How to Check Florida License Plate Numbers

By Alexandra Bee

If you want to check a license plate number in Florida, whether your own or someone else's, you can do so for free on the Internet. Some websites let you search for both plate information and vehicle history for free, while others charge for these reports. Florida license plate records are accessible to anyone with Internet access.

Online

Step 1

Open your computer's Internet browser. Any browser should work.

Step 2

Visit a license plate search website that offers search services for free to all users, such as the unofficial DMV website. Some of these websites offer detailed reports on vehicles and licenses completely free, depending on your location. Alternatively, some companies offer detailed and extra services for an additional fee when checking Florida license plate numbers.

Step 3

Enter the license plate number completely and accurately on a license plate directory website. The license plate search may fail if you do not have a valid and complete license plate number. Click "Search" or "Go" on the website to search its directory. Allow the website to complete its search before attempting to browse elsewhere. If you do not receive the results you are looking for, visit an alternative license plate website, as some directories and websites are updated more often than others.

By Mail

Step 1

Download the HSMV 85054 Records Request Form from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, or FLHSMV, website. Print this so you can fill it out and mail it in.

Step 2

Complete the form entirely. Specify the license plate numbers to be checked, and whether you want information about previous or current owners of the vehicle(s).

Step 3

Send the form to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles with the proper payment amount, which is calculated on the FLHSMV website where you found the 85054 form. Each year the amount may change, so it is important to check before sending in your request. You can also contact the department by phone at (850) 617-2000.