How to Check a Florida License Plate for a Registered Owner

By Joey Ricardo - Updated June 16, 2017
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Sometimes you may need to find the owner of a vehicle by looking up the license plate number. For example, you might need to prove the identity of a driver in a hit-and-run accident. If you can find the name of the offender through a license plate search, proving your case to authorities may help you to press charges. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provides a "records request" service for a fee, but you must meet one of the 14 exemptions listed on the back of the form due to the Driver Privacy Protection Act.

Access the Florida DMV website and download the "records request" form. These forms are also available at your local branch office. Make sure to have the license plate number written down ahead of time. Florida DMV does not provide this information by telephone.

Fill our the request form completely and specify the option of "current registration" as your method of inquiry. Enclose a check or money order payable to the Florida DMV, for the amount listed on the website for your records request.

Mail the completed form to:

Division of Motor Vehicles 2900 Apalachee Parkway Neil Kirkman Building, Mail Stop 73 Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0620

Call a DMV representative at 850-617-2000 for information.

About the Author

Joey Ricardo has written online articles about organic living, gardening and society since 2007. Ricardo won a spring writing contest and was a finalist in the top five entries of a new author's contest. Bernard J. Rossi, author and poet, commended her writing skills and encouraged her to pursue her passion.

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