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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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Arizona Public Records - Health Services Licensing And Certification Edit

Compiled by the Arizona Department of Health Services, this list provides links to additional information on the certification and licensing of child care, behavioral health, assisted living, foster home inspections, long-term care facility licenses, hearing aid dispensaries and more.

Physical Address:
Department of Health Services 150 North 18th Ave. Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Contact: P: 602.542.1025 F: 602.542.0883

California Public Records - Medical Licenses Edit

Ensure that you are receiving qualified medical care by and use this online system to lookup a physician to find disciplinary actions, restrictions, suspensions, or citations. Search by name or by license number.

Physical Address:
Medical Board of California 2005 Evergreen Street, suite 1200 Sacramento, California 95815
Contact: P: 916.263.2382 F: 916.263.2944

Connecticut Public Records - Vehicle Registration Renewal Edit

Use Department of Motor Vehicle online services to cancel lost or stolen plates, file dealer/repairer complaints, renew vehicle registration, or lookup registration or vanity plates.

Physical Address:
Department of Motor Vehicles 60 State Street Wethersfield, Connecticut 06161
Contact: P: 860.263.5700

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

Iowa Public Records - Motor Vehicle Division Edit

The Iowa Motor Vehicle Division provides a variety of services to drivers. Obtain driver's licenses and IDs, vehicle registration, manuals and publications, Motor Vehicle Division forms, statistics, and research studies. Learn about driver's license renewal, driver's manuals, proof of identity, registering a motor vehicle, selling a motor vehicle, specialty and personalized plates, and the Farmer Safety Initiative. In addition to driver services, find resources for motor carriers, motor vehicle

Physical Address:
Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Services 800 Lincoln Way Ames, Iowa 50010
Contact: P: 515.224.9124

Contact Information:
P: 515.244.8725

Contact Information:
P: 800.532.1121 (Toll Free)

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