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How to find out if a person owns a vehicle

Updated April 17, 2017

The easiest way to find out who owns a vehicle in question is to ask the person who is driving it. Unfortunately, it's not always that easy. Whether it is a habitual speeder who races through your neighbourhood or a drunk driver you spot on the road, asking a driver for their name isn't always an option. To find out who owns a vehicle, write down the number plate number and search the DVLA online database for the owner.

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  1. If you feel that the driver has committed a crime then you should report them to your local police station with the number plate at head.

  2. Alternatively you can use the DVLA vehicle enquiry service.

  3. The link to the service is available in the resources section. In order to make an enquiry you will need the vehicle registration mark (number plate), and the vehicle make.

  4. Enter the Vehicle Registration Mark (number plate) and the make and select "submit."

  5. You can also pay for membership services, if applicable. Enter your credit card number and fill out all required information, such as name, address and telephone number.

  6. Review the information provided. Depending on the service you use, this information may contain the make and model of the vehicle, purchase price of the vehicle, outstanding tickets belonging to the owner of the vehicle, a list of moving infractions committed by the owner of the vehicle, as well as the owner's name and address.

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Things You'll Need

  • Number Plate Number
  • Credit Card


About the Author

Rob Kemmett

Rob Kemmett began writing professionally in 2010 and specializes in writing about food and hospitality. Kemmett has worked in various fine-dining restaurants throughout his career and holds an Associate of Applied Science in Le Cordon Bleu culinary arts from the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.

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