Check The History of a Car Before Buying

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  • 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!


New Mexico VIN numbers are used to track the life of a car. A VIN number lookup report can tell a vehicle owner about the history of a vehicle and is an excellent way to check for problems with a car. Also, knowing the history of a vehicle is beneficial when shopping for auto insurance. You will better know how much you can expect to pay given the condition of the vehicle.

Get Your VIN Check Online

Residents can get a VIN history report through a professional online service, by mailing the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), by appearing in person at the MVD office, or by faxing a form to the MVD office in Santa Fe.

How to Conduct a New Mexico VIN Number Lookup Online

Ordering a VIN report online is the quickest way to get a vehicle’s history. When motorists order a VIN number check online they receive the most up-to-date history of a vehicle, in real time. The online service provides detailed, comprehensive information about a vehicle, which state ordered history checks do not. With an online VIN code lookup, vehicle owners will get information about the vehicle’s:

  • Safety.
  • Recalls and defects.
  • Accident history.
  • Title information and sales history.
  • Theft status.
  • Odometer reading.
  • Insurance reports.

How to Request a New Mexico VIN Code Lookup in Person

Ordering a VIN number check at an MVD office will take a significantly longer amount of time than ordering online. New Mexico VIN searches are conducted by a certified VIN inspector. In most cities, you need to make an appointment with the MVD office ahead of time. If there is anything suspicious about the VIN, such as the numbers are not the same in all areas of the car, or if the VIN on the dashboard is damaged or unreadable, you may be required to take it to a law enforcement agency. There is a fee for each VIN number search and each appointment. These fees are normally much higher than fees charged by online services. Furthermore, you will have to wait to receive your report.

How to Request a New Mexico VIN Lookup by Fax

To receive partial VIN history information, you can make requests by fax. The New Mexico MVD allows you to fax a request form to the MVD office in Santa Fe. You will first have to get the correct form either from the NM MVD website or by picking one up at your local MVD office. There is no one VIN history report that will provide comprehensive information on a vehicle. The different types of report that motorists can order include the following:

  • Vehicle Registration Application
  • C.I.C. (National Crime Information Center) Certificate of Clearance
  • VIN Request for Vehicle Identification Number Verification
  • Odometer Disclosure Statement
  • Release of Lien

Don’t have access to a fax machine? No need to worry, you can easily order a VIN report online now.

How to Request a New Mexico VIN Lookup by Mail

VIN history reports can also be requested by mail. The same forms available for faxing can be used for making mailed requests.

Those who request a VIN number check by mail must keep in mind the extra time necessary for postal service. Requests made by mail and fax must be entered by hand and will also take longer to process.

VIN number lookups through national services is another option for motors who want a history of their car. Two services that are available are:

  • Department of Justice’s National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) – Through this organization, a vehicle owner can find information about the vehicle’s title, odometer data and limited information about vehicle damage.
  • National Insurance Crime Bureau – This organization can provide more damage report including flood damage.

What info is in a New Mexico VIN history report?

As stated above, ordering your looking up VIN number reports from the online service is the most comprehensive and efficient way to get a vehicle’s history. The state does not offer one comprehensive report for a car owner. Using the online service provides a report with in-depth information about a vehicle’s history including (but not limited to):

  • Vehicle specifications.
  • Original window sticker.
  • Title information.
  • Odometer reading.
  • Recall notices from the manufacturer.
  • Towing records.
  • Theft.
  • Inspection history.
  • Accident reports.

Why would I need to perform a VIN check in New Mexico?

Looking up VIN numbers when buying a used car prevents problems later on. Whether a buyer purchases a car from a dealership, an independent auto sales company or an individual, the full history of the vehicle may not be known. It can be helpful to know how many times the vehicle has been sold, if there have been any insurance claims made on it, or if the manufacturer has issued any service bulletins or recalls on it. If you already own a vehicle that you purchased as a used car, checking the VIN report can alert you potential issues with the car.  VIN reports are very useful when an owner tries to sell a vehicle, as well. Providing a prospective buyer with a comprehensive vehicle history report, will build trust and give the buyer more confidence in their buying decision.

How do I locate my vehicle’s VIN number?

You will need to know how to check your VIN number in NM before ordering your vehicle history report. The VIN number is engraved in different areas of your car, and also found on stickers in places. The following are a few areas where you can find your VIN number:

  • Dashboard close to the windshield
  • Left side inner wheel arch
  • Machined area on the front of the engine
  • Driver’s door or post on passenger side
  • Steering column
  • Guarantee and Maintenance Book

Get Your Vehicle History Report Online

Owners of used cars should check VIN numbers in as many locations on the vehicle as they can to make sure all the numbers match. Any mismatched VIN number could signal problems of theft or major repairs.

Vehicle History Report Fees in New Mexico

The fee for a vehicle record report is $75.

Last updated on Thursday, March 14 2019.