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You can search for a license plate or a vehicle in the form below. You can enter partial text strings in the search fields. For example, if you are looking for all vehicles with license plates that have the numbers "345" seen in San Diego, you could put "345" in the license plate field, and just put "san" in the city field.

You can sort your output alphabetically by license plate or numerically by record number. If you chose to sort it by record number, you will see it in the same order it was entered into the database.

At the bottom of this page there is more information on how to use this search page.

Enter your search text in one or more fields:


State or Country that issued the plate

Vehicle and/or Driver Classification

Reporter name

City event witnessed in



More location description

Vehicle Make

Vehicle Model

More vehicle description


Start With Record Number

You can sort your output by license plate or by record number:

Plate:     Record Number:

Note: The system outputs up to 200 records.

The search output is sorted alphabetically by license plate, unless you select the option to have the output sorted by record number.  If there are a lot of entries about one particular plate, you'll probably want to have the output sorted by record number so that it flows more like a conversation.

You can use special characters in the search strings you enter into the license plate field.   The specials characters are:

    % for the ♥ symbol
    & for the hand symbol
    * for the star symbol
    + for "+"
    - for "-"
    # for any other symbol

You can search the database even if you don't know any of the characters in the license plate.    For example, lets say you are looking for a Honda seen on I-15 in San Diego.   You could put "Honda" in the Vehicle Make field and "15" in the More location description field.    The system will output up to 200 vehicles meeting this criteria.  Chances are one of them will be the one you're looking for.

One thing that is a little tricky is the fact that the seach output is limited to 200 records, whereas there might be more than 200 records in the database matching your search criteria.   If you suspect this, select the option to have your output sorted by record number.  This will, in effect, sort it by date because it's sorting it based on the same order it was put into the database.  Now, when you look at the output, you'll have a better feeling if the search is producing what you want, or if it has only pulled old records and stopped before getting to the current ones. Look at the record numbers.  Say the highest one is "3000" and you can tell that it's too old.   In this case, enter your search criteria again, and also tell it to start with record number "3000" (in this example) so that it picks up more current information.

The special characters and blank spaces in license plates are ignored when the search output is sorted alphabetically.

If you know the specific record number, you can search by that number in the section below.

You can also search by a specific record number.
A successful search will require that you enter
a record number that is an exact match.

Record Number