There are many reasons why you may need to find the owner of a car, such as for finding people for court cases, fraud, or accident investigation.
My name is Lance Casey and I am a California Private Investigator. Do not consider this article legal advise. This article is for information purposes only.
With over 200 million vehicles registered in the United States and over 15 million added every year, the license plate is a vital part of a car’s identity. It also can reveal more about who owns the vehicle. Although performing a reverse license plate search is easy and quick, the findings are restricted in accordance with the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994 known as the DPPA. The act prohibits the release of personal information only to authorized parties such as government agencies, insurance companies or licensed private investigators. A license plate lookup search will display the relevant information on a car and the owners full name, address and telephone number.
All you have to do is enter the license plate number or vin, the registration state onto our license plate lookup form. Visit our website https://lancecasey.com/license-plate-lookup/ and start your search.
License Plate Lookup
Find Vehicle Owner by License Plate. Search results include Owner Information, License Plate, Registration Expiration, Vehicle Year/Make/Model, VIN
Pursuant to the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994 (DPPA), you may only access vehicle registration information for any of the following permitted uses:
1) Litigation/Pre-litigation: For use in connection with any civil, criminal, administrative, or arbitral proceeding in any federal, state, or local court or agency or before any self-regulatory body, including the service of process, investigation in anticipation of litigation, and the execution or enforcement of judgments and orders, or pursuant to an order of a federal, state, or local court.
2) Debt Recovery/Fraud Investigation: For use in the normal course of business by a legitimate business or its agents, employees, or contractors, but only—
(a) to verify the accuracy of personal information submitted by the individual to the business or its agents, employees, or contractors; and
(b) if such information as so submitted is not correct or is no longer correct, to obtain the correct information, but only for the purposes of preventing fraud by, pursuing legal remedies against, or recovering on a debt or security interest against, the individual.
3) Government Agency: Use by a government agency, but only in carrying out its functions.
4) On Government Behalf: Use by any person acting on behalf of a government or law enforcement agency, but only in carrying out the agency’s functions.
5) Insurer/Claims Investigation: Use by an insurer or insurance support organization, or by a self-insured entity, or its agents, employees, or contractors in connection with claim investigation activities, anti-fraud activities, rating or underwriting.
6) Motor Vehicle Safety: In connection with motor vehicle safety or theft, or driver safety (except by or for a motor vehicle manufacturer).
7) Employment: Use by an employer or its agents or insurer to obtain or verify information relating to a holder of a commercial driver’s license that is required under Chapter 313 of Title 49 of the United States Code.
8) Towing/Impounded Vehicle: For use in providing notice to the owners of towed or impounded vehicles.
9) Private Investigator: Use by a licensed private investigative agency or licensed security service for a purpose permitted in one of the items listed above.
10) Consumer Authority: Written consent of individual. (Copy of signed consent must be faxed to Lance Casey & Associates prior to the request being filled.)
You will be required to select a DPPA Permissible Purpose when placing your order. By inputting your response, you are certifying to Lance Casey & Associates that you are in, and assume full responsibility for, compliance with the DPPA and you agree to indemnify, defend and hold Lance Casey & Associates harmless from any breach of the DPPA by you, your agents or contractors and any damages, fees and costs associated therewith. Information from this file may not be used to determine a consumer’s eligibility for credit, insurance or employment, pursuant to the Fair Credit Reporting Act, (15 U.S.C. Sec 1681).
If you are in compliance with the DPPA, then you can order a license plate lookup from Lance Casey & Associates. As licensed private investigators, we have access to current vehicle registration information on file at your state’s DMV, so you can be confident that the results are up-to-date and accurate.
Q- Can anyone order a license plate search for any purpose?
A- No. Federal law and many state laws limit access to one of the permissible purposes stated above.
Q- How does Lance Casey & Associates verify that the DPPA Permissible Purpose I select is valid?
A- We don’t. By selecting your response, you are certifying to Lance Casey & Associates that you are in, and assume full responsibility for, compliance with the DPPA and you agree to indemnify, defend and hold Lance Casey & Associates harmless from any breach of the DPPA by you, your agents or contractors and any damages, fees and costs associated therewith.
Q- Who sees my DPPA Permissible Purpose selection?
A- Only Lance Casey & Associates. However, if we are audited by any governmental authority or if any criminal or civil litigation arises as a result of your search, we are compelled to provide your identifiable information, including the DPPA Permissible Purpose you selected.
Q- Can I get into trouble for selecting an invalid DPPA Permissible Purpose?
A- Yes. If, as a result of any criminal or civil litigation, it is determined that you obtained protected DPPA information under false pretenses, you could be held criminally and/or civilly liable.