How to find the original owner of a vehicle

Written by christell york | 13/05/2017
How to find the original owner of a vehicle
You can find a vehicle's original owner by viewing the title history. (luxury car - model toy car image by alma_sacra from

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System or NMVTIS is a U.S. Department of Justice program designed to provide consumers with information on vehicles. NMVTIS offers links to approved organisations that provide title data and other information on vehicles based on the VIN or vehicle identification number. The VIN number can be found on the vehicle's driver's side dashboard near the windshield. Each provider assesses a fee for results and these fees vary based on the provider.

Open the "National Motor Vehicle Title Information System" web page and select the provider you would like to use for your research. (See Resources.)

Enter the Vehicle Identification Number or VIN and click the option to begin the vehicle history search.

Create an account with the provider and enter your payment information. Your title history will be displayed after your payment information is confirmed.

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