How to Find a Car by Number Plate

Updated March 23, 2017

Various situations can require tracking down a car by number plate number. For instance, if you have seen a car for sale without any contact number posted, you can track down the owner and contact him yourself. One of the preferred tracing methods is used by debt collectors who are trying to trace debtors. It also comes in handy when you’re hunting down a car owner who damaged your car in a car park. Many websites allow you to perform a reverse number plate lookup for a fee.

Contact your local Department of Motor Vehicles and find out its policies and guidelines on obtaining information about a number plate’s owner.

Use a website that allows people to perform number plate lookups (see Resources). There are many sites that offer these services, so it’s important that you find a reputable one, especially because you will be paying a fee of around £16 to £48, as of 2010.

Sign up for the website and provide your credit card information. Then search for the number plate number using the search box on the website. You will get the driver’s name, issue date of the plate, city, state and Postcode. Sometimes the report also contains more details about the vehicle’s owner, such as height, weight, eye colour and last known address. These details come in handy when you have to track down the person.

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Joanne Cichetti has written articles and Web content professionally since 2009, focusing primarily on health and lifestyle. In order to further pursue her writing career professionally, Cichetti inducted herself in the Long Ridge Writers Group, and she looks forward to having a novel published under their guidance.