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What Does a License Plate Report Include?

A simple license plate number search could reveal information about the driver, traffic court records, criminal driving violations, vehicle identification number (VIN), vehicle title information, and more associated license plate records. If a license plate search identifies a specific driver, a broader public records search may be conducted.

Traffic Court Records

Traffic court records source relevant facts on a person's driving history, including traffic accidents, traffic law violations, court data, state of violations, driver's license suspensions or cancellations, fines, and convictions, all derived from public records.

Public Records

When available, track down meaningful details about someone, including arrest records, warrants, felonies, misdemeanors, mugshots, court records, DUI, DWI, and police records beyond just a driver records search.

Rebuild and Repair Records

This part of a license plate check report could contain salvage, junk and loss records, full maintenance history, accidents, hail or flood-damages, recalls/defects history, current condition, and even an odometer readings report.

Vehicle Information

A vehicle identification number could lead to further details about a car, such as lien records, sale records, vehicle specifications, title history, registration details, ownership facts with specific additional information (car model, engine capacity), and expired registrations.

What is a License Plate?

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License plate records refer to the information available across public and official databases regarding a vehicle's license plate number.

In the United States, license plates or vehicle registration plates are issued at a state level by the Department of Motor Vehicles’ territorial centers. For vehicles owned by foreign diplomats and the federal vehicle fleet, the plates are issued by the federal government.

The first license plates were introduced in New York in 1901. Back then, plate designs were handcrafted on metal, leather, rubber, or even porcelain by the automobile’s owner and typically featured his initials as proof of ownership.

In 1903, Massachusetts’s legislature required and started to distribute the state-issued license plates. Each registered automobile owner was assigned by the Secretary of State’s office a unique number that would be displayed on the back of the car. The very first official plate issued had just the number one on it. By 1918, all states in the US had begun handing out their particular versions of car registration plates.

Nowadays, the approach is still very different from one state to another, for instance, California offers a variety of plate types, aimed to support current social causes. Types of license plates they allow:

  • Regular License Plates
  • Special Interest License Plates (arts, health, kids, ecological)
  • Special License Plates (occupational, historical, recognition, legislative)

The access to license plate records and vehicle records varies by state. To regulate the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)’s collection, release, and sharing of personal information - such as name, address, driver license number, or social security number – a federal law titledthe Drivers Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) was adopted in 1997.

Infotracer’s plate lookup tool displays the driver’s information, vehicle service and sales history plus further vehicle information with a quick search by either plate number, plate image, or VIN number. Access to this data is restricted by the permissible uses that a person has to have according to DPPA (insurance companies, licensed investigators, legitimate government purposes, market research, or consent from the respective individual).

Common Questions About License Plate Lookup

How To Lookup A License Plate?

All you need to perform a license plate lookup is the license plate number and the state. Findings will help you identify basic information about the vehicle, such as make, model, year, type of engine, mileage, registration status, and more. A good starting point is the Infotracer.com search tool.

How To Lookup A License Plate Owner?

You can start a search on Infotracer.com, yet keep in mind that according to the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) of 1994, the state Departments of Motor Vehicles cannot disclose personal information of vehicle owners except acceptable uses, such as arbitration proceedings, matters of car theft and diver's safety, research, insurance, employment, and other authorized purposes. Therefore, make sure your reason qualifies.

How To Lookup A License Plate Number For Free?

Get access to key information about a car, such as make, model, year, color, engine type and other vehicle details for free, on Infotracer.com. Just enter the plate number and the registration state in our Plate Lookup tool for an insightful online scan.

How To Lookup Who Owns a Car By License Plate?

The Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) restricts the public access to a vehicle owner’s names, address or phone number. Only “authorized recipients” (licensed security services, government agencies, insurance companies, etc.) have lawful right to obtain this info and only for permissible purposes (court proceedings, notice to owners of towed vehicles, employment, surveys, etc.).

Are License Plates Public Record?

In the light of the Driver's Privacy Protection Act (DPPA) basic vehicle details such as make, model, year are a public record, except any personal information about car ownership (name, address, phone number). For full data access, you need legal authorization or written consent from the owner.

How To Understand a License Plate?

License plate numbers (a AAA-001 general format) can indicate the car registration' expiration date (for instance in Massachusetts, 1234 AB expires in April) or the county of registration (either the full name in Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, Mississippi, Iowa and Tennessee, or a one- or two-digit code in Alabama, South Dakota, Montana, Nebraska and Wyoming). Drivers from Georgia can substitute the county name with "In God We Trust", while Florida allows either "Sunshine State" or "In God We Trust" instead.

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