Reverse License Plate Search

People Phone License Plate VIN
People Phone License Plate VIN

How To Perform A Reverse License Plate Search

A reverse license plate search can be done in a couple ways. The first way is to go into the DMV to and request this information. They will ask you to provide a verifiable reason of why you?re searching for license plate information. They will most likely charge you a nominal fee for a copy. The second and much easier way, to get a reverse license plate or VIN number search, is to use a public records website. Not all public record websites will have DMV and vehicle records so do your due diligence before buying anyone?s service. You can try our license plate search for free with our 5 day free trial.

DMV Reverse License Plate Search

When going to the DMV there is a requisite to obtaining license plate information. That requisite is you have a verifiable reason to lookup this information. Here are some of the acceptable reasons for this request:

Automobile Information Disclosure Act
Motor Vehicle Information and Cost Saving Act
National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966
Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992
Clean Air Act

You will have to show proof of this and attest to the fact that you won?t share this information or use it for any purposes under the FCRA.

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Online Reverse License Plate Search

There are some online reverse license plate resources but be careful. Very few of these public record websites can give you accurate nationwide reverse license plate search data. One means of verifying you?ll be getting accurate results is if the website asks you the same criteria the DMV would ask you. Additionally, any online website should also give you partial vehicle record results before signing up. This will save you some headache when trying to find vehicle records online.

Reverse License Plate Search
Reverse License Plate Search

Can a reverse license plate search find the vehicle owner?

A reverse license plate number search can reveal a lot about a vehicle and limited owner information. As long as you have a valid reason according to your state's DPPA laws you can run a reverse license plate search online anonymously. Other options include going to the DMV directly or hiring a private investigator to dig up the details of a license plate number.

What is a reverse license plate number search?

Reverse license plate searches are just that, taking the full license plate number of a vehicle, and the state it's registered in, and running the plate number through a vehicle records database to find out information about the vehicle, the VIN and owner information. Some information might be limited depending on the state you live in and what the DMV rules and regulations are in that state.

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  1. Need the owner of license plate number BJJ637 and its a Indiana license plate. Backed inti my car and left. Can you please get me the name so I can contact them. I dont want my insurance rates going up

    1. Pa
      Pauline, first make sure that everyone in the vehicle is alright, then call the police and file a police report. Next, make sure to report this to your insurance company and provide them with a copy of your police report. They will be able to better assist you. Our reverse license plate number lookup resources need a full license plate number and the state of registration to be able to produce any results

  2. i own a 1969 el camino i have white with blue numbers on it for that manufactures year how do i find out if i can use them they mass 73467

    1. Robert, unfortunately our reverse license plate search does not resource license plate information for vehicles of that year. Our license plate lookup and VIN check resources only go back the last 30 years. You will probably need to inquire with your local DMV directly about your question.

  3. Please help. I purchased a new vehicle, 10 miles on the odometer when purchased. The car was purchased in Louisiana and driven back to Texas. I received a notarized document from Caddo Parrish that is correcting the mileage on a purchased Wrangler Jeep, 2016. This document was in the envelope along with a copy of my driver license and new Texas car plates. I have requested assistance from the Louisiana dealership three times and the problem has not been resolved. I have a set of license plates that I don’t know if they belong to the owner of the Jeep or if they are for my 2020 Honda. The dealer paper license plate expired 12/7/20. I do not want to get ticketed for an issue that I have tried to get the dealership to resolve. The dealership is the one that ordered the plates once I had the car inspected in Texas.
    Thank you.

    1. Becky, you will need to follow up with the DMV directly about your concerns. Unfortunately we do not have access to that information.

  4. Hit my passenger door with his driver door. Confronted him and he spit in my face and tried to drive away, only to nearly hit another vehicle in the parking lot that was driving, and then proceeded to speed off.

    1. This sounds like a hit and run scenario that you will want to contact the police about. They should follow up on this, which is considered best practice, for everyone’s safety.

