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License Plate VIN / Vehicle History

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License Plate VIN / Vehicle History

How to Lookup Any Iowa License Plate Number

1. Private databases purchase, organize, and sell information to consumers. These databases are run by private companies, not State or Federal government organizations. This is the easiest option for consumers looking for information because it involves the least amount of work.

Our sponsors are an example of a private database that sells information. Simply start your search by typing a license plate number in the search field on the right.

2. Another option is to request the information from the state. For the state of Iowa, the form you need is located here:
Iowa Vehicle Records Request Form

3. One more option is to hire a private investigator. This is the most expensive option, but it could prove useful.

Iowa State Motor Vehicle Agency:

Iowa Department of Motor Vehicles

6310 SE Convenience Blvd
Ankeny, IA 50021



The recovery of license plate records varies by state. In some cases, license plate and driving records may only be accessible by the registered owner of the vehicle. In addition, there may be a fee to access the information.

The Iowa Department of Public Safety is another agency that keeps driving and license plate related records in Iowa. Contacting this agency, you may find information related to drivers licenses, registrations, renewals, and more.

Iowa Department of Public Safety contact info:
Phone Number: 515-725-6182
Office Address: 215 East 7th Street
Des Moines, IA 50319

Iowa DMV 24/7 Website: Online Services, Travel, and Drivers/Vehicle information.
The Iowa DMV has an extensive amount of resources on its’ website, for the public to view, download, or interact with online including information on drivers licensing, how to obtain an ID, Vehicle Registration, Location of DMV’s, Services Offered, Maps and Publications. This website is very user friendly!

The website is available 24/7 online! It is divided into 3 sections: Online Services, Travel, and Drivers/Vehicles. It has an easy menu selection on the home page,

Licensing/ID’s: The Real ID Act is in force, so only specific documentation is used for obtaining a valid drivers’ license or ID. Please view the DL & ID Cards Pamphlet for full details of what is required.

MVD Forms: There are over 500 forms available for viewing or downloading that pertain to the DOT in PDF format.

Services: Drivers’ License Renewal, Electronic Renewal Notifications, Driving Records, Payment of Civil Penalties, and CDL Self-Certification & Medical Examiners Certification are a part of the available online services. Additional online services will be provided soon.

Manuals & Publications: There are 23 manuals or publications that are in a PDF format on the website that you can either view online or download to your computer. Manuals such as the Iowa State Drivers Manual, Commercial Drivers Manual, Truck Information Guide and a Drivers License /ID check list pamphlet. There is also a Senior Drivers’ Workbook, “A safe driving self-quiz with practical tips for driving safer and longer.” A smart idea and very cool!

Maps: This website also has various maps of where Weigh Stations are located, County Treasurer Office locations, Driver License Issuance sites and Motor Carrier Services for the interstate, county and cities.

Data: There are multiple reports on various driver and crash statistics, as well as several years of Seat Belt Surveys available for viewing or down loading in a PDF format.

OWI: Operating While Intoxicated is detailed out on the website, citing the law and the consequences of breaking this law.

Travel: Plan ahead by viewing Iowa road conditions, Construction, and Traffic Cameras! It also includes trip planning, maps and safety information. See reports for the route that you are planning to take using the interactive map. Click on a camera and it displays real time images from the camera allowing you to see traffic and the surrounding area. WOW!