How to Search a Texas License Plate or VIN Number

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So you want to find out who keeps parking in your space, or find out who owns the car that keeps lurking around your house? You managed to jot down the license plate number, now what? If a crime has been committed the police can run the plate for you. If not, you have to get a little more creative. This article will detail the different methods you can use to find out a driver's name, address, and even the Lien Holder with just the license plate number.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer (possibly)
  • Money
  • Your first avenue would be to go to the DMV and request the License plate information. However, you must give them a reason that you are requesting the information and according to the standards of the DPAA it will have to be legitimate. Reasons include a criminal or civil court procedure, if you are a licensed private investigator or insurance company. It is up to the DMV's discretion to give the information to you and they may or may not consider your reason legitimate. The fee is $3.30 for just the license plate info, more if you want title information or a certified copy.

  • Your next option is to hire a licensed Private Investigator. You can find many listings in your local phone book or online. A licensed P.I. will have the legitimacy needed to get the results from the DMV. However you will get charged for the cost of the information and their time. Be prepared to spend between $150 to $300 to get your information this way. Expensive, but definite results.

  • So you struck out at the DMV, or don't want the hassle of going down there, and a private investigator is way out of your price range? Don't worry you still have some options left. Do a Google search for Texas License Plate Search and you will get millions of results. Now you have to try and not get scammed. Most of these domain names are owned by Net Detective and they will charge you a ridiculous fee and just end up selling you software. Other sites want you to pay a monthly service fee to sign up for their service. But you just want to search the one plate number! There are some legitimate sites, although their prices vary greatly. texaslicenseplatesearch.net is one legitimate site. They charge $8.00 per search, but results take 3 weeks. govdmvrecords.com are another search site, it costs $29.95 for 5 years of access to their database. Another site is 999licenseplatesearch.com like the web address says, it charges $9.99 for each search and results are returned within 24 hours. This site also allows searches by VIN Number.

  • So if you don't have a friends that are police officers, and you have a personal rather than professional or criminal reason for your research your best bet is the internet.

Tips & Warnings

  • There is no such thing as a free license plate search. They will steal your information or direct you to a site that does charge. Doing this kind of research always costs money, no matter who does it for you.
  • Photo Credit licenseplateinfo.com
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