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Check The History of a Car Before Buying

Is this vehicle safe to buy?

  • Clean Title History
  • Salvage History
  • Accident, Total Loss Events
  • Theft, Open Lien & Recall History
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Each DMV Vehicle History & Title Report checks for:

Vehicle Specifications
Insurance Total Loss
Open Lien Information
DMV Title Information
Odometer Records
Other Information
Salvage and Whole Car Auction History
Safety Recall from NHTSA and Manufacturers
Brand Glossary

Frequently Asked Questions

You ask questions, our job is to answer them.

Where can i find my car's VIN information?

A VIN number records can be found on: The driver's side door, a sticker or a metal plate. The lower corner of the windshield, on the driver's side of the vehicle. Your vehicle title and registration. Your insurance card.

How do i get a vehicle history record?

You can download the most up-to-date vehicle records with DMV.com, or visit your local DMV. A comprehensive VIN history report will protect you from any foul play from a seller, such as: reversing the odometer, not disclosing previous repairs, or hiding accidents that may have damaged the frame or the vehicle.

How to sell your car with a VIN number check?

Preparing to sell your vehicle requires providing car info by VIN to potential buyers. Prospective buyers who obtain a VIN number report will get through information about the vehicle and it's condition. As a seller, you can then effectively address any question or concerns regarding the sale, and also get closer to your asking price.

What qualifies for a refund?

DMV.com stands behind the data provided & we provide refunds in the case of any error in title data is not correct as evidenced by a copy or proof of such data error from a state title document.

Why is my credit card showing a charge for a report that I did not receive?

If you ordered a report for a VIN for which no data was available you may see an authorization on your credit card for the amount of the report you requested. This is an authorization only & will be released by DMV.com within 24 hours. Hold times may vary by individual banks.

Is this a one-time charge?

Please be assured that the charges for a single or multiple Vehicle History & Title Reports are one-time charges. There are no monthly automatic charges or fees. You are only charged for the reports you specifically purchase.

Where does your vehicle data come from?

Vehicle history information comes from many sources including records on file from NMVTIS, state DMV, police records, fire & insurance records, data aggregators as well as many other proprietary sources.

What is NMVTIS?

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) was created through the Federal Anti-Car Theft Act of 1992, to help protect consumers from fraud & unsafe vehicles & to keep stolen vehicles from being resold.

Why did I receive the message 'No Data Available'?

You did not receive a report, & will not be charged, because DMV.com does not have enough information for the VIN you requested. You may see an authorization on your credit card for the amount of the report. This is an authorization only & will be released by DMV.com within 24 hours. Hold times may vary by individual banks.

What is the purpose of NMVTIS?

To learn more about The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS), visit the NMVTIS vehiclehistory.gov website.

Who operates & manages NMVTIS?

The U.S. Department of Justice is responsible for oversight of the implementation & operation of NMVTIS, & works in partnership with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA). AAMVA has been the operator since 1992. To learn more about NMVTIS visit the vehiclehistory.gov website.

How much will it cost to obtain NMVTIS information on a vehicle?

Cost for NVMTIS vehicle history reports vary & are determined by individual service providers. The Anti-Car Theft Act requires that the system be funded through user fees & not dependent on federal funds. For this reason, NMVTIS has been designed as a fee-for-service system.

What's included in my VIN report?

General Information, such as the Summary, Vehicle Specs, Title Information and more!

1. Get Your VIN Check Report Online

Order a VIN check now to discover your vehicle’s complete history. Whether you are buying a car, selling one or simply interested in learning more about your current vehicle, a VIN check can help. Vehicle identification numbers help record important information about a car, including title history, odometer readings, previous owners and much more. A VIN check puts these important details at your fingertips, helping you make informed decisions. Get yours now to access your vehicle’s record online.

2. By Mail

Some people prefer to complete their car-related transactions by mail. However, in the case of a VIN check, there is little reason to use conventional mail to run a car background check. Still, if you have access to a by-mail VIN check service and would like to use it to get information about a vehicle, there are a few factors to take into account. First, make sure you are not on a tight deadline if you are completing a task by mail, since this method usually takes longer than completing a task online. Second, be sure the payment method and information you provide are accurate, as any errors will cause delays.

