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Old 06-26-2007, 08:32 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Need info; only have license plate number

Am dealing with an auto incident where I need a driver's name and address, but all I have is their license plate number. Any way to get this? Am in California.

CA DMV needs a name to do a search, and I'm not sure a DMV report even shows an address.

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Old 06-27-2007, 04:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Am dealing with an auto incident where I need a driver's name and address, but all I have is their license plate number. Any way to get this? Am in California.

CA DMV needs a name to do a search, and I'm not sure a DMV report even shows an address.

Thanks.
If you explain what you are trying to accomplish, perhaps there are other ways of getting that information that are more effective than a DMV search.

In other words, define "auto incident". If it was an accident, obviously, the police are the best source for that information. Even if it wasn't an accident, the police do searches by tag number all of the time. The bigger issue is why do you want that information?

If some one cut you off on the highway and you want to go chat with them about it, well.... clearly, that's another issue.
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Old 06-27-2007, 07:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Am dealing with an auto incident where I need a driver's name and address, but all I have is their license plate number. Any way to get this? Am in California.

CA DMV needs a name to do a search, and I'm not sure a DMV report even shows an address.

Thanks.
If this is a negative "incident" that would require personal information for say, insurance purposes, I'd suggest filing a police report. Or contacting your local police department to inquire under what circumstances they can divulge that information to you. There are privacy laws that not only limit how you can obtain this type of information via license plates, but also what you do with the information once you obtain it.
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Old 06-27-2007, 09:37 AM   #4 (permalink)
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A lay person can only obtain name info from the DMV in CA. All other personal info is removed such as address. Only attorneys (and police officers etc.) can get this info. There is a form a attorney can fill out requesting infomation for lawsuit purposes.
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Old 06-27-2007, 10:59 AM   #5 (permalink)
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The "incident" involves a client of mine who scratched the car of the unknown driver in an argument between the two. My client would like to contact the driver to apologize and offer restitution.

Am aware of the privacy concerns of the DMV. The police are similarly reticent to help.

We are working through the DMV, and I was not aware that we could get the name of the driver, instead of just a record. This helps.

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Old 06-27-2007, 01:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Better double check. It has been a few years since my client requested the sheet. I don't remember if the name was provided...it might have been blacked out. All I know is that I filled out the form to get all info about the driver.
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