How to Track Down a Vehicle Owner

by Steve Smith

There are several ways to locate a vehicle owner using either the car's vehicle identification number (VIN) or license plate number.

Locate the VIN, which is printed along the inside of the car's door frame. If you cannot open the car door, the VIN is also located on the dashboard near the windshield.

Copy down the license plate number. Make sure the plates are current by checking the registration year sticker on the corner of the plates. You will only be able to locate an owner using the current license plate tags.

Visit a reverse VIN or license plate research website like License-Plate-Search.org. This service gives you the owner information from the current license plate or VIN. You can also go to a complete car history report site like Carfax.com. This will list the vehicle owner information along with the car's accident history, and it is less expensive.


  • Search for the person using a people finding service like Zabasearch.com or the white pages if the address information on your report is not up to date.

About the Author

Steve Smith has published articles on a wide range of topics including cars, travel, lifestyle, business, golf, weddings and careers. His articles, features and news stories have appeared in newspapers, consumer magazines and on various websites. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from University of New Hampshire Durham.

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