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How to check tickets by a license plate

Updated January 19, 2017

Paying a parking ticket has become easier because you can now pay them over the Internet. You can also check unpaid tickets and paid tickets across any state over the Internet. The only information you need is either your license number, your number plate number or your ticket number. Searching by the number plate number is easier if you need to check on the status of a ticket for another person.

Navigate to the official state website of your choice and click on the "Police" link. As an example, go to the City of Chicago website (see Resources).

Scroll down to the "Search by" section. Click "Number Plate."

Type the number plate number in the "Plate Number" field. Click the "State" drop-down box. Choose the State of the number plate.

Click the drop-down box in the "Plate Type" field. Choose the type of vehicle the number plate belongs to.

Click inside the "Owner last name or company name" field. Type the owner's name the plate belongs to. Click "Search by Plate."

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Kelly Reese began writing professionally in 2009, showcasing her expertise in the financial and technology industries through how-to articles. She has a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Phoenix and a dual Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and mathematics from Jackson State University.