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 Hawaii, the form you need is located here:
Hawaii 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.
Hawaii State Motor Vehicle Agency:
Hawaii Department of Motor Vehicles
1300 Aliiaimoku Building 869 Punchbowl Street
Honolulu, HI 96813
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 Hawaii Department of Public Safety is another agency that keeps driving and license plate related records in Hawaii. Contacting this agency, you may find information related to drivers licenses, registrations, renewals, and more.
Hawaii Department of Public Safety contact info:
Phone Number: 808 587-1288
Office Address: 919 Ala Moana Boulevard, Room 400
Honolulu, HI 96814
Hawaii DMV Online Services
Most Motor Vehicle Agency offices now offer online transactions.
The exact services may differ by state, and sometimes county, but in general, you may be able to conduct some or all of the following transactions online:
Vehicle registration renewal – Vehicle registration should be done for each vehicle one time per calendar year.
Driver’s license or ID card renewal – Reminders are not sent out in the mail, so it is important for each person to keep track of the expiration of their driver’s license. Check the website for all the things needed in order to renew. Renewal can be done up to 6 months before the expiration date.
Duplicate driver’s license or ID card – A duplicate can be obtained.
Duplicate registration certificate or car title – A duplicate registration certificate or car title can be obtained by requesting that information. This can be done on the website and the duplicates are mailed to the vehicle’s owner.
Ordering special license plates – There is the option of ordering special license plates. There are several different types. You can search what plates may be available to you.
Address change notification – If you have recently moved, it is important to report the correct address to the DMV. This will ensure that the proper paperwork, such as registration reminders are mailed to the right address.
Request crash report – A crash report may be requested online. With just a few basic pieces of information, that can be made available to vehicle owners.
Request driving record – A driving record may be requested at any time. If a person is unsure of their past driving record, that information may be made available any time.
Lien check – It may be necessary to obtain a lien check on a vehicle before buying or selling it.
Car title status – Information regarding car title status is available.
Driver test appointments – Driver test appointments may be made.
When it comes to renewing a drivers license or license plates, the DMV, in most cases, will send notification if you’re eligible to renew online. Many DMV branch offices, for example, only allow online driver license renewal every other time.