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What Information Can Be Found in Vehicle License and Registration Records?

License and registration records are typically held by the department of motor vehicles within each state. These offices maintain vehicle records, driver license records, car registration records and other items related to licensing or traffic violations. Though some states have enacted laws that restrict public access to driving and vehicle registration, most states provide the information for free or for a nominal fee. Generally, you may retrieve records by a person's name and birth date.
The type of information that you can find in license and registration records includes:

Driving Record

  • Status and validity of driver's license
  • Previous accidents
  • Points deducted against license

Vehicle (Car, Boat) Registration/History Report

  • Current address of vehicle owner
  • Previous owners of a specific vehicle
  • Recalls on vehicle
  • Reported flood damage
  • Reports of wreck or stolen

How to Conduct a Vehicle License or Registration Records Search?

To search for registration or licensing information on a car or boat owner, you should contact:

  • The relevant state's department of motor vehicles or similarly associated department. The only exception would be within the state of Hawaii, where these records are maintained at the county level.

Vehicle License and Registration Records Resource Links

American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators - An organization that develops model programs in motor vehicle administration, law enforcement and highway safety.


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Georgia Public Records - Department Of Transportation Edit

The Georgia Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining a safe and efficient network of transportation within the state of Georgia. Find information on current transportation projects, special events and news. View Transportation Board meeting presentations, read about upcoming closures and special events. Also access crash data reports, or find out about DOT programs such as the Statewide Transportation Plan, Red Light Enforcement, Ramp Meter Installation and Adopt-a-Highway.

Physical Address:
Department of Transportation One Georgia Center 600 West Peachtree NW Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Contact: P: 404.631.1990 F: 404.631.1844

Georgia Public Records - Vehicle Registration Renewal Edit

Renew your vehicle's license plate online through the Motor Vehicle Division. To qualify for online renewal, you must live in a participating county, have your RIN, and be ready to pay all registration fees and taxes by debit or credit card or electronic check.

Mailing Address:
Motor Vehicle Division P.O. Box 740381 1200 Tradeport Blvd. Hapeville, Georgia 30354

Contact Information:
P: 404.968.3800 E: motorvehicleinquiry@dor.ga.gov

Hawaii Public Records - Medical Licenses Edit

Verify medical licenses for physicians, osteopaths, podiatrists, physician's assistants and more or file a complaint about a current licensee. Practitioners, renew your medical license in the state of Hawaii.

Mailing Address:
DCCA-PVL P.O. Box 3469 Honolulu, Hawaii 96801

Contact Information:
P: 808.586.2708

Indiana Public Records - Bureau Of Motor Vehicles Edit

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles gives residents access to online services such as driving records, vehicle titles, and replacement driver's licenses. Learn about driver's licenses, identification cards, driver records, and suspension and reinstatement. Find information for drivers with disabilities, insurance agents, legal professionals, military families, motorists involved in an accident, new Indiana residents, teen drivers, and voter information. Locate your local branch and find office

Mailing Address:
Government Center North 100 North Senate Avenue Indianapolis, Indiana 46204

Contact Information:
P: 888.692.6841 (Toll Free)

Iowa Public Records - Professional Licensing Bureau Edit

The Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau provides resources for a variety of professional licenses including architects, accountants, engineers and land surveyors, interior designers, landscape architects, real estate appraisers, and real estate sales and brokers. Learn about professional licensing and search the Bureau's complaint index. Perform an online license search and verify a professional license before you decide to do business. Read the Iowa Professional Licensing Bureau Newsletter and

Physical Address:
Professional Licensing Bureau 1918 SE Hulsizer Road Ankeny, Iowa 50021
Contact: F: 515.281.7411

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