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Free Reverse License Plate Lookup

Updated on June 16, 2010

A license plate number is a very important piece of information. Those combinations of letters and numbers on the back of your car mean more than just a nonsense plethora of words. It is a unique identifier. It identifies you to your vehicle. Every time the police pulls you over, they run a check on your license plate to make sure you are the owner of that vehicle. If not, then you’re in trouble. The license plate number can also be used to identify a stolen vehicle. Other uses include identifying a driver of a vehicle. For example, if you were involved in a hit and run, if you wrote down their license plate information, you can look that up and get the driver’s information. This information would include their address, registration, vehicle make and model, etc.

For the police to get information through license plates, it is easy. All they have to do is put the number in their database and do a search. For an average Joe like yourself who wants to do a search, it’s not so easy. The DMV doesn’t give out this information otherwise it would be in violation of some privacy act. So how would you go about doing a free reverse license plate lookup? You can’t really. In fact, if you want to do a reverse license plate lookup, you’ll most likely have to pay for it.

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There are two ways you can do a reverse license plate lookup. The first way is to hire a private investigator to do it for you. The other way would be to pay for a service and lookup the license plate yourself. If you hire an investigator, it would certainly cost more. But you also get the benefit of someone that knows what they are doing and has the resources to do it. They probably have access to the police database to find license plate information. Before you hire an investigator, you should do a background check on the person. Check out court records to see if they have gotten sued. Then check out whether they have a license to be a private investigator.

If you go through a reverse license plate search service, it is definitely less expensive but their database of information may or may not have what you are looking for. That of course depends on the service, if you find a top quality service, then you’ll probably have access to information like the police. Of course, before paying for any license plate search service, you should check up on their reliability. This means read some reviews online about the company. See if they provide the information that you want and where or not their customers are happy. Once you are satisfied with what you see, you can go ahead and use the license plate search service.


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      ray ray 7 years ago

      nothing is free,not even water!!!

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      Susan 7 years ago

      Very lame

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      mark 7 years ago

      title of the article mentions 'FREE" but never mentions a free service.. lame

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      TroyM 7 years ago

      Didn't know this was available, thanks! Nice Hub :)

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      Ron 7 years ago

      The title of this article is, "Free Reverse License Plate Lookup;" however, the article discusses hiring an agency versus paying for an on-line service? Also, it does not list a service specifically.