    1. Roland, unfortunately we do not show the entire vehicle ownership history with our reverse license plate search resources. If you want to find the complete owner history you can run a vehicle history report or contact your local DMV for more information

  5. i bought a jeep in may, i got registration and plate number off penndot site and i never got a license plate, it is and has been insurred.

    can you please tell me when i will get my plate or what i can do. thank you very much

    1. Marsha, unfortunately we do not have that information. You will want to reach out to your state DMV directly to inquire about your physical license plate

    1. You will need to know the state of the registered vehicle in order to run a proper reverse license plate search. Each state manages the registration of it’s own vehicles so it’s necessary to have all the license plate information. You will also need to read through the DPPA and the state’s specific privacy laws, as outlined in our website services

  6. Unfortunately Gary, there are only very specific reasons you can run a reverse license plate search. You will need to read through the privacy acts of your state and determine if your reason for performing a reverse license plate search is allowed

    1. Zosimo, unfortunately we cannot run a reverse license plate search but name. You will need to either contact the repair shop or the DMV to inquire about the license plate number on your car

    1. Kristin, you will need to go through our reverse license plate lookup process and read the California DPPA privacy act and find out if your reasons for looking up this license plate information is allowed. We cannot directly give out any information without you reading and accepting the terms and conditions of our license plate search

  7. I have used a reverse plate check from a couple reputable sites but the plate comes up as not found. I have a picture of the plate and know I have put it in correctly. Also, the tags are expired, but I am not sure that would have anything to do with it. Can you suggest why the plate comes up invalid?

    1. Nancy, perhaps this license plate is no longer registered with the DMV. If the tags are also expired this may support this theory however, if you want to make sure for certain you would need to check with the DMV directly with your license plate number inquiry.

    1. Michael, you will need to reach out to the DMV directly about this vehicle. It’s a vintage license plate that is much older than any license plate record we have in our resources

  8. abandoned car parked in neighbor’s front yard. house is for sale and not occupied. damage to left rear side panel and bumper. minor damage to tree. right rear wheel appears to be damaged.

    1. Robert, if you’re interested in having this car towed then you can report it as abandoned with the police department. Since it’s not on your property you will probably be better if they report the abandoned vehicle. You will want to make sure you have the license plate number and VIN if possible

  9. A huge black Ram truck with the license BPE3364 hit my car and left the scene and did not stop. This happened in Georgia but I don\’t think it is a Georgia tag. Can you please help me. The truck looked brand new.

    1. Jenny, first make sure everyone is OK. Then you should contact the police as soon as possible and file a Hit and Run police report. Give them the license plate number and description of the truck. Then notify your insurance company and give them the police report number.

  10. I am going to register a 1977 classic vehicle and would like to order a personalized classic vehicle plate with 1029;
    Can you tell me if this is available?????
    Thank you

    1. Kathleen, thank you for inquiring about our reverse license plate search blog. To find out if a personalized license plate number is available for your classic vehicle you will want to reach out to the DMV directly. They can run a a quick search to let you know what vanity plates are available.

  11. While staying at my Daughter\’s to be a live in Nanny my car broke down. My future son in law asked me if he could buy the car for 300. I told him 150 if he didn\’t make payments but had the whole 150. He put Fifty down and three weeks later I received another 20. Two weeks ago another 50. Im without transportation. Im told my car is gone from the spot. He said to where its being repaired. My plate is still on it. My title still not transferred. No bill of sale digned. No record of payment. Im concerned of my vehicles location and am fearful its been repaired. While my name is shown as owner. What should I do? He won\’t return my calls or text for a week now. No way to know if everyone is safe. No way to know if the vehicle is being driven. Hes my future son in law. Advice please?

    1. Tammy, without getting the police involved you can at least release the liability of your vehicle with the DMV. That way you are not liable if anything happens such as an accident or it’s impounded for some reason. You can use our Free DMV Finder and locate the DMV in your state. Once you locate the DMV listing for your state you can download a “Release of Liability” form and fill out all the required information and mail it in. Another option is to file the Release of Liability online. Most DMV resources allow you to do this electronically which will expedite things.

  12. May this tool be used to send out a parking reminders/statements for owners of vehicles who failed to pay for parking. Video evidence is available.

    1. Unfortunately we don’t have any video surveillance of traffic citations that can be searched with our reverse license plate search. We can however lookup traffic citations with a simple name search. We just need the full name of the person in question as well as their state of residence.

    1. We are sorry to hear about your vehicle theft. Unfortunately we cannot provide you with a license plate number with a name search, our reverse license plate resources need the license plate number and state. You should contact the DMV and inquire about your license plate number and file a stolen vehicle report with your local police. You should also report your stolen vehicle ASAP to your insurance company. A police report will corroborate your story.

      What To Do If Your Vehicle Is Stolen

      1. Call the police and file a police report
      2. Give the license plate number, make & model
      3. Report the stolen vehicle to your insurance company
      4. Also report the stolen vehicle to the DMV

  13. I am trying to confirm the owner of a particular car when it was at a specific location and photographed. There is a legal problem with that person and we need to confirm who owned that car on the date of that picture.

