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How to Check the Status of an Arizona Vehicle License Plate

by Samantha Herman

According to the Maricopa County Attorney's Office, more than 48,000 vehicles were reported stolen in 2008 alone. Unfortunately, the police cannot be everywhere at once, so citizens must be vigilant in watching for suspicious activity. If you are concerned that someone in your neighborhood is using a stolen vehicle or if someone is trying to sell you a vehicle that you believe is stolen, check the status of the plate before taking any action.

Open your web browser and type "" into the address bar.

Confirm that the state of Arizona is selected under the bold heading "License Plate Number." Type in the license plate number.

Click the "Submit Search" button.

Call 480-WITNESS (480-948-6377) to become a silent witness if the plate does show as being stolen. You can also report your discovery online at

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About the Author

Samantha Herman earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University in 2005. Her professional writing career started in 2008, when she accepted an internship at "Willamette Week," a local alternative publication. Upon completing her internship, she became employed as a copywriter for an internet media company. In addition to copywriting, she has written articles for PDX Pipeline and eHow.

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