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How to Identify a Car's Owner from the Registration Number?

Here's all you need to know about finding the owner of a vehicle by license plate number.

  • 15 Nov 2022
  • 3 min read

A car’s registration number is the key to information regarding the car’s present owner—for authorities as well as for the common man. Surprised? Don’t be. If you want to track down a car owner who may have either bumped your car and fled the scene or may have caused you trouble by blocking your car in a parking lot, then you can do it in a few easy steps. Today, we will look at how to find the owner of the vehicle by license plate number.

How to identify a car's owner from the registration number using the PARIVAHAN portal?

You can find the owner of the vehicle by license plate number by using the PARIVAHAN portal. To do that, don't stress much and simply follow the steps given below.

  • Step 1:

Go to the PARIVAHAN official website:

  • Step 2:

Enter the car's registration number you intend to check.

  • Step 3:

Input the verification code, or say, a CAPTCHA, given on the page. 

  • Step 4:

Tap on "Check Status".

  • Step 5:

Your screen will display all the relevant details related to the car.

How to identify a car's owner from the registration number using VAHAN?

VAHAN portal furnishes the vehicle registration details following the MV Act of 1988. The portal complies with the regulations of different states and UTs. Using the VAHAN portal, you can trace down the following details.

  • Car owner’s name
  • Car's registration date
  • Vehicle class and fuel type (diesel or petrol)
  • Car's chassis and engine number (not detailed in full)
  • Vehicle's make and model along with manufacturer's detail
  • Car's fitness duration
  • PUC and insurance details
  • Car's RC status and details of the financier 
  • Car's emission standard

To fetch the details of a car owner using the VAHAN website, follow the steps outlined below.

  • Step 1

Go to the VAHAN official website.

  • Step 2

On the top of the page, you will find a navigation menu.  Tap on that menu, scroll down, and click on "Know Your Vehicle Details". 

  • Step 3

On the page that appears on your computer screen, fill in the car's registration number. 

  • Step 4

Input the human verification code and tap on the ‘Search Vehicle’.

  • Step 5

Your screen will display all the necessary details of the car.

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How to identify a car's owner from the registration number through SMS?

If you don't want to go through the aforesaid steps online, simply take out your phone and send a single SMS to obtain the car owner's information. To learn more about the SMS method, follow the steps outlined below.

  • Step 1:

Enter your car's registration number by writing VAHAN before that number. (Example: VAHAN UP65CF××××)

  • Step 2:

After drafting the above text, send the SMS on 7738299899.

  • Step 3:

After texting on the above number, you will receive the car's details such as owner name, make and model, RTO details, car insurance details, and RC expiry details, among a few others.

What are the scenarios where you need to find the car owner by registration number?

Here is a list of some of the common situations in which finding the owner of a vehicle is critical.

  • Accident:

When an accident causes bodily injury or substantial damage to your vehicle, knowing the details of the car's owner becomes critical. Following the accident, immediately use one of the above methods to find the vehicle owner by number plate. This will not only assist you in filing an FIR but also in filing an insurance claim.

  • Hit and run case: 

When a hit and run case occurs, stopping a culprit driver is one of the toughest tasks. The only thing you can do in this situation is note down the car's number from the number plate. Once you have the number, you can easily trace the owner using one of the aforementioned methods.

  • Buying a Used Vehicle:

When you are purchasing a second-hand car, it is critical to know the information of the previous owner. Given the rise in car theft instances, buying a second-hand car without verifying the car owner's information, RC papers, insurance papers, PUC, and other documents might result in serious consequences. As a result, understanding how to find a vehicle's owner by number is critical because it provides all vehicle-related information.

  • No Objection Certificate:

With the availability of the VAHAN and PARIVAHAN portals, Regional Transport Office (RTO) can easily track the details of your vehicle using any of the above portals. Therefore, furnishing a NOC is not necessary in certain cases.

To Conclude:

With lakhs of cars on Indian roads, finding a vehicle in an unfortunate event might be challenging. However, the above-mentioned online platforms can make it simple to find a car owner by registration number.

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