What Is A Vehicle License Plate Search?
A vehicle license plate search is similar to a VIN check. You type in the license plate number of a given vehicle, and we provide you with information about it.
A vehicle license plate search is similar to a VIN check. You type in the license plate number of a given vehicle, and we provide you with information about it.
You can learn a wealth of information that has been recorded about the vehicle the license plate has been assigned to. This can include:
People do license plate searches for a variety of different reasons. For the most part, it's used when someone is thinking about buying a car and wants to get the vehicle history before they make a decision. They know that sellers won't always tell them about problems with the vehicle. This is a good route to go, if for some reason you don't have access to the VIN number.
It can also be used if you see someone give your car a minor ding in a parking lot and want to contact them without involving the police. Other people want to make sure that a car that belongs to someone their children may be riding with is a safe car.
It doesn't matter that much why you want to perform a license plate search. It's up to you.
There are many sources we use for our license plate search service. Much of it comes from various motor vehicle departments. Other information comes from insurance companies, and still more comes from service stations. We use a wide variety of sources in our license plate search system, including federal motor vehicle databases.
Yes it is. Various laws including the Freedom of Information Act give people the right to access data collected by the government. This is because the people and equipment used to collect and record the data are paid for with your taxes. Since you paid for the data to be created, the government feels
that you own it and should be able to access it.
Beyond that, the government has an interest in cutting down on used car fraud and auto theft. For that reason, they want you to be able to access this information.
No. Vehicle History is not the only license plate check provider. However, most of the other companies out there will charge you money to check out a license plate. Our service is free, yet still delivers a high level of value. We think that makes us the right choice when you want to perform a license plate check.
Plus, when you are done with your search you can then use us to find additional free information, including any known problems with a given make or model of a vehicle, the Kelley Blue Book value of the vehicle, and the title transfer costs.
In theory you could, but in practice it would be much harder. You'd have to contact every DMV, police department, federal agency, service station and insurance company yourself. That would not only cost you a lot of time, but it would also be fairly expensive. By the time you finished it, the car you were thinking of buying might already have been purchased by someone else!
On the the other hand, when you use our free license plate check service, it costs you no money at all and you get the information delivered to you laptop, desktop or mobile device in a matter of minutes. We think that's a better deal.
Last Updated June 8, 2018
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2. What information does VehicleHistory.com collect from me?
The amount and type of information we gather depends upon your use of the Website and, in some cases, what type of information you choose to disclose. We may collect the following information from you:
We collect information from you when you submit your personal information to us over the Website, such as by providing a review of the Website. Such personal information may include your name, email addresses, phone number, and other information which you voluntarily provide to us.
Information You Make Public
The Website may contain features that allow you to upload, post, transmit, display, perform or distribute content, including personal information about yourself. For example, you may choose to include personal information within your public-facing review, which is available and accessible to all visitors of the website. Any information that you choose to disclose by means of such features becomes public information over which VehicleHistory.com is unable to exercise control. You should take caution when deciding to disclose personal information by means of such features.
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Information Provided by Third Parties
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We currently use Cookie and web beacon technology to associate certain Internet-related information about you with information we already have in our database, for the following purposes:
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4. How does VehicleHistory.com use my information?
We use the information we’ve gathered from you, including through Cookies and web beacons, for the following purposes:
To Communicate with You
We use information gathered on the Website to personalize communication with you, and to respond to your requests for support.
To Improve the Website
We use information gathered from Cookies to keep track of your vehicle search information, such as your preference on what ZIP code to use for vehicle pricing information, so that you do not have to re-enter it within a single session.
To Advertise to You
As explained above, we use information gathered through Cookies and web beacons, including those placed by Third Parties, to deliver ads to you once you’ve left the Website.
5. How does VehicleHistory.com share my information?
To Fulfill Your Information Requests
We may transfer your information to Third Parties when necessary to provide a product or service that you request from us, such as information about a specific vehicle.
To Advertise to Others
We may share your reviews and comments about VehicleHistory.com to advertise and market our products and services. If you want us to stop using the personal data you have provided in these ways, please contact us at support@VehicleHistory.com.
To Our Affiliated Companies
To Our Third-Party Partners
We may disclose your personal information as needed to our Third-Party service providers and advertising partners.
To Comply with Legal Process and Prevent Harm
Although highly unlikely, given the limited information we collect, we may disclose your information to respond to subpoenas, court orders, and other legal processes.
6. How and where does VehicleHistory.com secure my information?
VehicleHistory.com, and the Third Party vendors we use to store your information, employ security measures (such as SSL encryption and HTTPS protocol) to protect against the loss, misuse, and alteration of the information under our control.
