How to Trace a Moped Title

by Salvatore Jackson
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A Vehicle Identification Number, or VIN, is a 17-digit identification number engraved on all motor vehicles, including mopeds. No two VIN numbers are alike. When registering a moped title, the state agency responsible for registering motor vehicles requires the individual registering the moped to provide the moped's VIN. Because every moped has a unique VIN, it is possible to trace the title of a moped by searching for the moped's VIN. Most state vehicle titling agencies do not provide this service to the public, requiring individuals to use a VIN search services provided by federal agencies, such as the National Insurance Crime Bureau, or private companies such as CarFax.

Step 1

Find the VIN for your moped. On most mopeds, the VIN is located in one of three locations: above the footrest, inside the sundries box or on the main support. If your moped's VIN is located above the footrest, most manufacturers place a metal plate on it to protect and obscure it. If this is the case, you will need a screwdriver to unscrew the plate to view the VIN.

Step 2

Navigate to the website of a VIN search service. Some organizations, such as the VinCheck service from the National Insurance Crime Bureau, offer a free VIN checking service that will tell you whether your moped has been previously reported stolen or declared as a salvage vehicle. Another service, CarFax, will provide additional information about your moped, including the title history, for free of charge.

Step 3

Enter your moped's VIN and pay any appropriate fees. Your 17-digit VIN will not contain the letters I, O or Q. Follow the on-screen directions for entering your VIN and obtaining a report about the prior ownership of your moped.

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