an unknown car parked illegally across your driveway, you have a few options. You can talk with your neighbors to see if they know the owner of the vehicle or if they own that car. You also have the option of contacting the local police department about the vehicle. The police department can cite that vehicle or even have it towed to a local tow yard.  Another reason people might seek vehicle information in Pennsylvania is when purchasing a used car. Running a vehicle history report via the license plate number or VIN is a great way to make sure what you see is what you get and it holds the seller more accountable for what they claim. You might find the vehicle options are different from what is advertised or that the car title is salvaged. There are a multitude of reasons people want to know more about a vehicle, including their own. With a quick search online, anyone with a smartphone or laptop can lookup this information on the fly from This is a service not offered by any motor vehicle department.

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Free Pennsylvania License Plate Lookup

Though there are free public record databases available online, those databases are hard to find. You can do a simple Google search for Pennsylvania and license plate database or license plate look up. Many of these databases only offer basic information though. You might learn that the plate is valid and that your state did issue that tag. Very few free databases will tell you who owns that vehicle or even if the tag is still in use.

Pennsylvania License Plate Lookup via Private Detective

If you attempt multiple searches but do not get the results you need, consider hiring a professional. A private investigator may charge you for the fuel used to drive to the police station and for other expenses, but some investigators will actually charge a set fee for all the work involved. Investigators often have contacts within the law enforcement field and can access databases that the general public cannot. If you need to track someone down and only have a license plate number, this might be a good option. All of these methods can help you look up a Pennsylvania license plate number.

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Can I find out who owns a car with a Pennsylvania license plate?

It is possible to find the owner of a vehicle by running a Pennsylvania license plate search. You will need to have the full plate number and a valid reason, according to the DPPA and Pennsylvania DMV to find who owns that car.

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  1. Rev. Doug P. Sedlak says:

    There is a new, red, Honda Civic,…that has outdated PA State Inspection/Emissions! The rest of us must pay up,…or face fines, et cetera!
    Also, where’s the Greensburg city parking sticker!?!
    This car is usually parked on Division Street, Greensburg, PA.

  2. Raymond P Holden says:

    I gave my truck to my son in Maryland, can I put the tag on my truck it was a Disabled Vet tag. and is there another tag that’s free if 100 % disabled ? Thanks for any help you can give me. Raymond Holden

  3. squarryadministrator says:

    Darlene, our searches in our member’s area are anonymous, meaning no other user will know what you are looking for. If you have any specific questions you can reach out to our live chat in our member’s area and answer any additional questions you may have

  4. Darlene Rager says:

    Are searches anonymous/confidential? If you had a valid reason to purchase a report; is that anonymousconfidential?

  5. Virginia Nicoll-Hernandez says:

    This car was parked in front of my home for over 24 hours. I live on a dead end.

  6. David Meikle says:

    I would like to obtain the mailing address of the owner of the car with license plate of LJH5012. It is a Pennsylvania plate. The driver backed into our car at a CVS parking lot just in Erie just prior to the store closing and damaged the driver side doors. Our son was in the car at the time but did not get his information. We would like to avoid his insurance rates from going up and give him an opportunity to pay for the repairs. So, we need his address to write him a letter stating that we would like to avoid his rates from coming up.

  7. squarryadministrator says:

    Pennsylvania traffic citations are not associated with a vehicle when it comes to public record. That being said, we are happy to lookup any traffic citations by name if you can provide us with this person’s full name and age or DOB

  8. squarryadministrator says:

    Pennsylvania traffic citations are not associated with a vehicle when it comes to public record. That being said, we are happy to lookup any traffic citations by name if you can provide us with this person’s full name and age or DOB

  9. dominick says:

    My child has taken my car. Can i look up the plate number that is in my name to see if there are any accidents or infractions with the vehicle?

  10. Joe says:

    I can’t wait to see who’s been parking on my property

  11. squarryadministrator says:

    Andre, you will need to contact the Pennsylvania DMV directly about getting a PA license plate for your vehicle

  12. Andre Allen says:

    How to get a PA license plate ?

  13. squarryadministrator says:

    Glenda, you will need to contact the Harrisburg police that you reported the incident to or the Pennsylvania DMV. We don’t have access to that information with our database resources.

  14. Glenda says:

    Hello , How do I find out the date that my license plate got stolen? I reported to Harrisburg pa.

  15. squarryadministrator says:

    Ricky, her best option to verify the information on the vehicle title for certain is to contact the Pennsylvania DMV directly. She will need to visit a branch in person and the title verification process should be quick

  16. Ricky Moser says:

    My daughter is going through a divorce. Needs to find out if her name is on the title of the car her exhusband has? How can we find out?

  17. squarryadministrator says:

    Leah, unfortunately our Pennsylvania license plate lookup resources do not include trailers or RVs. You will want to reach out to the PA DMV directly about your trailer inquiry.

    How to lookup a Pennsylvania trailer license plate number

    While there are a lot of online resources for license plate lookup resources these pertain mostly to automobiles. To lookup a trailer license plate in Pennsylvania you will need to contact the Pennsylvania DMV directly and have the license plate number of the trailer in question.

  18. Leah Welker says:

    I can’t look up a licensed trailer in PA. There is no option to specify trailer. Any way I can do this?

  19. squarryadministrator says:

    Unfortunately we cannot locate a missing person with Pennsylvania license plate number. You can try contacting the police if it’s a missing person and file a report. They might have more relevant information that can help you with your search

  20. Tetris says:

    Attempting to locate a missing person.

  21. squarryadministrator says:

    Adeel, unfortunately we do not have the ability to lookup someone’s auto insurance information by the license plate number from your car. In a Hit and Run accident situation it’s best to call the police, file a police report then report the accident to your insurance company. They will followup with the their own investigation to find out who the other driver was and then you can seek compensation. Most auto insurance companies require that you carry uninsured motorist insurance as well, this will allow you to be properly compensated without it adversely affecting your driving record.

