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To save money, you need to know what prices are cheap, just right, or expensive for certain vehicles being offered to you. You can use your knowledge about a car to strike a bargain in your favor. 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:

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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
Education Shriners
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



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
Loras College



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.

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Buying a used car in Iowa?  Don’t make a costly mistake. Run a Free License Plate Lookup for your Iowa-registered vehicle!

  1. Check for accidents. Every year, approximately 6.0 million automobile accidents are reported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  2. Check for title brands. Flood, hail-damage, and salvage titles are examples of critical title brands.
  3. Check for special purpose designations, including taxi-use, rental-use, or police-use.
  4. 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.

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