How to Find Out If Your Car Has Any Tickets

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You didn't notice the "No Parking" sign or your car overran the meter. You realise your mistake, but there's no ticket on your car. Tickets are made of paper and can fly away, but the record is permanent. Being unaware that you have a ticket doesn't mean you don't have to pay.

Finding out if your car has any tickets can save you the trouble of future notices and actions taken against you.

Locate your vehicle identification number (VIN). Your VIN number is a combination of seventeen letters and numbers that is specific to your car. It can be found on the driver's side dashboard, the door latch on the driver's side, or on your insurance card or policy. If you cannot locate it, try calling your insurance company to get your VIN number.

Have your number plate number and driver's license ready.

Contact or visit your local DMV office. You can do this by typing "DMV," your state and city in a search engine. Some cities like Chicago have an online option so you can check to see if your car has tickets. If your city doesn't have this option, visit or call your local office and ask for your vehicle history.

Order your vehicle history online from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV). Search for your local DHSMV website and order your vehicle history.

Get your vehicle history online through websites like For a fee, you can receive a comprehensive vehicle history report.