  22. Adeel says:

    Hi someone hit my car and run, later by CCTV I found his plate number , it registered in PA, can I find his insurance company? Please help

  23. squarryadministrator says:

    This sounds like a very serious situation and is a matter for Pennsylvania law enforcement, unfortunately we cannot assist you with this situation and provide them with the complete Pennsylvania license plate information.

  24. anonnn says:

    Pennsylvania lic plate LFS7078 (pa) is a male spic white van guns stolen vehicle dui dwi hit n run lives in allentown PA child sex abuser drug dealer road rage threats terroristic phone use wife beater excon and more attack and jail em

  25. squarryadministrator says:

    Carolyn, thank you for reaching out about our Pennsylvania license plate blog. You will need to go through our flow and read the DPPA regulations for your state of residence and select a proper reason why you want to perform a PA license plate search. You may also consider hiring a private investigator to assist you with collecting information if the police are not able to adequately assist you with your PA rideshare issues.

  26. Carolyn Travagline says:

    I\’m a rideshare driver. Several months ago I had a woman in my vehicle that, upon exiting, I suspected was a victim of human trafficking. I called the police and reported it right away. After they showed and left to investigate, I was still shaking from it all. A guy showed up in a car and wrote down my plate. Since I have been followed by a group of cars. Can I legally search the tags to get proof before going to the police? I don\’t want to look like a crazy lady but I\’m concerned for my kids.

  27. squarryadministrator says:

    You will want to file a report with your insurance company with the Pennsylvania license plate information that person has provided you. If necessary you may want to get a police report in case there is any issue making a claim to get your bumper repaired. Typically this will not cost you anything out of pocket unless that person in uninsured.

  28. Art says:

    Yesterday I found note on my car window that my car was hit by PA car. In this note plate number and car description.
    I had only bumper issue. Please advise about my next steps if it happened in New York state when my car was parked on the street and I was at home.


  29. squarryadministrator says:

    Hank, unfortunately we cannot assist you with this Pennsylvania license plate lookup because it does not comply with the Pennsylvania DPPA. You might consider hiring a private detective or contacting the Pennsylvania DMV directly about this inquiry.

  30. Henry says:

    Can you please help me PLEASE ,I am trying so hard to track down my brothers car ( VIN NUMBER ) When he was young he worked so hard to buy his car . So now one of his wishes is to ride in it one more time before he dies , The only things to go on was a picture of the back of the car from 1978 it was a Chevy 1973 his license plate number was ( 3D4 -196 ) I am hoping so much you will help me and I really mean that

    Thank you so kindly for helping me with this I just want to make him happy before he see’s our beautiful Lord

    Thank You again

  31. squarryadministrator says:

    This sounds like a very unfortunate incident. Your best bet is to follow up with the police about this matter. You can also hire a private investigator but that can also become expensive.

  32. Max says:

    I was involved in a hit and run case in pennsylvania on december 27th with a PA special plate with prefix SS 00234. I took kids plate information and also a police report was filed with that district. Being as though his plate is special or custom plate, how do i get information on this person. This incident happened somewhere in rosevellete and pratt st on north philly and they have it on video camera. The police officer who arrived in the bullshitted what i was telling him and made it seem like he couldnt pull this persons plate. I also have a NJ customer plate and he told me my plate wasnt showing up for him either, i didnt know if he was telling me the truth or not but yeah an incident report was filed and so how do i obtain information about this driver. my attorneys are working on it but i also want to do my own research thanks.

    if anyone of u know or come in contact with this Pennsylvania special plate with prefix SS 00234 please contact this number through text immediately, you will be rewarded $1000.00 (one thousand dollars). This person happens to be in the northeast of philly. 609 228 9301 thanks

  33. squarryadministrator says:

    Unfortunately we don’t possess that license plate information as it might be older than the records in our database. You might want to check with the Pennsylvania DMV to find out more information about previous owners of your vintage vehicle.

    How to Lookup Vintage License Plate Numbers

    1. Contact the DMV
    2. Submit a DMV request form for previous owner information
    3. Pay the fees for a copy of the information

  34. F Greg McGeary says:

    Is there any chance to look up old license plate numbers…I was married in 1970 and found in a flea market a 1970 sticker did PA plate …I seem to remember the first few numbers of my old plate…and was wondering if I can discover the name of the owner 47 years ago
    The plate is J09 172
    PA registration number on sticker ..
    Thanking You

  35. squarryadministrator says:


    It sounds like you will need to file an insurance claim if there is significant damage to your vehicle. You will want to contact your insurance company and notify them about this accident as well as file an accident report with the Pennsylvania DOT. Since this is not a Hit and Run accident you shouldn’t have to contact the police and file a Hit and Run report. It is in your best interest to handle this thing by the book if you want to be adequately compensated for the accident and get your vehicle fixed so that it’s safe to drive.

  36. Lisa says:

    I was involved in an auto accident, the other party is at fault (I had video recording to proof). First, I thought the damage is minor so I let him go without getting his driver license and insurance information but I have the license plate #. Am I allow to do the plate lookup in this case?

  37. squarryadministrator says:


    Legally they will not be able to lookup Pennsylvania license plate owner information unless they fulfill the criteria necessary to run a license plate search. If you suspect that someone is harassing you this is against the law and you should report this to the relevant Pennsylvania law enforcement authorities. Click here to read more about the acceptable reasons to run a license plate search.

  38. Jane says:

    I was in a traffic jam today when a road rage driver threatened me and said he was writing down my license plate number. Is there any possibility that the driver could get my home address by looking up my plate?

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