DMV VIN check may the first VIN check option that comes to your mind when you need to dig into the history of a used vehicle so as to discover things the seller will never tell you about. Another “pro” argument is supposed to be that the DMV is a governmental body, so the information should be reliable. However, in practice VIN check at DMV has a number of disadvantages as compared with online VIN check with specializing companies that collect car history data. First of all, not all DMV offices allow to run vehicle history check online or the application page or DMV VIN check form may be pretty difficult to navigate to. Sometimes, you may have to file many forms to apply for records from different authorities, like police or lien records (like with DMV VIN check in California). If you need to check more than one vehicle, you may find it quite fatiguing. Next, automotive laws differ from state to state and DMV offices frequently fail to share even the most critical car title data with each other, not to mention accident of maintenance data. DMV offices do not specialize in VIN check and vehicle history data collection and the information may be complete or may have less essential records than you would obtain by getting a report from a vehicle history data company. Sometimes, VIN check at the DMV is limited just to VIN inspection and verification before issuing a title. And, finally, clerks at DMV offices also can make mistakes (as some confessed) and critical title data misses out of your vehicle history report.
Is DMV VIN check free? Unfortunately, the answer will be no - you will have to pay before you application, even filed electronically, will be processed. Generally, the fees are not high, but the DMV VIN number check report that you get for that fee generally does not cover the full vehicle history and may be limited just to title or police checks. Sometimes, the application to check VIN number needs to be filed at the DMV office on paper (which is now becoming obsolete, however) . In some states, DMV clerks can can give your certain vehicle history data (like police of thefts records) by phone. Please, note that you local DMV site url address should be something like dmv.yourstate.gov (for exmaple, dmv.ca.gov for California). How soon your request for VIN number check at DMV will be processed, depends on your local office. DMV VIN check for a motorcycle is the same as for any other type of vehicle - cars, trucks, trailers.
On DMV VIN Check by State page you can find are the web addresses of DMV sites for different states and, whenever possible, pages where you can do VIN number check at you local DMV site or download a form to file a VIN check or other requests. For more details on each state, click on the state’s name.
In Europe VIN or registration plate search can be at the bodies similar to US DMV, like Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in the UK.