License Plate Lookup

Free License Plate Lookup

Search and lookup your license plate number to get a free vehicle history report.

A license plate lookup service allows you to find information about a vehicle using its license plate number. Knowing the history of a vehicle helps you make a more informed decision about whether or not to purchase it. Over the years, pre-owned car sales have exceeded new car sales. In 2021, used car sales in the United States hit an all-time record with 40.9 million units sold. With a more advanced vehicle research tool, you can buy the car you want with confidence. Vehicle information is literally just a couple of clicks away for any of the 289+ registered vehicles in the country. To get a comprehensive vehicle history report, simply run a license plate lookup for any vehicle.

What is a license plate number?

The state DMV assigns the license plate or registration number to a vehicle upon registration. This unique number is embossed or surface-printed on a metal or plastic plate. To identify the vehicle, the plate is mounted on the front and rear or at the rear of the vehicle. Most states have their own distinctive color scheme, logo, and registration number format for license plates.

The Washington, D.C. city government, the federal government, and some Native American tribes issue special license plate numbers. If you want to choose the letter/number combination, you may order for custom license plates or vanity plates.

Look Up a License Plate for Any US State, Any Model or Make

No need to go to your local department of motor vehicles (DMV) or other agencies to check vehicle records. From any location, you can almost instantly run a report for any car. Our free license plate lookup tool supports all types of license plates issued by states as valid identification of vehicle registration and ownership. is a free one-stop shop for vehicle information for any model or make of vehicles that states have allowed to register and operate.

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Where does Get Vehicle Information? regularly gathers vehicle data linked to a VIN or license plate number into its large database. We tap into a vast network of government, auto industry and non-profit sources. By making this database searchable, we give you free access to one of the most complete sources of vehicle information.

Why You Should Run’s License Plate Lookup

Vehicle information is a critical consideration once you have set your eyes on one or a few vehicles. With just the license plate number, unlock the most important details you should know to make a well-informed decision.

  • Vehicle information:
    • Vehicle specifications
    • Equipment details
    • Fuel efficiency
  • Indicators of possible fraud, theft, and other issues
    • Complete NMVTIS vehicle history report:
      • title history
      • brand history
      • salvage or total loss history
      • odometer reading
  • Buyer and seller resources
    • Market value
    • Safety rating
    • Warranty or manufacturer recall
    • Vehicle inspection checklist


Issues DiscoveredDescriptionOdds Ratio
SalvagedVehicle has been wrecked, destroyed or damaged.1 in every 5
RebuiltPreviously salvage-branded car that has passed anti-theft and safety inspections.1 in every 15
AccidentInvolved in a minor or major accident.1 in every 25
Odometer IssuesOdometer reading is not the actual mileage or odometer cannot display actual mileage.1 in every 50
Flood DamageDamaged by flood (specified or not specified whether caused by fresh or salt water).1 in every 100
Owner RetainedDeclared a total loss but the owner maintains possession and ownership.1 in every 200
JunkNot for safe operation; no resale value. Also known as non-repairable, scrapped, or destroyed.1 in every 250
TheftRecord of historical active reports of theft and theft recoveries. 1 in every 250

In some cases, our free license plate lookup may pull up records for more than one vehicle. Based on vehicle information and other details, you should be able to identify which record pertains to the target car.

For answers to the most common questions about renewing your current registration and about license plates (how to apply, renew, replace tags, cost of license plates) at your state’s DMV, click on your state below: