California License Plate Lookup

Enter a California license plate number to learn about a vehicle you’re interested in!

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Our CA license plate lookup provides you with a wealth of information about a vehicle with California plates. Bumper’s detailed reports include information such as accident history reports, title checks, vehicle specs, market value and more.

Try Bumper to get access to 50 California license plate searches and vehicle history reports a month!

What makes our California license plate search different?

Our reports are all sourced from public records provided by the California Department of Motor Vehicles as well as other government and third-party data sources, including NMVTIS. Whether you’re in NorCal, SoCal, or somewhere in the middle, if the vehicle you’re interested in has California registered plates, our California license plate search could provide you with vital information.

With the largest population in the US (30.2 million in 2021!) and a landmass that extends from Mexico in the south to Oregon in the north, the Golden State is expansive and known for its quantity of vehicles on the road. Our CA license plate search covers vehicles all over the California Republic.

Our CA license plate search covers vehicles all over the California Republic. The top 10 metro areas of California by population (2021) that our license plate search pulls information for include:

  1. Los Angeles - Long Beach - Anaheim: 13.2 million
  2. Riverside - San Bernardino - Ontario: 4.7 million
  3. San Francisco - Oakland - Berkeley: 4.6 million
  4. San Diego - Chula Vista - Carlsbad: 3.3 million
  5. San Jose - Sunnyvale - Santa Clara: 1.9 million
  6. Sacramento - Roseville - Folsom: 2.3 million
  7. Fresno: 1,000,365
  8. Bakersfield: 902,612
  9. Oxnard - Thousand Oaks - Ventura: 864,599
  10. Stockton - Lodi: 769,564
license plate lookup California
license plate lookup California

Because license plates are easy to see, they’re even easier to use to find vehicle information than a VIN (or Vehicle Identification Number).

But if you already have a California vehicle’s VIN, we can also help you run a VIN search!

What information can I find with a California license plate search?

Our California license plate search can provide you with a treasure trove of available vehicle-specific information, including:

  • Market value
  • Estimated ownership costs
  • Accident history
  • Past ownership
  • Lien information
  • Salvage and other branded title info
  • Manufacturer recalls
  • Equipment and trim specifications
  • Sales history

Our reports are very thorough, and we pull data from NHTSA, JD Power, NMVTIS and other industry leaders, as well as state-level agencies including the California DMV!

Performing a CA license plate lookup for a used vehicle you’re interested in can be particularly helpful. Our license plate lookup in CA can show vehicles impacted by lemon laws or title issues due to wildfire, mudslide, or flood damage caused by California’s extreme weather changes. Our reports can also provide vehicle market value and depreciation calculations helping you navigate the buying and selling process.

Use Bumper and the result of our California license plate searches may reveal a wealth of information to help you make the right move when buying, selling or maintaining a vehicle. Want to know what your vehicle is worth?

How can our CA license plate lookup help you?

Our California license plate search can provide critical data to help you confidently take on the challenges of buying, selling or owning a vehicle.

From setting a reasonable asking price to negotiating the best offer, you can leverage our massive database to max out your next automotive move. And if you’re trying to decide between a few options, we can help you compare vehicles side by side and can even help you research the right car for you.

Are you in the market for a new vehicle? We don’t just have a comprehensive database for California license plate searches, we’ve also got a robust vehicle marketplace!

Why use our California license plate search?

Rather than sifting through multiple sources or trying to cut through bureaucratic red tape to access public data, Bumper can collate and compile need-to-know information about vehicles—all in one online dashboard, iOS and Google mobile apps, and downloadable PDF form.

From negotiating a better deal and managing the costs of ownership to selling your ride in California, you can count on Bumper. Our California license plate search will level you up with the data you need to stay firmly in the driver’s seat of vehicle ownership in the great state of California.

Do you need front and rear plates in California?

Like many other states these days, you’re required to have front and rear license plates in California. There are, however, some exceptions for certain vehicles, including motorcycles, some trailers, commercial truck tractors and special equipment.

The two-plate requirement in California was implemented because it allows law enforcement to identify vehicles more easily. It also helps drivers identify vehicles in case of insurance liability issues, and can make it easier for you to find the license plate of a California-registered vehicle that you want to learn more about.

And if you see a vehicle on the road in California with a license plate from a nearby state like Arizona, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, or even Hawaii, we can help you look up its info as well!

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