Iowa Free License Plate Lookup
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VinCheck.info offers free license plate lookup that will reveal past ownership, title information, liens, odometer reading and salvage records. Search license plates registered in the state of Iowa:
The Iowa Department of Transportation has records that may guide you with your vehicle shopping. You may call at 515-237-3110 for inquiries about vehicle registration. Visit the Help Center page if you need further assistance.
Iowa License Plates & Placards
You must register your vehicle if you have a long-term use for it in Illinois. Once your registration is complete, you will be given a temporary registration permit. You can use the permit for 90 days while waiting for your license plates to arrive. The Secretary of State Office of Illinois is the official provider of license plates in the state. The plate’s serial format has three letters and four numerical digits. Vehicle owners must display two plates on their vehicles. One plate on the front, while another on the rear.
A duplicate/replacement order for a stolen or lost plate can be requested, but the local authority must be notified of the incident.
Types of Iowa License Plates
There are (72) plate designs being issued in Iowa. Requirements may vary for each plate design.
|Regular County Design||DNR – Goldfinch|
|Breast Cancer Awareness||DNR – Eagle|
|Cattlemen Care||DNR – Pheasant|
|Choose Life||DNR – Trout|
|Decal||Organ and Tissue Donor|
|Ducks Unlimited||Share the Road|
|Fallen Peace Officer||Amateur Radio Call Letter|
|God Bless America||Emergency Medical Services|
|Iowa Ag Literacy, FFA & 4-H||Fire Fighter|
|Iowa Heritage||Persons with Disabilities plate and sticker|
|Love Our Kids||Professional Fire Fighter|
|DNR – Deer||“Sample” Iowa plate|
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PLATES
|Buena Vista University||Luther College|
|Central College||Mount Mercy University|
|Coe College||Simpson College|
|Cornell College||University of Dubuque|
|Des Moines University||Upper Iowa University|
|Dordt College||Wartburg College|
|Drake University||William Penn|
|Graceland University||Iowa State University|
|Grand View University||University of Iowa|
|Grinnell College||University of Northern Iowa|
MILITARY SERVICE PLATES
|Bronze Star||Retired Marine|
|Ex-Prisoner of War||Retired Navy|
|Gold Star||Air Force Cross Medal|
|Iowa National Guard||Airmen’s Medal|
|Legion of Merit||Service Cross Medal|
|Air Force||Navy/Marine Corps Medal|
|Army||Navy/Marine Corps Medal|
|Navy||Navy Cross Medal|
|Pearl Harbor||Soldier’s Medal|
|Purple Heart||Silver Star|
|Retired Air Force||Veteran’s Plate|
|Retired Army||Disabled Veteran|
|Retired Coast Guard|
Transferring of License Plates in Iowa
A plate transfer should be indicated on the registration receipt upon vehicle sale. You may visit the How to Sell Your Vehicle in Iowa page to learn more about license plate transfer in the state.
More Resources for Iowa Drivers:
- Iowa Driver’s License/ID
- Iowa License Plates
- Iowa Vehicle Registration
- Iowa Electronic Lien & Title (ELT)
- Iowa Winter Cost Calculator
- Iowa Driver Manual
Buying a used car in Iowa? Don’t make a costly mistake. Run a Free License Plate Lookup for your Iowa-registered vehicle!
- Check for accidents. Every year, approximately 6.0 million automobile accidents are reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- Check for title brands. Flood, hail-damage, and salvage titles are examples of critical title brands.
- Check for special purpose designations, including taxi-use, rental-use, or police-use.
- Check for thefts. Lookup a VIN to check for an active theft or previously recovered theft record.
Run a Free Iowa License Plate Lookup to uncover the full-story of your Iowa-registered vehicle.