Contacting Departments of Motor Vehicles

Researching your car's history can provide you with a wealth of information, such as previous repairs, accidents, etc. Sometimes a previous owner will have the original paperwork or a missing Broadcast Sheet. Here's how to get started in finding the previous owner of your car. (Please be aware that some previous owners may have passed on and the family may not wish to discuss anything with you. Please respect their wishes.)
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Starting with the Department of Motor Vehicles in the state in which your vehicle is currently registered, request a Title History. Don't request a Title Search, as they will probably send you a copy of the title you already have.

Be sure to enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope. Prices vary, but it should cost about $2 per title found. Some states don't keep records more than ten or fifteen years, but that may be enough to help you locate a few previous owners. If your car came from out of state, the oldest title should tell you from which state it came. Now you can request a Title History from that state.

Note: In 1999 or 2000 the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that DMV records are no longer considered public information. You will need proof of ownership in order to obtain any records pertaining to your vehicle. Some states will not give you any information, even for your own car. You should probably call first.

You can also contact Chrysler Historical to see if they have any records of where your car was originally sold. For instructions on requesting this information, click here.

Good luck!

Department of Motor Vehicle Addresses

Alabama Department of Public Safety
500 Dexter Avenue
Montgomery, AL 36104
(334) 242-4400

Alaska Dept. of Motor Vehicles
2150 E. Dowling Road
Anchorage, AK 99507
(907) 269-5551

Arizona Department of Transportation
Motor Vehicles Division
P. O. Box 2100
Mail Drop 500M
Phoenix, AZ 85001-2100
(602) 255-8152

Arkansas Office of Driver Services
7th & Wolfe Street
Joel Ledbedder Building, Room 126
Little Rock, AR 72203
(501) 682-7060

California Department of Motor Vehicles
2415 First Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95818
(916) 657-7677

Colorado Dept. of Revenue
Motor Vehicle Division
1881 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214
(303) 205-5600

Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles
60 State Street
Wethersfield, CT 06161
(860) 566-4710

Delaware Dept. of Public Safety
Motor Vehicle Division
P.O. Box 698
Dover, DE 19903
(302) 739-2500

District of Columbia
Bureau of Motor Vehicle Services
301 "C" Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001-2100
(202) 727-1159

Florida Dept. of Motor Vehicles
Driver Privacy Protection Act Requests
2900 Apalache Pkwy, Room B435
Neil Kirkman Bldg
Tallahassee, FL 32399
(850) 414-2426

State of Georgia Department of Public Safety
Driver Services Division
959 East Confederate Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30316
(404) 657-9300

Hawaii Motor Vehicle Safety Office
1505 Dillingham Boulevard
Honolulu, HI 96817
(808) 832-5820

Idaho Transportation Department
Division of Motor Vehicles
P. O. Box 7129
Boise, ID 83707-1129
(208) 334-8000

Illinois Motorist Services
Vehicle Services Department
Record Inquiry Section
501 South 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62756
(217) 782-6992

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles
100 North Senate Avenue
Room N440
Indianapolis, IN 46204
(317) 233-2349

Iowa Department of Transportation
Motor Vehicle Division
P. O. Box 9204
Des Moines, IA 50306-9204
(515) 237-3202

Kansas Department of Revenue
Division of Motor Vehicles
Sheila Walker
Topeka, KS 66626-0001
(913) 296-3660

Kentucky Division of Vehicle Licensing
Title Branch
P.O. Box 2014
Frankfort, KY 40602
(502) 564-5301

Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles
P. O. Box 64886
Baton Rouge, LA 70896
(504) 925-6335

Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Secretary of State
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0029
(207) 287-9006

Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
(410) 768-7274

Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 199100
Boston, MA 02119-9100
(617) 351-4500

Michigan Department of State
Driver and Vehicle Records
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918
(517) 322-1000

Minnesota Department of Public Safety
Driver and Vehicle Services
445 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN 55101
(612) 296-9525

Mississippi Driver Services Bureau
P. O. Box 958
Jackson, MS 39205
(601) 987-1200

Missouri Department of Motor Vehicles
P. O. Box 629
Jefferson City, MO 65105
(573) 751-4509

Montana Motor Vehicle Division
P. O. Box 201430
303 North Roberts
Helena, MT 59620-1430
(406) 444-4536

Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles
301 Centennial Mall South
Lincoln, NE 68509
(402) 471-2281
TDD: (402) 471-4154

Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles and Public Safety
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV 89711-0400
(702) 687-5505

New Hampshire Department of Safety
Division of Motor Vehicles
James H. Hayes Bldg
Ten Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
(603) 271-2589

New Jersey Motor Vehicle Services
225 East State Street
CN 160
Trenton, NJ 08666
1-888-486-3339
TDD: (609) 292-5120

New Mexico Taxation & Revenue Dept.
Motor Vehicle Division
P. O. Box 1028
Joseph Montoya Building
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1028
1-888-MVD-INFO

New York State Dept. of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228
Upstate: 1-800-CALL-DMV
516, 914 area: 1-800-DIAL-DMV
212 area 645-5550, Spanish: 645-4465
718 area 966-6155, Spanish: 966-6230

North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
1100 New Bern Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27697
(919) 715-7000

North Dakota Driver's License and Traffic Safety Division
608 East Boulevard Avenue
Bismark, ND 58505-0700
(701) 328-2725

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
(614) 752-7600
TDD: (614) 752-7681

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
Accident Records Division
3600 North Martin Luther King Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73111
(405) 425-2000

Oregon Driver & Motor Vehicle Services Branch
1905 Lana Avenue
Salem, OR 97314
(503) 945-5000

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Driver and Vehicle Services
1101-1125 South Front Street
Harrisburg, PA 17104
(717) 391-6190
1-800-932-4600
TDD: 1-800-228-0676

Rhode Island Motor Vehicles
286 Main Street
Pawtucket, RI 02860
(401) 277-2970, ext. 2039

South Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles
P. O. Box 1498
Columbia, SC 29216
(803) 737-1654
1-800-442-1DMV

South Dakota Department of Revenue
Division of Motor Vehicles
445 East Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501-3185
(605) 773-5335

Tennessee Department of Safety
Driver License Issuance Division
1150 Foster Avenue
Nashville, Tennessee 37249-1000
(615) 741-3954
TDD: (615) 532-2281

Texas Department of Transportation
Correspondence Section
P. O. Box 12098
Austin, TX 78711-2098
(512) 465-7611

The Utah Driver License Division
4501 South 2700 West
Salt Lake City, Utah 84119
(801) 965-4437
(801) 965-4496 (fax)

State of Vermont
Department of Motor Vehicles
State Office Building, 120 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont 05601
(802) 828-2000

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
P. O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269
(804) 367-0538 (Richmond & vicinity)
(757) 461-1919 (Tidewater)
(804) 309-1500 (Western Virginia)
(703) 761-4655 (Northern Virginia)

Washington Department of Licensing
1125 Washington Street, SE
P. O. Box 9020
Olympia, WA 98507-9020
(360) 902-3600
TDD (360) 664-8885

West Virginia Division of MotorVehicles
1800 Kanawha Boulevard East
Charleston, WV 25317
1-800-642-9066
(304) 558-3900

Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles
P.O. Box 7918
Madison, WI 53707-7918
(608) 266-1466

Wyoming Department of Transportation
Driver Services Division
P. O. Box 1708
Cheyenne, WY 82003-1708
(307) 777-4800

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