Alabama License Plate Search -- Separating Fact from Fiction
Updated on October 24, 2017
If you’ve got an Alabama license plate number that you’d like to learn more about, the first thing you need to do is learn about the searching process itself. There are tons of websites out there that promise to do a quick, easy, cheap Alabama license plate lookup — but, unfortunately, many of them offer the exact opposite!
What To Look For
Here’s how you can separate fact from fiction when you’re trying to find an Alabama license plate lookup:
FACT — only certain people have access to the Alabama Department of Revenue’s records
No matter what the sales copy on some website tells you, the only way to get accurate, current information about a particular license plate is to go through the Alabama Department of Revenue. The only problem? They only allow certain people to access their records — members of law enforcement and licensed private investigators, to be exact. The only records those other websites can hope to get their hands on are old records, which may be completely outdated — and, thus, completely useless — by now!
FACT — those official records contain a lot of information
Once you hire a licensed private investigator to access the Alabama Department of Revenue’s records, you can learn a whole lot! For example, here at Docusearch, we can tell you who the registered owner of the license plate is, where he lives, when the license plate is going to expire, details about the vehicle the license plate is registered to (including the make, model, model year, and VIN number), along with the names of any lien holders that are associated with the vehicle.
Once you see how many personal details you can get, it’s easy to see why this information isn’t available to just anyone!
Alabama License Plate Lookup
FACT — instant searches aren’t all that helpful
Many of the websites that offer Alabama license plate lookups also offer to give you the information instantly. At first glance, that seems like the perfect solution! However, what they don’t tell you is that providing instant results means linking automated software with a database they’ve created themselves. (After all, they don’t have access to the official records!) So, when you type in the license plate number, their software goes through the database and spits out information.
The problem with this process? We’ve talked about how the information they’ve got has a real chance of being outdated, but there’s another problem — no human oversight. There’s no one around to check the information before it’s sent to you or to make sure there isn’t any other information floating around that the automated software missed. So you may not just wind up with old information; it could also be incomplete information!
Licensed private investigators don’t work that way. Here at Docusearch, we gain access to the Alabama Department of Revenue’s records, and then one of our investigators personally looks up the information that you need. As a result, you don’t have to worry about only getting a portion of the full picture. And, we’ll get the information to you in 2-3 business days, so you can get the accurate answers you need quickly.
FACT — working with licensed private investigators can be affordable
Despite all of the personal service you get, the good investigators will charge you a reasonable, one-time fee for it. For example, Docusearch only charges $39 for each Alabama license plate lookup that you need done.
What are the costs of an Alabama license plate lookup?
FACT — those cheap websites aren’t all that affordable, after all
The pricing and terms we just talked about made sense. Unfortunately, though, you can’t say the same for those other websites! That’s because their pricing terms are usually described in cleverly-worded sales copy.
For example, many of these websites offer very cheap (or even free!) Alabama license plate searches. However, what they don’t mention is that if you actually want to see the results, you’ll have to fork over more money! Some websites even take things a step further and force you into a subscription plan just to see the results. Not only is that tricky, but it’s also a complete waste of your money. After all, how many Alabama license plate lookups do you really need to do? The odds of you needing a monthly subscription are slim at best!
When you do your search this way, you’ll wind up spending way more than you originally anticipated. And, in many cases, it would’ve actually been cheaper to hire a licensed private investigator in the first place!
FACT — the team of licensed private investigators at Docusearch have the training and experience to take care of your Alabama license plate search!