VehicleHistory.com stores personal information in the United States. VehicleHistory.com is provided ONLY to users residing in the United States. If you are visiting VehicleHistory.com from a location outside of the United States, your connection will be through and to servers located in the United States, and all information you provide will be processed and securely maintained in our web servers and internal systems located within the United States. By using VehicleHistory.com you authorize and specifically consent to the transfer of personal information to the United States and its storage and use as specified above when you provide such information to us.
7. How can I access or correct my information?
You may access all information we’ve collected about you for purposes of correcting, amending, or deleting such information. Access can be obtained by contacting support@VehicleHistory.com. To protect your privacy and security, we may take reasonable steps to help verify your identity before granting access or making corrections.
Under California’s “Shine the Light” law, California residents who provide personal information to the Website may request certain information regarding our disclosure of personal information to third parties for their direct marketing purposes. To make such a request, please contact us at support@VehicleHistory.com.
8. How does VehicleHistory.com protect the privacy of children?
VehicleHistory.com will never knowingly collect any personal information about children under the age of 13. If we obtain actual knowledge that we have collected personal information about a child under the age of 13, that information will be immediately deleted from our database. Because we do not collect such information, we have no such information to use or to disclose to Third Parties. We have designed this policy in order to comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA).
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DNT is a feature offered by some browsers which, when enabled, sends a signal to websites to request that your browsing is not tracked. VehicleHistory.com does not currently respond to DNT requests.
10. What about Third Party practices?
Third Party Cookies and Web Beacons
Advertising agencies, advertising networks, and other companies (together, Third Parties) who place advertisements on the Internet generally may use their own cookies, web beacons, and other technology to collect information about individuals. Except as expressly provided herein, we do not control Third Parties’ use of such technology and we have no responsibility for the use of such technology to gather information about individuals. It is up to you to familiarize yourself with the privacy practices of such Third Parties.
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The Website and email messages may contain hypertext links to the Website of Third Parties. We are not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such other websites. Linked websites may contain links to websites maintained by Third Parties. Such links are provided for your convenience and reference only. We do not operate or control in any respect any information, software, products or services available on such Third-Party websites. The inclusion of a link to a website does not imply any endorsement of the services or the site, its contents, or its sponsoring organization.
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5. Technology Platform
Without limitation, you agree that VehicleHistory.com is merely a technology platform, and that you use the Service at your own risk and pursuant to Section 10 (Assumption of Risk; Release) and Section 8 (Vehicle Information and Pricing Disclaimers).
Subject to your compliance with these Terms of Service, VehicleHistory.com grants you a non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, revocable as stated in this Agreement, non-transferable license to access the Website, and to use the Service. No part of the Service, including the Website, may be reproduced, duplicated, copied, modified, sold, resold, distributed, transmitted, or otherwise exploited for any commercial purpose without the prior express written consent of VehicleHistory.com. All rights not expressly granted in this Agreement are reserved by VehicleHistory.com. Without limitation, this Agreement grants you no rights to the intellectual property of VehicleHistory.com or any other party, except as expressly stated in this Agreement. The license granted in this section is conditioned on your compliance with this Agreement. Your rights under this section will immediately terminate if, in the sole judgment of VehicleHistory.com, you have breached any provision of this Agreement.
7. Software Updates
VehicleHistory.com reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to update, modify, or remove the features, functionality, or other aspects of its Website and Service at any time.
8. Vehicle Information and Pricing Disclaimers
VehicleHistory.com provides the Website for informational purposes only. All vehicle information, reports, prices, sales incentives, rebate information displayed on the Website are gathered from sources and based on algorithms that are believed by VehicleHistory.com to be reliable (other than user-submitted content, as to which VehicleHistory.com makes no such representation), but VehicleHistory.com does not and cannot verify this information as to each and every vehicle and no assurance can be given that this information is accurate, complete or current. VehicleHistory.com is not responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on any such information or other content. Purchasing a vehicle is a big decision, and it is up to you to confirm any information you receive regarding a particular vehicle before you purchase it.
9. No Reliance on Third Party Content
Opinions, advice, statements, or other information made available through the Service by third parties are those of their respective authors, and should not necessarily be relied upon. Those authors are solely responsible for their content. VehicleHistory.com does not: (i) guarantee the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any third-party information accessible on or through the Service; or (ii) adopt, endorse, or accept responsibility for the accuracy or reliability of any opinion, advice, or statement made by a third party through the Service. Under no circumstances will VehicleHistory.com be responsible for any loss or damage resulting from your reliance on information or other content posted through the Service transmitted to or by any third party.
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You knowingly and freely assume all risk when using the Service. You, on behalf of yourself, your personal representatives, and your heirs, voluntarily agree to release, waive, discharge, hold harmless, defend, and indemnify VehicleHistory.com and its stockholders, officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, consultants, representatives, sublicensees, successors, and assigns (collectively, the "Company Parties") from any and all claims, actions, or losses for bodily injury, property damage, wrongful death, emotional distress, loss of privacy, or other damages or harm, whether to you or to third parties, that may result from your use of the Service.
