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 Washington, the form you need is located here:
Washington 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.
Washington State Motor Vehicle Agency:
One Washington agency responsible for the administration of Washington license plate and driving related records is the Washington Department of Transportation.
Washington Department of Transportation contact info:
Phone Number: 1-866-936-8246
Office Address: 310 Maple Park Avenue SE
Olympia, WA 98504
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.
Washington DMV Resources
Washington State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is an important place to know since its where you apply for and ultimately receive your drivers license after passing all the required tests that include driving, eye test, and written. If you fail any of the tests you will still have a “time-frame” in which you can return and try again. The Washington DMV is the rulemaker; leave no doubt about that.
Like larger states the Washington DMV has a home office but plenty of satellite office locations spread throughout the state not only in larger cities, but small ones as well. They’re like ants at a lakeside picnic so travel is usually not a concern. Contacting any office is as close as your computer. Speaking of computers, this advanced electronic age allows Washington State drivers and wannabe drivers the opportunity to renew their annual tags online, replace their license or ID cards (good for seniors), report the sale of a vehicle, get renewal reminders by email, get copies of all forms including an SR22, and even register to vote. Washington State DMV also speaks in seven different languages; ergo, nobody is ever left out.
When you reside in Washington State the Department of Motor Vehicles will allow you to do the following:
** Replace a stolen license and update the information if needed
** Enhance your drivers license
** Get an endorsement or permit for your motorcycle
** Get a commercial drivers license
Contacting the Washington State DMV will also allow you to:
** Download a driving record, purchase another person’s driving record, and check the status of a drivers license and/or ID card. This option is not free and requires a small fee.
** Learn how to reinstate your driver’s license, get a restricted drivers license, apply for a hearing if your license was suspended due to a DUI charge, and download SR22 forms and paperwork for free.
** You can avail yourself of “teen” driver safety schooling, and report unsafe drivers.
Finally the Washington State Department of Motor Vehicles also any person to research what the minimum driving insurance requirements are, so be advised prior to seeking car insurance and perhaps save money.
** Liability insurance: $25,000, $50,000 injury – $10,000 property damage
** Comprehensive and collision is suggested but not if your vehicle is over 10 years old
Note: Minimum limits can leave a driver open for financial headaches; so be advised.