How to Check If a Car Is Registered

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How to Check If a Car Is Registered
You can verify the registration of a car with a number plate number. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

It is possible to find out if your car is registered. When you buy a car from a dealer, you are required to register your vehicle to have full ownership of your car along with your title. You may have to pay additional fees to register your car in the state where you live. It only takes a couple of steps to find out if your vehicle is officially registered.

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Things you need

  • VIN number
  • Number plate

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  1. 1

    Write down the vehicle identification number (VIN) on a piece of paper. You will need these items on hand before dialling your state's Department of Motor Vehicle office.

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    Call your state's DMV office. You may be prompted to press a number to reach the department for title and registration.

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    Tell the customer service representative the VIN number you want checked for registration. The representative will inform you whether the car is registered.

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