If you haven’t noticed, most advertisers will say anything to get you to buy their product. Some are legitimate, most are scams! As we began our review, we recognized that there’s a huge disparagement between web sites offering this service. We found that they all fall into one of the following three categories:
1) Subscription Service: Representing 96% of search engine top listed license plate search web sites, these are by far the worst. All they do is take your money and provide little or nothing in return. Most simply provide links to other “for pay” web sites that you could have found on your own. It is this way that they can guarantee “unlimited searches” for one fee. Don’t be fooled by their slick web site design either. They promise “instant results”. When you enter the plate number, they, after a slight delay; announce they have located your plate results if you only pay a small one-time fee for unlimited use. There is no such thing as “instant results” for license plate lookups. Steer clear from any web site offering instant results. It is a scam!
2) Information Brokers: This category of license plate researchers will take your money and provide fast results. Unfortunately the information they return is most often incorrect and outdated. (We are assuming that you are seeking current license plate information) Information Brokers buy old databases from proprietary sources that are several years (or more) old. They guarantee a full refund if no record is provided. The trap? They are providing a record. It’s just outdated and useless to anyone. Stay clear from information brokers.
3) License Private Investigators: These are the people you should use. License Private Investigators are controlled by state regulatory agencies and are held to a high standard. Most licensed investigators offering license plate lookups are computer-connected to the respective state DMV computer and can provide the current name and address of any registered license plate, usually within 1-2 days. Costs for this search range from $39 – $89 per vehicle plate searched.
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