How to check license plate numbers

Updated March 23, 2017

There are situations where you need to check a car’s number plate number. For instance, debt collectors often track number plate numbers to locate debtors. Also, victims of hits and run are sometimes able to note the other car’s number plate number, which helps them find the perpetrator. If you feel that somebody has been road stalking you, you might want to check the person's number plate number.

Contact your state’s DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) and inquire about its guidelines on checking number plate numbers. Ask if the DMV can provide you with information about the plate number and the particular vehicle. You may or may not be charged for this information, depending on the particular DMV.

Go to a website that allows reverse number plate lookup. These sites are not free, and as of July 2010, will cost you anywhere between £16 and £65. Generally, these websites offer subscriptions for about six months. You can check as many number plate numbers as you want in this time. You will be able to obtain information, such as driver’s name, number plate issue date, city, state and ZIP of the place where the plate was issued. In some cases, you might even get details such as owner’s height, weight, eye colour and last known address.

Sign up on the website through which you are going to look up the number plate number. You need to provide your name, credit card number, expiration date and other required details. Once you create your account and pay the fee, you are allowed to check the number plates.

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