    Would this plate look up tell me the owner of said vehicle?

    Also, I have had several cars stolen over the past 15 years and would like to run my vin numbers to find out where they may have ended up; could this site do that if they had been documented anywhere?


    1. In order to use our vehicle record resources, including our reverse license plate lookup and VIN check resources you will need to read and agree to our terms and conditions of our search. Not all reasons are valid reasons to vehicle information. If you cannot find the information you’re looking for with our vehicle resources you can also reach out to the DMV and inquire there.

  14. I am looking for the owner of a 2017 BMW 740i, license plate DLZ 459 South Carolina. Vin# WBA7E2C33HG740580

    1. In order to use our reverse license plate search tool you must first read and agree to the terms and conditions of our search. Remember that it illegal to stock or harass anyone. Please use our reverse license plate number search tool responsibly.

  15. I need help to find a registered owner I was sold a car and they never came back with title or paperwork can you help me please

    1. If you have the bill of sale then you should be fine with registering your vehicle and transferring the title. You best bet would be to visit the DMV in person and inquire about getting a duplicate title. Make sure to bring in all the information you have on the sale of the vehicle and your driver’s license number. Unfortunately we cannot assist you with a reverse license plate search at this time.

  16. My sister has VIN number for her car but needs to find out the license plate number to give to police because her vehicle was just stolen. Can we find license plate number by searching on VIN?

    1. Justin,

      If you’re concerned for your safety or your property being stolen you should call the police immediately. Unfortunately we don’t have an affiliation with local law enforcement.

    1. Jing,

      In order to receive reverse license plate owner information you will need to agree to our terms and conditions. You can also visit the DMV to inquire about owner information but you will need to show them an acceptable reason for doing so.

  17. Am I able to find vehicle owner’s name out with LPlate and VIN state is South Carolina mya182
    Vin is 1GCEC14H6SZ282470 I think

    1. Jody,

      We can certainly assist you with a reverse license plate search and reverse VIN number search however you will need to agree to the terms and conditions of our vehicle records search. With our resources you will need to locate the license plate number to find out owner information, which you might be able to find from the VIN number. Our resources show that the VIN number belongs to a 1995 Chevrolet C/K 1500 Series.

  18. Hey….looking for a >2008 Honda CRV with a state of Maine plate of ??51 U?

    I was hoping to use wildcards, but read in a comment that you cannot. Any help is appreciated.

    1. Dennis,

      Unfortunately our system does not support wild cards for our reverse license plate number search. We will need the full license plate number and state of registration or the VIN number to lookup vehicle records in our database. You will have to contact the Maine BMV to inquire about this.

    1. Anthony,

      In order to perform a reverse license plate number search you will also need the state of registration and agree to our terms and conditions before receiving any vehicle related information.

    1. German,

      If you’re interested in a reverse license plate lookup then you follow the instructions below.

      How To Reverse Search a License Plate Number

      – Agree to the terms of the license plate search
      – Enter the full license plate number
      – Enter the state of registration
      – Search

      License plate records may vary from state to state. Results may include license plate records, VIN number information, safety and recall data, owner information, driving records, criminal records, public records and more.

    1. Hello John,

      In order to perform a vehicle records or license plate search, with our resources, you will need the complete license plate number and/or VIN number. Unfortunately our database is not setup to use wildcard characters or search by make and model. If you can provide us with the information you have we can check our database.

      Best Regards,

      The Search Quarry Team

      1. I am in a situation. My vehicle is damaged and my friend lost teeth. Hit and run. I only have partial plate number and make. Authorities cannot file without full plate number. Can you help?

        1. To access our reverse license plate search you will need a complete license plate number and the state it’s registered in. You will also have to read and agree to the terms and conditions of our reverse license plate lookup before obtaining any vehicle information.

    1. Hello Wendy,

      We can certainly help you out with a reverse license plate search but this sounds like it’s a police matter. I would contact your local police and give them this information. I have included some helpful links below. Please reach out if there are any additional license plate or VIN number searches we can assist you with.

      Best Regards,

      The search Quarry Team

  19. Every vehicle registered has a license plate. This is the motor vehicle department’s way to attach a vehicle to a person for recording and accountability. You can perform a reverse license plate search by entering it into the search form above. Additionally every vehicle that was manufactured and sold in the United States has a VIN number. This is to identify the vehicle and all it’s options. Check out our FREE VIN Decoder below.

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Last Updated: April 1, 2021

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