How to Check My Florida Tag Number

by Faizah Imani

When you register your vehicle in the state of Florida, you are assigned a Florida license plate. The number on your plate can be used to track the vehicle owner as well as all activity associated with your license plate, including traffic citations and crash records. By default, under the Driver Privacy Protection Act, all information associated with your license plate is protected from the general public. You can unblock your records at any time by submitting a request to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

In Person

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Visit a local branch of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (www.flhsmv.gov). Advise the department representative that you would like to obtain a record of your Florida tag history. To find a branch near you, use the Office Locations tool on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.

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Complete the “Motor Vehicles – Vessels Records Request” form. To complete the form, enter your name and address, along with the year, make, model, license plate number and vehicle identification number, also known as a VIN. In the section labeled “Type of Record Request,” check the “Motor Vehicle” box.

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Submit the completed form and required processing fee to the department representative. Present a government issued photo ID to authenticate your identity. As of May 2011, the processing fee for license plate registration records or complete license plate history is $2. If you want both records, the cost is $4. You will receive a copy of your report on the same day as your visit.

By Mail

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Visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website to download a copy of the “Motor Vehicles - Vessel Records Request” form and the “Individual Request For Personal Information” form.

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Complete the records request form by entering your name, address, plate number and vehicle information. In the section labeled “Type of Record Request,” check the “Motor Vehicle” box.

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Complete the request for personal information form by entering your name, social security number and mailing address. Have a notary public notarize the form.

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Mail the completed records request form and notarized personal information request form to Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Division of Motor Vehicles, 2900 Apalachee Parkway, Mail Stop 91, Neil Kirkman Building - Tallahassee, Florida 32399. Include the required processing fee. You will receive a copy of your report in the mail within two weeks from the date your request is received and processed.

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About the Author

Faizah Imani, an educator, minister and published author, has worked with clients such as Harrison House Author, Thomas Weeks III, Candle Of Prayer Company and "Truth & Church Magazine." Her dossier includes JaZaMM WebDesigns, assistant high-school band director, district manager for the Clarion Ledger and event coordinator for the Vicksburg Convention Center.