There are multiple ways to do VIN number check for a California vehicle and learn essential facts about the past of a used car, motorcycle or a truck. The most effective way is to run online VIN checks at the sites of the companies that specialize in providing VIN-based vehicle history reports. There are many companies like that, the largest ones are CarFax and AutoCheck - and their reports include more accident, auction and maintenance records than those from other companies. However, the cost is also higher.
California DMV is not the body that specialized in collecting vehicle history data. DMV offices in different states often fail to share vehicle history records with each other, so the reports obtained there may be incomplete. As a rule, such reports are limited only to title, lien and theft checks. However, if you want to check the VIN at the DMV, on Feb 18, 2010, CA DMV accounted that consumers can access vehicle history data through the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS). There are many online vehicle history companies that distribute NMVTIS reports which include title branding and odometer tampering history.
In California, VIN check report and VIN verification report are not the same things. VIN check helps discover the vehicle’s history, VIN verification confirms the identity of the vehicle and is done by a by an authorized DMV employee, whose purpose is to carefully inspect the VIN and take note of any signs of alteration, tampering or obliteration, and report the incident to the DMV. The VIN is also compared with the VIN that appears on all the vehicle’s documents.
The official CA DMV website is www.dmv.ca.gov
Some car shoppers wondered what a California VIN should look like. There is no such a thing as California VIN (as well as any other state’s). California VIN is the same as all other VIN numbers, VIN numbers do not vary depending on the state - they are assigned when the vehicles is manufactured and remain the same for its lifetime, no matter what state the vehicles is registered in. What changes from state to state is the license plate.