Whether you’re buying, selling, or simply researching a car, truck, or motorcycle in California, it’s good to have all the details.
That’s where VINvaquero.com comes in.
You can find all sorts of important information about a vehicle from its CA license plate.
Just like a vehicle identification number (VIN), the license plate number associates a particular car with its registration, title history, details, and current owner.
If you don’t know a vehicle’s VIN, you can start your search by using this free license plate lookup for California vehicles.
After that, you’ll be able to use the information that’s returned to uncover more details about the car.
How to Reverse Search California 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 “California” 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.
Learn more about what you can find using a license plate lookup.
Find California Vehicle Owner Information 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 California 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 as well.
Contact the California DMV for further details.
Where can you find your California license plate number?
Obviously, the easiest place to find a license plate number is directly on the plate itself.
Your California 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 California license plate number. The main places to check for your license plate number include:
- The California certificate of title.
- Your registration paperwork.
- Your car 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.
More Resources for Researching, Buying, and Selling a Vehicle in California
Whether you’re researching your own vehicle or planning to buy or sell a car, truck, or motorcycle, VINvaquero.com has the free tools and information you need to get it done right.
Check out some of our free research tools including our:
Plus, we’ve got some free form templates to make it easy to get all your buying and selling paperwork in order. Check them out!
- Free Bill of Sale Template
- Odometer Disclosure Statement
- Notice of Transfer and Release of Liability
- For Sale Sign Template
And that’s not all. We’ve got plenty of guides to help simplify the process of buying or selling your car in California. You can find those here: