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If you have a license plate number and are looking to find the owner of the vehicle, you probably signed online to see if there is a free license plate search available. There are countless websites that promise to perform a license plate lookup, but the truth is that only a select few provide real up-to-date results, and a real license plate lookup is never 100% free.
Why is a real license plate search online never free?
There are laws that protect driver registration information from being publicly available, so in order to run a license plate lookup, it needs to be processed directly with a state DMV and there is a processing fee.
But I’ve seen websites that offer free reverse license plate lookups.
There are a lot of scam websites that make misleading or downright false promises. Typically, these websites do one of two things.
They might promise to give you results, but the results they end up sending you are not current and they do not contain much useful information. In cases like this, they have usually purchased records from database wholesalers who sell data that is often several years old. A lot of these sites also make it sound like they are going to give you the results for free, until the search is actually run. Then they send you an email saying they’ve located a record and you can purchase it for a small fee. Who wants to pay for an outdated, incomplete record?
Other sites try to get you to pay for a subscription fee, often promising “unlimited searches”. There is no such thing as unlimited license plate searches of current vehicle owner information. These sites trick people into paying for a subscription, and then customers are sent links to other websites that either require more money or send out those bogus results mentioned above.
So where exactly can I go online to run a license plate search?
If you want to run a license plate search in order to find or verify the owner of a vehicle, you’ll want to find licensed private investigators that can purchase a license plate search on your behalf with the state DMV. Licensed private investigators are subject to regulation, so you can be confident that the results are real and you won’t be ripped off.
Docusearch is America’s premier online provider of online investigative solutions and you can order a license plate search directly through its website for a one-time $39 fee (Some states charge more). The results are typically provided within one business day and they come directly from state DMVs, so the results you receive are the most up-to-date available.