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How to Check If a Car Is Registered

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

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.

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

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

Things You'll Need

  • VIN number
  • Number plate
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