How to Find My License Plate Number If My Car Was Stolenby Peter DreaUpdated June 22, 2023
Search Your Registration Documents
Start your license plate number search with the documents you already possess. This option is inexpensive and saves you time if your car’s records are well kept. To get your license plate number:
- Search for your insurance documents. If you find the proof of insurance card for your stolen vehicle, you can locate the license plate number in the vehicle’s registration section.
- Look for your car’s registration documents, and get the title or the registration card issued by your state’s motor vehicle agency or registry. Peruse horizontally through the first line, and you’ll locate the license plate number on the right side.
The structure and layout of registration cards and titles may vary from state to state. For registrations cards, most states have the information located immediately after the section that shows the date from which your registration is valid. For titles, the license plate number is generally located in the upper section of the page.
Check with Your State’s Registry
If you can’t trace your registration documents, or if your lien holders have the title, inquire about the license plate number for you stolen car from your state’s motor vehicles agency. Here, you have two options.
The Agency’s Website
For some states, the agency's website can be helpful in searching your license plate number. If your state's motor vehicles agency provides the service online, you need to:
1. Search the Website
Type the website address of the agency and press enter.
2. Select a Category
From the options menu, select “Driving History” or “Vehicle Tag Registration.” Entry boxes will appear.
3. Type Your details
Enter your details such as name and driver’s license number into the look-up system.
4. View Results
Wait for your data to load, and download it.
Visit Agency Offices
If you appear in person, a representative will request you to:
1. Provide Identifying Information
Give your insurance information, your driver’s license and documents to prove your address.
2. Complete Requisition Forms
Fill in and sign some forms requesting that you supply your license plate number information.
3. Check Out
Pay the fee for the printout; the fee will vary depending on your state.
4. Get the Report
The clerk can allow you to wait for the printout, or it can be mailed to you.
Use Third-Party Service Options
You can use websites owned by third-party companies to conduct a license plate number search. They offer the service at a fee averaging about $29, at the time of publication, but the cost depends on the report access option you choose. You can select single-report access, such as for one week, or one-month unlimited access. Depending on your preferred website, the look-up systems prompt you for different identifying information. For example:
- To access information at Verispy.com, you’ll need to search using your name. Once you've found the report, check the Vehicle Owner History section to locate your vehicle’s plate number.
- To access information from GovDMVRecords.com or DMV.GovtFiles.org, search using your names or the VIN -- if you had it recorded somewhere safe. Select “Plate Record” to locate your license plate number.
- The look-up system will require you to pay for the services by providing your credit or debit card information. Confirm the pricing before you check out to avoid deductions that exceed your budget.
Peter Drea has been a full-time professional content writer and editor for more than 10 years. He has been published in both print and web publications. He has written more than 20,000 articles, primarily on computers, medicine, health, law and automotive repair.