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Whether you’re buying, selling, or simply researching a car, truck, or motorcycle, it’s good to have all the details. 

That’s where comes in. 

You can find all sorts of important information about a vehicle from its license plate. 

Just like a vehicle identification number (VIN), the license plate number associates a particular car with its registration, title history, details, state, and current owner. 

If you don’t know a vehicle’s VIN, you can start your search by using this free license plate lookup. 

After that, you’ll be able to use the information that’s returned to uncover more details about the car. 

How to Reverse Search License Plate Numbers

To use our free license plate lookup, you’ll need to:

  • Enter the license plate number into the search bar above. 
  • Select the state where the vehicle is registered from the dropdown. 
  • Click the search button. 

If the vehicle is found within the database, you’ll receive useful information about your car, truck, or motorcycle. 

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What information will a license plate search tell you about the vehicle?

Just like our VIN Decoder, a license plate search can provide you with a variety of information to help get you started researching a particular vehicle. 

When you enter a license plate number into this search tool, you’ll receive unique details about the vehicle including:

  • The VIN number. 
  • The year, make, and model. 
  • The details for the engine, transmission, and other components. 

With the VIN, you’ll be able to take your search even further. A VIN number will then allow you to search for:

  • Recalls.
  • Title status and title brands.
  • Ownership history. 
  • Odometer readings. 
  • Salvage vehicle reports. 
  • Stolen vehicle reports. 
  • Major accidents. 
  • Significant events in the car’s history. 

Once you have the VIN number, you’ll be able to use some of our other free research tools, such as our:

You’ll also be able to order a detailed vehicle history report from a variety of providers. 

Other details you can get from the license plate and VIN include:

  • The estimated market value of your car. 
  • Fuel efficiency and mileage. 
  • Estimated cost of ownership. 

Can you look up who owns a car by license plate?

Generally, you cannot find out the personal details or contact information for the owner of a vehicle from a reverse license plate search. 

This information is protected by the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act, and is typically reserved for law enforcement or other official state or federal agencies. 

Drivers are able to request their own information directly from the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If there is a qualifying reason for the request, they may be able to obtain the details of other owners from the DMV.

Running a vehicle history report will also not provide you with the personal information of the owners of a vehicle. 

Services promising to do so are often a scam.  

Is a reverse license plate search legal?

Yes, this type of license plate search is completely legal. 

The database pulls its information from publicly available sources to provide you with unique details about the vehicle. From there, you’ll be able to uncover more information about the car to:

  • Make a smart buying decision. 
  • Estimate the total cost of ownership. 
  • Price your car right so that it sells quickly.
  • Find the necessary parts and components for your vehicle.

Where can you find your license plate number?

Obviously, the easiest place to find a license plate number is directly on the plate itself. 

The license plate number is the combination of numbers, letters, and other characters that are the largest thing on the license plate.

But, if you had that, you probably wouldn’t be asking where to find it. 

If your vehicle has been stolen, lost, or damaged, and you don’t have access to the license plate, you’re not out of options. 

Fortunately, there are some other places you can look to find your license plate number. The main places to check for your license plate number include:

  • The certificate of title. 
  • Your registration paperwork. 
  • Your insurance documents. 
  • The bill of sale, if you bought the vehicle in a private sale. 

If you still cannot find your license plate number from those documents, you may be able to find it using your VIN. 

How to Find a License Plate Number

Select a State & Search License Plates