Illinois License Plate Lookup

Curious about a vehicle with an Illinois license plate? Search it here to explore history, specs, and more!

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If you want a detailed report on a vehicle with a registered Illinois license plate number, we’ve got you covered. Bumper’s database pulls info from public and private third party sources, which lets us offer vehicle history reports, title checks, vehicle market value and recall checks in addition to other helpful info and perks—whether you’re buying, selling, or maintaining a vehicle.

Try a Bumper subscription to run up to 50 Illinois license plate searches and vehicle history reports a month!

What makes our Illinois license plate search different?

Our IL license plate search is different because we utilize a massive database of public records provided by the Illinois Department of Motor Vehicles, NMVTIS and third-party sources like J.D. Power.

With a population of 12.67 million as of 2021, residents of Illinois are no strangers to commuting. Whether you’re driving in and around the Chicago metro or exploring “downstate,” our IL license plate lookup can help you find the vehicle info you need—including available accident history and vehicle specs.

license plate lookup Illinois
license plate lookup Illinois

Our IL license plate lookup has coverage over the entire Prairie State, including the top 10 metro areas of Illinois by population (2021):

  1. Chicago - Naperville - Elgin: 9.4 million
  2. St. Louis: 2.7 million
  3. Aurora - Elgin 1.1 million
  4. Joliet: 369,499
  5. Peoria: 368,579
  6. Rockford: 333,545
  7. Champaign - Urbana: 245,118
  8. Springfield: 209,472
  9. Bloomington: 188,596
  10. Decatur: 107,408

No matter where in Illinois you’re researching a vehicle, we’re here to help you try to gather the data you’re after.

What information can you find with an Illinois license plate search?

A license plate search for a vehicle registered in Illinois can provide you with important info, which may include:

  • Accident history
  • Past ownership
  • Liens on the vehicle
  • Salvage and other branded titles
  • Manufacturer recalls
  • Equipment and trim specifications
  • Sales history
  • Market value
  • Estimated ownership costs

Access our database to get a detailed report of an Illinois vehicle’s history so you can determine the best course of action when buying or selling your vehicle.

We can also tell you what your vehicle may be worth in Illinois!

How can an IL license plate search help you?

Our database of Illinois license plates provides valuable information to help make car buying, selling and ownership as easy and simple as possible.

Whether you’re a car buyer trying to negotiate a better deal or a seller hoping to get the best price possible for your current vehicle, subscribing to Bumper should be your first move. With our massive database of IL-registered vehicles, we can give you access to valuable information about a vehicle, including its available accident history, salvaged titles and liens.

Performing a license plate lookup in Illinois for a used vehicle can also be helpful because it can return information on vehicles impacted by lemon laws, also known as the Illinois New Vehicle Buyer Protection Act. Our reports can also reveal title issues due to flood damage or Illinois’ other extreme weather problems that can put a dent in a vehicle’s value, from tornadoes to hail and blizzards.

We don’t just have detailed vehicle history reports—we can also help you compare vehicles side by side or monitor your vehicle’s depreciation. When you want to get the best deal for your ride in Illinois (whether you’re buying or selling), you can count on Bumper.

And if you’re on the hunt for a new vehicle, check out our vehicle marketplace!

Why use Bumper’s Illinois license plate search?

From the Windy City to Urbana and even parts of the St. Louis metro that sprawl into IL, our Illinois license plate lookup can help you with car buying, selling and ownership in the Prairie State. Our data is neatly organized in one online dashboard, which is also available on iOS and Google mobile apps, and in easily downloadable PDF format.

Rather than slogging through various databases, paying more than you need to for similar vehicle info, or dealing with red tape, you can use Bumper to get the most robust vehicle reports around.

Do you need front and rear plates in Illinois?

Yes, you need front and rear plates in Illinois, although there may be some exceptions for speciality and antique vehicles.

And if you see a vehicle with a license plate from a nearby state like Michigan, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, or elsewhere in the Midwest (or even from another high population state like California, Texas, or New York), we have history info and data on vehicles from all over the country!

While license plates are easier to spot, if you already have an Illinois car’s VIN, we can also help you do a VIN search!

Illinois license plate lookup
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