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How to find the original owner of a vehicle

Updated April 08, 2017

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.

Things You'll Need

  • VIN number
  • Credit Card
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Christell York has been writing professionally since 2008 for various websites and offline for "The Houston Press." She specializes in technical, automotive, travel, personal finance and food articles. York has a bachelor's degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and is currently seeking an associate degree in baking and pastries at the Art Institute of Houston.