3. In Person at the DMV Office

Depending on your state, you may be able to request a VIN check in person at the DMV. However, there are a few drawbacks to using this method. The primary one is that DMV lines are usually long and slow, so visiting a DMV location to perform a task you can simply do online will require more time and energy. Additionally, the VIN checks available through the DMV are often not as thorough as the ones available online. Many DMVs provide basic information about a car on their VIN checks, while online services pull together information from various sources, including the federal government and private companies.


You can use a VIN in North Carolina to order vehicle records from the state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The state is required by the Federal Driver’s Privacy Protection Act to reserve access to personal information on DMV records only to qualified individuals or organizations. Limited VIN code lookup services may be ordered through the NC DMV either online, by mail or in person at a DMV office.

To receive VIN history and registration information, you must complete the necessary forms and provide the appropriate payment. The sections below outline the different methods for checking VIN numbers and the types of information available for each method.

How to Conduct a North Carolina VIN Number Lookup Online

The most efficient way to order a comprehensive VIN history report on your vehicle is online. This service provides a full history of your car including insurance claims, manufacturer notices and origin information, theft reports and full title and registration history. Where other methods require separate forms and fees for each type of search, DMV.com’s online search gathers history information from many resources and presents it in one, all-inclusive report. Start your DMV.com VIN number check by clicking here.

Alternatively, you may order an NC vehicle history report from the Department of Justice’s National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) website. This service will provide vehicle title history, odometer data and limited vehicle damage information. Additional vehicle information can be found using the National Insurance Crime Bureau’s online service. This service may provide vehicle damage information.

How to Request a North Carolina VIN Code Lookup in Person

To order a VIN number check through an NC DMV office, you will need to complete the appropriate forms, bring the required payment and visit your local branch. Provide your license number, VIN number, full name of the person to whom the vehicle is registered, the insurance company name and policy number.

How to Request a North Carolina VIN Lookup by Mail

Requesting a VIN lookup title history report by mail also requires completion of an application form. The applicant is required to provide the following information in order to complete the form:

  • Driver’s license number
  • VIN number
  • Full name of the person to whom the vehicle is registered
  • Insurance company name
  • Insurance policy number
  • Include the appropriate fee

What info is in a North Carolina VIN history report?

When you obtain a VIN report through the DMV office, you will receive title history and previous owner information. The report from the state may also include some information on inspections, odometer readings, whether the vehicle was involved in theft or if damage was reported to an insurance agency. However, if you desire a full North Carolina VIN history report, it is a good idea to check additional resources for a full damage, accident, manufacturer and theft history.

By clicking here, you can obtain a comprehensive VIN number report that includes the following information:

  • Original vehicle specification and factory equipment
  • Whole car and salvage auction history
  • All DMV title information
  • Odometer records
  • Insurance total loss reports
  • Safety recalls from government and manufacturer sources
  • Lien information
  • Lemon and brand information

Why would I need to perform a VIN number check in North Carolina?

A VIN lookup report is helpful in preventing registration blocks, especially if you have recently purchased a used vehicle. State law prohibits the DMV from issuing a vehicle registration if there are problems with title history, liens, insurance or inspections. Knowing the full history of your vehicle before applying for registration can prevent unnecessary hassle and save you time.

A VIN number check can reveal problems with the car and is a must in situations where you are considering purchasing a previously owned vehicle. Using a comprehensive VIN lookup service, like the one provided by DMV.com, can alert you to problems with the model, if the vehicle was subject to flood damage, if there are any outstanding liens on the vehicle or even to if the vehicle is stolen.

How do I locate my vehicle’s VIN number?

VIN numbers are most commonly known to be located on the dashboard next to the windshield. What is not as commonly known is that the VIN for your vehicle is located in several different places in your car. The purpose of multiple locations is for theft prevention. Below is a list of some of the locations where you can find your VIN number:

  • The car’s firewall
  • Support bracket for the radiator
  • Steering column
  • On the vehicle guarantee or maintenance manual
  • Machined on a plate on the engine
  • Inside the driver’s door
  • Left instrumentation panel

You can initiate a quick self-check of your vehicle by checking VIN numbers to be sure that they match in the various places where you find the sequence on your car. Always run a VIN history report before buying a used car, whether you are purchasing from a dealer you trust or a private individual. Knowing your vehicle’s history can save you from future hassles and expenses.