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Free License Plate Lookup and Report Bad Drivers

Our license plate search engine is in BETA development, if you notice any issues, please let us know using our Contact form is a free resource to search by license plate numbers and report bad drivers. If most cases the website will identify the car and its basic information. If other users have submitted any reports about the car, images, videos, comments or even related websites, you'd be able to see that information. Please use this license plate lookup service at your own risk, we do not warrant the validity of this information, nor we guarantee accuracy of the details.

License plates (aka vehicle tags,vehicle registration number, number plates, etc.) have been around since 1893. New York was the first state to require license plates on vehicles in 1903. But back then license plates were not government issued, Massachusetts was the first US state to provide government issued license plates.

What does a license plate search result provide?

When you do a reverse license plate search on FindByPlate, you will receive a report about vehicle information, recalls, vehicle sketch and image. In many cases, if the vehicle was previously reported, you'd see images and videos submitted by our community, read comments and feedback, view related resources and more.

If you'd like to receive additional information, you may try contacting your state or local DMV or your local police department. They can provide additional information upon request and sometimes for a fee. All the information displayed on our website is public records. 


Vanity and Specialty Plates

In most countries and states people can pay extra for vanity registration plates with custom characters or numbers. For example a vanity license plate may read "MY RIDE". In most countries and states profanities, obscene or offensive words or meanings.


Temporary Registration Plates

Some states now require temporary license plates on newly purchased or leased vehicles. Temporary tags have an expiration, usually it's 90 days (may differ from country to country or state to state)


Why Should I Report Bad Drivers?

According to U.S. Department of Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are more than 35,000 fatal crashes in United States each year (average based on data from 1960-2017), and there are over 3 million people injured each year. There are more that 270 million vehicles registered in US. 


Report Your Uber or Lyft Driver

Did you know that when you check your Uber or Lyft driver license plate through the app, you don't always see the actual reviews. People refrain from posting bad reviews as the drivers would know who posted the bad review. But through you can stay 100% anonymous when posting reviews. 


Searching for License Plate Owner Information?

We constantly get emails from our users, asking us to publicly show license plate owner information, but it's not that easy. We have prepared a quick introduction to laws and regulations governing license plate owner information

How's My Driving?

Most probably you see at least one such vehicle that has a "How's My Driving?" decal on it, make sure you don't submit fake reports, but if you are planning to report, make sure to post on as well!!!


Don't know the state?

If you are unsure of the state where the license plate was issued, you can check our License Plate Designs in the USA page.


How to lookup a license plate

Do you need to lookup information based on a license plate? FindByPlate will do the work for you to find available plate information, for you, for free!

Here is a step by step guide on how to search license plates and report bad drivers:


  1. Open a web browser
  2. Go to
  3. Enter the plate number and select state
  4. View the report
  5. View images submitted by the community
  6. View videos submitted by the community
  7. Add comments
  8. Add pictures of the vehicle
  9. Add videos related to the vehicle



Is it legal to look up someone's license plate?

It is perfectly legal to run any license plate as it is a matter of public records. But if you are trying to retrieve personally identifiable information (PII), then you should have specific DPPA reasons for it. The permissible use cases are:

So running a license plate search is perfectly legal, unless you want to find out personally identifiable information, which is still legal if you have a DPPA permissible use case.

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