Tracing the ownership of a vehicle can be done by the registration number of the vehicle, the license plate, the name of the owner or by the Vehicle Identification Number. To find this information, it is necessary to place a request with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
In some cases, the department will be able to give out vehicle owner information directly from an office branch, but recent laws have limited the ability to do so. Often it is necessary to file a claim form that states the reason for the request. It will then be reviewed by an official within the DMV who will approve or deny the request.
It is also possible to seek out private organizations who will be able to retrieve vehicle owner information more quickly and discreetly, though they will charge significantly more than the DMV.