Pennsylvania License Plate Lookup

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People Phone License Plate VIN

Pennsylvania License Plate Lookup Options

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. This can take some time though, which is why you might prefer doing a license plate search yourself. Pennsylvania residents can do a license plate look up for illegally parked cars, after an accident and for a variety of other reasons. You can contact the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (DOT), contact the police, hire a Private Detective, or use an online public records database. To begin a Pennsylvania license plate lookup online start with the form above.

Pennsylvania License Plate Lookup via The Police

Start with a phone call to your local police department. If the registration on the vehicle is out of date, or it has an expired license plate, the police can consider it an abandoned vehicle. They then have the legal right to run the plates and find the owner. If you need to track down a driver because of an auto accident, always contact the police first. When a driver flees the scene of an accident without providing proof of insurance, it’s a hit and run. The police can run the plate and track down the driver.

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 Online

Paid public record databases are a far better choice than a free database. The cost of running a search will vary between sites, but many will let you do an initial search for free. It will then tell you if it found any information, which can help you decide whether to pay for a complete search. A complete search might reveal things like the name of the driver, the issue date for that plate, the county that issued the tag and the address of the driver. You may even find out if that driver has a criminal record or was in previous accidents in the past.

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 your best bet. All of these methods can help you look up a Pennsylvania license plate number.

Pennsylvania License Plate Lookup
Pennsylvania License Plate Lookup

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. 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?

    1. 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

    2. 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

  2. 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?

    1. 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.

    1. 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

  3. 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

    1. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

    1. 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.

  6. 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.


    1. 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.

  7. 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

    1. 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.

  8. 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

    1. 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.

  9. 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

    1. 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

  10. 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?

    1. Lisa,

      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.

  11. 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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Last Updated: November 17, 2020

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