How to Perform a License Plate Search for Your State

(Last Updated On: February 23, 2018)

Most people believe that writing down an individual’s license plate number will lead to discovering the driver’s identity. As if those digits and letters can easily be put into a search engine and the individual’s name will be the obvious result. But the truth is, it’s almost impossible for the average individual to find the identity of an individual using only a license plate number.

In 1994, the United States federal government passed the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act (DPPA), which “prohibits the disclosure of personal information without the express consent of the person to whom such information applies.” Moreover, the ruling covers all “authorized recipient[s] of personal information,” meaning the Department of Motor Vehicles must not provide any information. Quite simply, the DPPA makes it almost impossible for the average person to find any information about an individual using only their license plate number.

But there is a solution to this predicament: the DPPA allows for state-licensed investigative agencies to perform a license plate search. This means that Docusearch can actually perform a license plate lookup for you, ensuring you legally receive accurate information.

Here’s how Docusearch can perform a license plate search for you:

  1. Contact Docusearch with the license plate in which you want to know the owner’s identity.
  2. Wait two to twenty-four hours.
  3. Receive a detailed report containing Docusearch’s findings, including the license plate owner’s name and address, their vehicle information (make, model, year), and the vehicle’s leinholder, if provided.

Three steps, that’s all it takes to legally discover the identity of a license plate owner. Plus, Docusearch’s professional services are extremely affordable, so you receive accurate information without breaking the bank. Whether you want to know the identity of someone involved in a hit-and-run incident, or have any other DPPA-approved reason for needing a driver’s identity, contact Docusearch for a state specific license plate search, and they’ll take care of the rest.

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6 responses to “How to Perform a License Plate Search for Your State
  1. I had an accident with a motor cycle that had a side car on it .IT Happened in western Pa.I have the license No.1966C but I lost the mans name.Please help me if you can. Thank You very much.

  2. We only offer license plate lookups for states that we have direct access to their DMV computer. PA is not one of those states.

  3. Vincent,
    Thank you for your question. We only offer states that we have direct connection with the State DMV. Unfortunately, PA is not one of them.

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