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Discover the truth about any car before purchasing, regardless if it came from a dealer or private seller in Arizona. Check the license plate number to get a free vehicle history report. 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 Arizona:

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Likewise, Arizona DOT contains public records associated with Arizona registered plates. Their records can supplement your information needs about a certain car. You may relay your inquiries in person (office visit). Alternatively, you may contact them via online correspondence (web visit), snail mail, email, or through their office hotline at: 602.255.0072.

Arizona License Plates & Placards

Individuals are required to register their out-of-state vehicles upon acquiring residency in the state. The state will only allow you to drive your car for the titling/registration process if you can secure a Restricted Use 3-Day Permit. The car must also undergo the state’s emission testing requirement before it can be registered or titled. Documents about car insurance, ownership, and others might be required for registration/titling. If you acquired your car from a licensed dealer, you may ask for a Temporary Registration plate while waiting for the license plate to arrive. The standard Arizona license plate has three letters and four numbers. Each Arizona-registered car must have a rear license plate to operate. Arizona license plates are produced by the state’s Department of Transportation.

If your Arizona license plate has sustained damage or was lost, you may inquire for replacement.

Types of Arizona License Plates

You can select among the seven (7) plate types available in the state of Arizona. Requirements may vary for each plate.

  1. Standard
  2. Education
  3. Military
  4. Government
  5. Organization
  6. Special Causes
  7. Other

Personalized plates can be acquired through online application, or by filling out the application form which you may submit to the designated recipient.

Transferring of License Plates in Arizona

In general, a license plate can be transferred from one vehicle to another. You can submit a request for plate transfer to Arizona DOT if you meet the requirements. To learn more about transferring license plates in Arizona, visit the Buying and Selling Your Vehicle section.

If you have acquired your car from a dealer, the staff will usually handle most of the paperwork associated with plate transfer. The dealer may hand over a Temporary Registration Plate while waiting for your request to be completed. Once you have received your new registration, you may replace the temporary plate with the one you applied for the transfer.

To learn more about transferring license plates in Arizona, visit the Buying and Selling Your Vehicle section.

Titling Requirements and Procedure in Arizona

In Arizona, a person must apply for a vehicle title at the nearest MVD Office or other authorized entity within 15 days of becoming the new owner of a vehicle. The applicant will be penalized if the title application is submitted beyond the prescribed period.

Request a duplicate if the current title is damaged or missing. You may need to surrender your damaged/expired title if it is still intact. Make sure the car is free of any lien. Otherwise, the duplicate title may go the lienholder. Indicate on the legal status section of the title application form if a car is shared with more than one owner.

Depending on the legal status, the signatures of any or all parties might be required upon transferring the ownership of the vehicle. Check the Title and Registration FAQ section for more information about a car’s legal status.

More Resources for Arizona Drivers:

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  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 Arizona License Plate Lookup to uncover the full-story of your Arizona-registered vehicle.

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