How to find the previous car owners by VIN number in 4 steps
Finding a car owner by VIN Number IS possible, but you will have to jump through some hoops and loops.
Before we get started, I would like to clarify that there is no magical online vehicle report online that will crank you the car’s previous owner information and contact details. Now, since we’ve gotten THAT out of the way, read on to find out how you can find the previous car owner.
Things you will need to find the Previous Car Owner:
A Vin Number of the Vehicle you want to find the previous owner for.
A vin number is a MUST if you’re going to be looking for a car’s previous owner. The Vin Number can be found on the Driver’s Side Windshield, where the dashboard and Windshield. The Vin Number is usually a 17 digit number stamped on a metal plate on the inside of the windshield. If, for some reason you cannot locate it on the windshield, the Vin Number may also be found on the inside of the driver’s side door; either on the pillar, or on the door itself.
Contact the Division of Motor Vehicles (aka the DMV) for the state where your car is registered.
If you’re not sure where to get started, check out the map listed below and click on your state to be taken to the DMV for the respective state. Alternatively, you can see our list of DMV Websites on THIS PAGE.
Ask the DMV to provide you with a copy of the previous titles of the VIN Number that you’re wanting to find the previous car owners for
Request a Title Search for the vin of your car that you want to see the previous owner for.
Some State DMVs will let you do this online, however, do not be surprised if there is a fee associated with it; I’ve seen prices of $15 for this in more than one state.
Once you have the title search results, you can look up the previous car’s owner information that was on the vehicle’s title.
Now, remember; Depending on how old the car that you’re looking up the information for is, you might not get the most up-to-date vehicle history. People move and/or die, and so you might not be able to find the previous car owner. At the same time, the person living there might know where the previews owner moved, or better yet, the person living at the address listed on the title MIGHT BE THE PREVIOUS OWNER. You won’t know until you try, so;
Good Luck on your search for the Previous Car Owner(s)!