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How Does One Reverse Lookup License Plates?

Anyone know? Thanks!



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Depends what you want to do

If you're just upset you could always go to platewire.com and use the power of embarassment.

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Have any friends who are cops? Friends of friends who are cops? Anyone here who is a cop? Anyone here who is a friend of a cop?
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It used to be you could look up for the county at the clerk's office.
Now they are private supposedly to protect people from stalkers.
What they have done is protect criminals and stalkers.
It protects people buying drugs, prowling, stalking, etc.
Another showboat law.
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Maybe you could take the VIN to a friend at a Porsche/Audi dealer and run it for the service history. I almost bought a CPO BMW a couple years ago, and they ran the VIN and the original owners name and address was printed at the top of the sheet.

You could be a good citizen and say something like, "I was following them and a teddy bear flew out the window, and I'd love to be a hero and get teddy back home...".
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I think it's confidential now. You probably have to fill out some form with the DMV to get the information.

I heard in CA that use to be an open public record but I think it was changed after that actress, Rebecca Schaeffer* was killed. I believe the guy used DMV records to find out where she lived.

And the law makes sense. Imagine what would happen if somone who's car got keyed got the information of the guy that did it?

*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rebecca_Schaeffer

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county courthouse may have it for a small fee.
dmv will usually do it if you can prove one of the following
  1. Use by a court, law enforcement agency or other government agency.
  2. Use for any matter of motor vehicle or driver safety or theft to inform an owner of a towed or impounded vehicle; or by an employer or insurer to obtain or verify information relating to a holder of a commercial driver's license.
  3. Use in the normal course of business, to verify the accuracy of personal information submitted by the individual to the business and, if the submitted information is incorrect, to obtain correct information, but only for the purpose of preventing fraud by, or pursuing legal remedies against, the individual.
  4. Use in connection with a civil, criminal, administrative, or arbitral proceeding.
  5. Use in research or in producing statistical reports, but only if the personal information is not published, re-disclosed, or used to contact any individual.
  6. Use by an insurer or insurance support organization, in connection with claims investigation activities, anti-fraud activities, rating or underwriting.
  7. For any other use if the motor vehicle department has provided a notice that personal information may be disclosed to any business or person and has provided an opportunity to prohibit such disclosures.
  8. Use by a licensed private investigative agency or licensed security service for a purpose permitted in items 1 through 7 above.
  9. Written consent of individual.
then all the online plate searches, some of them are junk ,netdetective is one of the better i'm told

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How Does One Reverse Lookup License Plates?
You can find the smog history, make, model, and the VIN number for California registered vehicles here: http://www.smogcheck.ca.gov/vehtests/pubtstqry.aspx

I believe for a fee, you can also find the owner and detailed car information by visiting the DMV in person but you will need a valid reason such as confirming ownership of a car that you want to buy or something like that.

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Here ya go:

http://reverseindexlookup.com/www2/i...number&pnbfs=0

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Is this site legitimate?:

http://www.reverseanylicenseplate.com/

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Is this site legitimate?:

http://www.reverseanylicenseplate.com/
same as netdetective.com

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Just kidding... be safe with whatever you're planning on doing.

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By the way, I needed the info for a plate once for a police report. I just walked into my local police station and they gave it to me.

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I called the police in another state.
Sometimes it depends on who you talk to.
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It used to be you could look up for the county at the clerk's office.
Now they are private supposedly to protect people from stalkers.
What they have done is protect criminals and stalkers.
It protects people buying drugs, prowling, stalking, etc.
Another showboat law.
This is ridiulous, if you see a crime committed in a vehicle, call the police they can easily look it up. There is no reason for you need to know my name and address unless we have an accident together.

If you want your information public write your name and adddress on the side of your vehicle but please don't make my information public, I want mine private.
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In Switzerland they publish a directory of license plate numbers so that one can look up the plate of an offending driver they encounter, and call them on the telephone to discuss their displeasure with them. I bet it would reduce a lot of the rude a**&^%s we see on the road, being that they are no longer anonymous.

Besides, in my experience, the police are worthless. A couple of years ago I was involved in a hit and run, I followed the assailant (stupidly) until they stopped the car and one of them punched me (yes, I learned my lesson) and the police took 30 minutes to respond despite the very close proximity of the station, the car was not stolen, they had all the owners info, and they never followed up with the driver. When I called the "detective" he told me that he had 24 other cases on his desk, (basically "F%^& off"). That same day I saw SEVEN officers on the side of the road clocking drivers on the highway on my 10 mile dreive home from work (where there are very few accidents already anyway).

Check the VIN of the Lotus you're considering buying

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Some crimes the police aren't interested in.
Call them up about suspicious activity in your area or a parking lot accident.
I think the driving reason for private license plates here is customers for prostitutes.
With the new laws, it has become very difficult to identify stolen cars and isolate innocent from guilty for neighborhood groups.
So a great deal of police time gets wasted AND most of it never happens.
It is a terrific boon to criminals.

I once caught someone from a neighboring town spying on me (and very poorly too) because I was a witness in a police violence and corruption case there.
The police here refused to press charges because it involved corruption.
They backed off only because I had been able to identify one of the criminals spying on me.
You will find a similar pattern in many stalking cases too.

A common use is to track criminals casing a neighborhood.
For example, if a car prowling constantly traces to a real estate agent,
it is pretty safe to assume we can focus on other problems.
Until I have something to report, the police MAY write it down and then they will do nothing, until there are more crimes.
If you think the police do these things, you are deluded or live somewhere with a better police force than most places have.

Just as real estate information is public for valid reasons, there is no reason to hide your identity if you are using public roads.
No one is forced to use a car.

If it bothers you, there are many ways to scrub your information.
But why?
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No one is forced to use a car.
I don't where you live, but there are very few places in the USA where you can get by without using a vehicle.

Check the VIN of the Lotus you're considering buying

https://www.lotustalk.com/forums/f3/h...hl30039-66280/
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I live in one of those for now.
But you give up some privacy when you do things that affect other people.

You can always drive a vehicle you don't own.
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