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Old 09-16-2011, 08:20 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Is it possible to find who owns a car by searching the VIN number?

My brother-in-law wants to find a 66 Nova that he owned as a kid. If he finds the VIN is there a way to search for the car?
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The Lost Car Registry - Home Try here or you might have luck with you local dmv. I would also prowl nova boards (I am sure there must be some out there)- You might post around the net with a "finders fee" to encourage people to look at vins at shows, or on parts cars they have
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the above suggestions may be your best bets. Most state have privacy laws that restrict the release of such information from state DMV databases.

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the above suggestions may be your best bets. Most state have privacy laws that restrict the release of such information from state DMV databases.

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That's what I ran into here in Missouri. The DMV won't release any information on my car other than during my ownership.
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as an insurance agent I can run vins but only if its insurance related. so unfortunalty I cant do any favors.

HInt Hint: talk to your insurance guy (uhhh i want to buy this car can you run the vin to see if its clear) or if you know a cop maybe he can do you a righteous favor.
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Most DMV's have a 10 year database (Their records are held for only 10 years). Chances are that if the car has been registered within the last ten years and has'nt left the state...You have a good shot at it... Otherwise....You might as well forget about it...It would be like finding a needle in a haystack unless you have the resources of the FBI..
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Most DMV's have a 10 year database (Their records are held for only 10 years). Chances are that if the car has been registered within the last ten years and has'nt left the state...You have a good shot at it... Otherwise....You might as well forget about it...It would be like finding a needle in a haystack unless you have the resources of the FBI..
When I bought mine 5 years ago, it had been sitting in a garage for 17 years and the owner had lost the title. We went to the DMV and they had no record of it in their data base since it was registered so long ago. Fortunately, I got a really helpful person that sugessted we go back to the old microfish records and she found it. It was registered to the guy I was buying it from so we were good. He just applied for a lost title and when it came in, he signed it over to me.
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if you know a cop maybe he can do you a righteous favor.
That's a good idea. I wonder if the database crosses state lines though. I have a friend who's a Sheriff's Deputy. But, I live in VA and my brother-in-law in PA, where the car most likely is.
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I asked my neighbor (a policeman) if he could run my VIN for history. He said their data base only shows current owner and registration. No way to go back prior.
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I asked my neighbor (a policeman) if he could run my VIN for history. He said their data base only shows current owner and registration. No way to go back prior.
That's fine. That's what he's looking for; the current owner. If he finds his VIN I'll see if my Deputy buddy can run it.
Thanks for the info.
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Best bet is to find someone in Law Enforcement to run an NLETS. Won't help you if it's not currently registered though.
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In Virginia, you can go to the local DMV and their is a form you have to fill out and requesting the contact information for the person owner the stated vehicle. There is a fee ofcourse and you have to submit drivers license. I'm sure it varies for each state. I used this process to track down a car that someone on the VMF had been looking for many years... Unfortunately the guy had just sold the car.

In Virginia police can run Vin #'s and license plates ofcourse, but they can get into MAJOR trouble for accessing personal information without cause. There is a national data base for vin # but again, everyone I have spoken to in law enforcement has told me they can only access it for legit reasons...

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I owned a Rangoon Red 65 convertible 1983 until 1994. It was stolen.

In 95 I became a GA State Trooper. I was on the radio on 3rd shift one weeknight and very bored.

I ran the VIN in the NCIC system to see if I might get lucky.

All the bells and sirens at the GBI started going off because they thought a Trooper had the stolen Mustang pulled over.

After dozens of phone calls I finally got the alarms silenced but I got a firm "chewing Out!" ! LOL
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