Currently, VehicleHistory.com does not charge any fee for use of the Website or any Service. VehicleHistory.com reserves the right to add fees or paid Services in the future, at which time this section of the Agreement will be updated and you will be notified before any charges are incurred.
12. Third Party Websites
The Service is linked with the websites of third parties ("Third Party Websites"), some of whom may have established relationships with VehicleHistory.com and some of whom may not. VehicleHistory.com does not have control over the content and performance of Third Party Websites. VehicleHistory.com has not reviewed, and cannot review or control, all of the material, including computer software or other goods or services, made available on Third Party Websites. Accordingly, VehicleHistory.com does not represent, warrant, or endorse any Third Party Websites, or the accuracy, currency, content, fitness, lawfulness, or quality of the information, material, goods, or services available through Third Party Websites. VehicleHistory.com disclaims, and you agree to assume, all responsibility and liability for any damages or other harm, whether to you or to third parties, resulting from your use of Third Party Websites.
13. User Content
14. Your Responsibility for Defamatory Comments
15. Objectionable Content
16. Prohibited Uses
VehicleHistory.com imposes certain restrictions on your use of the Service. Any violation of this section may subject you to civil and/or criminal liability. The following are expressly prohibited:
17. Intellectual Property
18. Disclaimers; Limitation of Liability
19. Your Representations and Warranties
You represent and warrant that your use of the Service will be in accordance with this Agreement and any other VehicleHistory.com policies, and with any applicable laws or regulations.
20. Indemnity by You
21. Dispute Resolution
Remedies in Aid of Arbitration; Equitable Relief. This agreement to arbitrate will not preclude you or VehicleHistory.com from seeking provisional remedies in aid of arbitration, including without limitation orders to stay a court action, compel arbitration, or confirm an arbitral award, from a Court of Competent Jurisdiction. Furthermore, this agreement to arbitrate will not preclude you or VehicleHistory.com from applying to a Court of Competent Jurisdiction for a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, or other interim or conservatory relief, as necessary. "Court of Competent Jurisdiction" means any federal or state court: (1) that has jurisdiction over the subject matter; and (2) that is located in the State of Nevada.
24. NMVTIS Consumer Access Disclaimer REVISED: April 2015
The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is an electronic system
that contains information on
certain automobiles titled in the United States. NMVTIS is intended to serve as a
reliable source of title and brand
history for automobiles, but it does not contain detailed information regarding a
vehicle’s repair history.
All states, insurance companies, and junk and salvage yards are required by federal law to regularly report information to NMVTIS. However, NMVTIS does not contain information on all motor vehicles in the United States because some states are not yet providing their vehicle data to the system. Currently, the data provided to NMVTIS by states is provided in a variety of time frames; while some states report and update NMVTIS data in “real-time” (as title transactions occur), other states send updates less frequently, such as once every 24 hours or within a period of days.
Information on previous, significant vehicle damage may not be included in the system if the vehicle was never determined by an insurance company (or other appropriate entity) to be a “total loss” or branded by a state titling agency. Conversely, an insurance carrier may be required to report a “total loss” even if the vehicle’s titling-state has not determined the vehicle to be “salvage” or “junk.”
A vehicle history report is NOT a substitute for an independent vehicle inspection. Before making a decision to purchase a vehicle, consumers are strongly encouraged to also obtain an independent vehicle inspection to ensure the vehicle does not have hidden damage. The Approved NMVTIS Data Providers (look for the NMVTIS logo) can include vehicle condition data from sources other than NMVTIS.
NMVTIS data INCLUDES (as available by those entities required to report to the System):
Information from participating state motor vehicle titling agencies.
• Information on automobiles, buses, trucks, motorcycles, recreational vehicles, motor homes, and tractors. NMVTIS may not currently include commercial vehicles if those vehicles are not included in a state’s primary database for title records (in some states, those vehicles are managed by a separate state agency), although these records may be added at a later time.
• Information on “brands” applied to vehicles provided by participating state motor vehicle titling agencies. Brand types and definitions vary by state, but may provide useful information about the condition or prior use of the vehicle.
• Most recent odometer reading in the state’s title record.
• Information from insurance companies, and auto recyclers, including junk and salvage yards, that is required by law to be reported to the system, beginning March 31, 2009. This information will include if the vehicle was determined to be a “total loss” by an insurance carrier.
• Information from junk and salvage yards receiving a “cash for clunker” vehicle traded-in under the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Act of 2009 (CARS) Program.
Consumers are advised to visit www.vehiclehistory.gov for details on how to interpret the information in the system and understand the meaning of various labels applied to vehicles by the participating state motor vehicle titling agencies.