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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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Arkansas Public Records - Business Licensing Edit

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Physical Address:
Secretary of State State Capitol, RM 256 Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Contact: P: 501.682.1010

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The Indiana Professional Licensing Agency strives to provide effective administrative support to professional licensing boards and commissions in an effort to deliver competent consumer services to the citizens of Indiana. Online services include license renewal, searching and verifying licenses, digital certification of licenses, ordering and printing licenses, downloading license files, license litigation, and more. Find out how to renew your professional license online. Learn about drug test

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Professional Licensing Agency 402 West Washington Street; Room W-072 Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
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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

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Professional Licensing Bureau 1918 SE Hulsizer Road Ankeny, Iowa 50021
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The Kansas Department of Revenue provides vehicle services to Kansas residents including driver licensing and commercial driver licensing. Learn how to renew your tags online. Find driver's license station locations, information about revocations and suspensions, policies, and answers to frequently asked questions. Vehicle registration services include distinctive license plates, personalized plate lookups, vehicle titling, and records requests. Find organ donor information, forms, and electron

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Driver's Licensing Docking State Office Building 915 SW Harrison Street 1st Floor Topeka, Kansas 66625
Contact: P: 785.296.3963 F: 785.296.0691 E: dl@kdor.ks.gov

Mailing Address:
Driver's Licensing Docking State Office Building P.O. Box 2188 Topeka, Kansas 66601-2128

Massachusetts Public Records - Division Of Professional Licensure Edit

The Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure provides resources for consumers, businesses, and licensees. Online services include checking a professional license, changing your address, locating licensed professionals, license renewal schedules and fees, online disciplinary actions searches, and access to the Monthly Digest of Disciplinary Actions. Perform a public record request, file a complaint about a licensee, or request licensee databases. Find local agencies and offices.

Physical Address:
Division of Professional Licensure Boston Office 1000 Washington Street, Suite 710 Boston, Massachusetts 02118

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