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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
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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 access 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.


A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) acts like a serial number, and allows for the tracking of ownership, car accidents, reported damages and titling history of a car. Fortunately, A VIN number lookup is easily obtainable as you can request a vehicle history report online.

How to Order an Online VIN Report in Utah

A VIN lookup can be done online, from the convenience of your computer or your smartphone device. An online request allows you to view a vehicle’s report instantly, no matter where you are.

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Reports are delivered quickly, allowing you to view a report prior to making a purchase at a car dealership or from a private seller, as well as use a report as a form of negotiation if there is a derogatory mark on the report, itself.

What info is in a Utah VIN history report?

By checking VIN numbers in Utah, you can find an abundance of information regarding a vehicle’s history, including ownership details, odometer readings, lien history and title and accident history.

When you look up a VIN, you will learn how many owners a vehicle previously had, as well as what the vehicle was used for in the past. If a vehicle has previously been used as a rental vehicle or taxi, this information will be displayed in the report. Additionally, odometer readings are reported each time a vehicle changes hands.

This is an incredibly important piece of information, as there are individuals who may attempt to fraudulently alter an odometer reading in order to increase the value of the vehicle. In addition, if a vehicle still has a lender listed on the title, it will also show on the history report. It is important to know that a vehicle that still has an unpaid loan remaining can be repossessed by a lender.

A VIN number check will also yield information regarding a vehicle’s title and accident history. Therefore, you will find information about any accidents that the vehicle has been involved in, as well as extensive damages, lengthy repairs, flood damage and whether or not a vehicle has ever been declared as a “total loss” by an insurance provider. A vehicle is considered a total loss if:

  • An insurer deems that the vehicle has sustained so much damage that it is uneconomical to repair the vehicle.
  • The vehicle has undergone flood damage.
  • The vehicle is part of an unrecoverable theft.

If total loss is declared, a salvage title is issued for the vehicle. It is very important that you are aware of salvage titles up front, as a vehicle associated with a salvage title is often harder to sell, harder to insure and may cost higher premiums to insure.

A VIN lookup can also yield a service history, including whether or not the vehicle has undergone regular maintenance. This can help you predetermine how a vehicle has been cared for, and what its life expectancy may be. Get your comprehensive online VIN check.

Why would I need to perform a VIN check in Utah?

Now that you know how to check a VIN number in Utah, it is important to understand why you would need to acquire a vehicle report. While looking up a VIN number can be invaluable in a number of instances, it is vital when it comes to the purchase and sale of a vehicle.

If you are purchasing a used vehicle from a dealership or a private seller, a vehicle report can remove the guesswork from a vehicle’s history, and allow you to make an informed decision regarding your purchase. By becoming aware of any accidents or major repairs that a vehicle has been involved in, you can decide whether or not a vehicle is worth your investment.

It is especially important to request a VIN report if you are considering the purchase of a vehicle from a private seller. As stated previously, a vehicle report can provide valuable information, such as if an odometer reading has been illegally altered, if there is still a lien or lender on a vehicle or if the vehicle has been declared a total loss due to theft. Therefore, requesting a report is the best way to ensure your safety, as well as ensure that you are purchasing the car as advertised.

It is a good idea to request a VIN number report if you are selling a vehicle, as well. A vehicle’s history report can make your car more attractive to potential buyers, as well as boost your own credibility.

How do I locate my vehicle’s VIN number?

In order to obtain a VIN history, you will first need to locate the vehicle identification number on the vehicle, itself, or on associated documents. The identification number can be found on a vehicle’s title and registration paperwork, and within the vehicle’s owner’s manual. Additionally, a VIN is displayed on associating documents, like auto insurance cards.

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Alternatively, you can find this identification number on the vehicle, itself. Generally, that number will be displayed on:

  • The front of the engine block.
  • The front of the vehicle’s frame.
  • The rear wheel
  • The inside of the driver-side
  • The driver-side doorpost
  • The space beneath the spare tire in the vehicle’s trunk

Vehicle History Report Fees in Utah

A certified vehicle history report costs $10.75 in Utah.

Last updated on Friday, January 4 2019.