Car License plates of the United States

In the United States, license plates are issued by a department of motor vehicles (DMV), an agency of the state or territorial government.

The appearances of plates are frequently chosen to contain symbols, colors, or slogans associated with the issuing jurisdiction. The term license plate is frequently used in statutes, although in some areas tag is informally used. Registration plate is another synonym. Registration number formats, typically alphanumeric, are designed to provide enough unique numbers for all motor vehicles a jurisdiction expects to register.

For passenger vehicle registrations, United States require vehicles to display either one or two license plates (e.g., at the rear of the vehicle only or on the front and rear). In states that require two plates, limited exceptions may exist that allow for only a single plate to be displayed, such as for registration of commercial vehicles, government owned vehicles, dealer owned vehicles, or historic vehicles.

Serial formats of License plates

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  

Online Free License Plate Number Lookup

For the last several decades people have had to visit the DMV and take a number. Then wait in line and finally fill out paperwork to get license plate information. This is now an antiquated means of getting license plate number information. With the advent of the internet and online databases, license plate information can now be obtained online. With our simple form you can perform a free license plate number lookup with from the convenience of your laptop, tablet or smartphone.

Select the first license plate symbol to start the search

What You Can Obtain From a Free License Plate Number Lookup Online

You can find license plate owner information, vehicle information, vehicle history, vehicle description and details. You can also find safety and recall information. With online license plate resources you can save yourself the trouble of visiting the DMV and waiting in line. The only draw back to online database resources is most of them are for reference only and if you need official documentation then the DMV will still be your best option.