California License plate lookup

California license plate lookup

Using our free license plate lookup California tool, you can discover more about the vehicles history and previous owners.

Importance of California license plate lookup

There are many reasons why you need to know the owner of a license plate. This could be for due diligence of a car that you are interested in buying, or can be to report a bad driver. It is also possible that you are just curious about the previous owner. Using our free license plate lookup California tool, you can learn more about the vehicles history and previous owners. Aside from a license plate lookup, You can also get vehicle history report by using our advanced VIN Check tool.

Title and Vehicle Registration in California

The car license plate that you want to lookup must have a valid California registration. The title is proof of ownership that the owner must-have. A valid California registration is necessary to operate on California roads. To complete registration, you need to have a California Certificate of Title.

Once you have the California title and registration of the vehicle, then you can apply for a license plate. You can use our free DMV license plate lookup California tool to learn more the previous history within minutes.

If you are looking to renew your existing car or truck registration in California, then you can apply on California DMV website for online registration renewal with the help of only your registered license plate number.

Types of License Plates in California

You can use our California license plate lookup to identify which type of license plate the vehicle has. California license plates have different types ranging from standard to specialized. You can choose to change the license plates but first, you will need to learn what type it is. You can do it by using our license plate lookup for vehicles in California or anywhere in United States.

List of California license plate types:

  • Standard CA License Plate
  • Special CA License Plate
  • Personalized CA License Plate
  • Special Interest CA License Plate 
  • Commercial CA License Plate

You can learn more about the specific type by using our CA license plate lookup. You can also check the use of different types of  CA license plates at CA DMV website.

Search license plates from any city in California:

Los Angeles
San Diego
San Jose
San Francisco
Long Beach
Santa Ana
Chula Vista
San Bernardino
Santa Clarita
Moreno Valley
Huntington Beach
Santa Rosa
Rancho Cucamonga
Garden Grove
Elk Grove
Thousand Oaks
Santa Clara
Simi Valley
East Los Angeles
El Monte
Costa Mesa
San Buenaventura (Ventura)
Daly City
West Covina
Santa Maria
Jurupa Valley
San Mateo
El Cajon
Mission Viejo
San Marcos
South Gate
Santa Monica
Santa Barbara
San Leandro
Citrus Heights
Redwood City
Newport Beach

What does a license plate lookup result consist of?

The CA license plate lookup report consists of detailed title checks, lien and loan checks, recall checks,  odometer record including renewal history, and other important elements that could help you find the real value of a vehicle that you are evaluating or if you are simply using our free lookup to know the owner of a car. In general, every license plate lookup contains:

  • Title checks including salvage title and rebuilt title brands
  • Accident history using DMV databases and insurance claims.
  • Personal, commercial, or rental use verifications
  • Accurate and up-to-date market evaluation
  • Service and repair history of the vehicle
  • Auction photos and history for California Auctions including all US States & Canada. 

Can I run a reverse license plate lookup in California? Is it legal?

Yes, you can run a California license plate reverse lookup. It is free if you use our lookup tool and is also legal. In fact, it is highly recommended that you should always run a reverse license plate lookup for any vehicle that you are considering for purchase or simply want to look up. You need the license plate number, state of registration like California (CA), and press enter to get your results.

Why is reverse license plate lookup important?

Our California license plate reverse lookup free tool will provide you the VIN number and a report consisting of title checks, insurance claims data, accident history, service and repair history, and many other important details about the vehicle that you are investigating. Our license plate lookup will also provide auction history with photos which is unique to only our service and is not provided by Carfax or any other vehicle history report provider. Get the facts before making any decision and be informed.

Where to find license plate number?

The number is clearly mentioned on the license plate issued by the California DMV. You can also use our CA DMV license plate lookup service. In addition, the CA license plate number is available on the Certificate of Title also issued by the CA DMV. The Certificate of Title also provides the issued date which can also be an important factor if there are any doubts about license plate number tampering.

Our free California License Plate Lookup report sources

We use a variety of sources to ensure that you get up-to-date and most accurate information. These sources include government agencies and local dealers. Some of the government agencies searched for compilation of your free CA license plate lookup are 

  • National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB)  
  • Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS)
How to transfer License Plates in California?

Using our license plate number lookup California tool, you can learn about the owners and the duration of the previous ownerships along with title check history. Once you have completed the evaluation of the car with the help of our free CA license plate lookup, you can now safely move forward and learn the transfer procedure for California license plates. 

For transferring CA license plate, you would need a transfer of title certificate, a signed copy with the signature of seller, buyer and any lien holders, and the transfer fee submission confirmation. You can also check CA DMV website for further details.

With every vehicle history report, you will get a free bill of sale. Make sure this document is filled for your protection in case if there are issues with the transaction. Having a bill of sale is vital when dealing in cash transactions. 

How to register and transfer car title in California?

The process of transfer of title, vehicle registration and license plate transfer are all streamlined in California. Once you have used the license plate lookup tool and have decided to make the purchase, you can then apply for title transfer with either the California Certificate of Title or an Application for Duplicate or Transfer of Title application. This application should be accompanied with the signed copy with the signature of seller, buyer and any lien holders, and the transfer fee submission confirmation.
Simply visit the local Department of Motor Vehicles to conduct the transaction after your documents are in order.

Buying a used car? Run a free California License Plate Lookup

If you have completed the license plate owner lookup using our free CA license plate lookup tool, then already have all the information you need to understand the worth and the health of the car you are buying. However, if you have not used our DMV license plate lookup CA service yet, then just enter the CA license plate number and get your free report.