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How to Find Out Who Owns a Car

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If you want to find out who owns a car, you’ll have to do some legwork. With the correct pieces of information, you can find that information available from several sources. However, the information is not available to just anyone. To obtain information about a car’s owner from a government agency, you must have a valid reason for your search. If your search is for personal reasons, you may have to hire someone to conduct your search for you.

Step 1

Go to your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). If you know the VIN number of the car, you can fill out a form to officially request information about the car’s current owner. However, in accordance with the Drivers Privacy Protection Act, the DMV can only release the information if your inquiry concerns a theft or the transferal of records into your name.