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What is a License Plate?

A vehicle registration plate, also known as a license plate, is a unique numeric or alphanumeric combination assigned to every registered vehicle by state and serves as indicators to government officials and law enforcement. Basically, it’s an additional way to detect and identify a vehicle and its owner. Because license plates are publicly displayed, they're often easier to spot and remember than 17-digit VIN numbers.

License Plate by State

Did you know the first registration plates in North America appeared in 1903 in Massachusetts? Though license plates have existed for just over 100 years in the United States, they have developed a distinctive history that has undergone several periods and changes. Nevertheless, today most license plates tend to use six or seven character combinations of letters and numbers. Interesting fact: 20 states – Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia – do not require an official front registration plate, meanwhile, in Nevada front plates are optional unless a vehicle was not designed for a front plate by the manufacturer.

Number Of Registered Vehicles in The US by States

The U.S. number of registered vehicles is rapidly growing, and just like that it’s been registered about 289.5 millions of cars all over the country in 2021.

By the way, the most popular car models are: Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V, Nissan Rogue, Chevrolet Equinox, Toyota Camry, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

What information can I get from a license plate?

A license plate check may be preferable to a VIN lookup simply because it's easier to locate and see, so how does it work? A license plate lookup is a search for vehicle details by entering its license plate number and state into a search tool. The system uses license plate decoder and returns information specific to that vehicle performed on the preliminary search results page.

A license plate search by ClearVin can provide information that would otherwise be hidden from everyone except for the vehicle's owner, including:

Vehicle Specifications
Ownership History
Title Registration Current & Historical States
Miles Driven & Odometer Rollback Checkup
Vehicle Doc Type
Insurance Total Loss
Junk & Salvage Information
Lien & Impound Information
Stolen Summary
Real Car Photos and Auction prices
Safety Recalls Data
Market Values & Auction Price Analysis
ClearVin Vehicle Rating
Title Brands History

ClearVin license plate lookups could help everyone to retrieve vital data about a used car's past and its current condition to make an informed buying decision.

Why do I need ClearVin license plate lookup?

ClearVin license plate lookup offers a plethora of information about license plates and associated VIN numbers history. As one of a few official NMVTIS data providers, we provide trustworthy and up-to-date vehicle records that can help you buy or sell vehicles with confidence. Our data is presented in a multilingual and easy-to-read report, so everyone can clearly draw the necessary insights from it.