Several years ago there was a car that kept parking in my reserved parking spot. I didn’t want to have it towed without contacting the owner first, but I didn’t know how to find out who the owner was. The first thing I tried was contacting the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. After being on hold for a long time and getting transferred several times, I finally got connected with a live bureaucrat who told me that the Texas DMV would not release that information to me.
I then Googled the terms “texas license plate search” and “texas license plate lookup”. I found a ton of websites that claimed that they could find the owner of a Texas vehicle from it’s license plate number. I researched these companies and, in my opinion, most of them were inadequate or downright scams.
Next, I started searching deeper into the websites of the Texas DMV and the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT). I finally found out that there was a hard-copy form I could fill out and take to a TXDOT office. The form had a list of approved reasons for a license plate search so I chose the appropriate option, and for a fee, I got my report.
Long story short: I spent a lot more time doing research and found a way to access this information online. I’m a website designer in Austin, Texas so I built this website that allows anyone to search for and lookup a Texas license plate number. I can usually email a report back to you within 24 hours.