Congress, in passing the law which prohibits odometer tampering, stated that car buyers rely heavily on the mileage to determine the value, safety, and reliability of a vehicle.  If you doubt the stated mileage of the vehicle you purchased, we recommend that you contact the state(s) in which the vehicle has been titled to obtain a title history.  A title history can provide crucial information about the vehicle's odometer history.

Every state requires that a private party purchaser of a vehicle obtain a title or certificate of registration in his or her name.  These transactions result in records that will contain odometer readings and odometer statements.  Federal law requires that the mileage of a vehicle be disclosed on the title each time the title is transferred.  Every state maintains title history records.

Use this listing to locate the address of the state agency where title records can be obtained.  This listing is not intended to be all inclusive, but can be used as a starting point to research a mileage and ownership history.

When requesting a title history, be sure to specify that it must include all odometer mileage at all ownership transfers.  You MUST also include the vehicle's identification number, along with the year, make, and model.   We recommend that you include the name of the last titled owner in that state and/or the state's title number if known.  This extra information might mean the difference between a "no record" response and obtaining the complete history.  Some states may not release the title history due to privacy considerations.  Be sure to specify that the purpose for your request is to obtain evidence of odometer tampering and may therefore qualify as a permissible use under 18 USC Section 2721(b)(2), motor vehicle safety.

Contact the state office before sending your request. The costs listed below may have changed. If the cost of the history depends on how many past titled owners the vehicle has had, send enough money to cover one past transaction and request the state to call or write to let you know how many past titled owners the vehicle had and how much money to send.  Include your daytime telephone number with your request.  Do not send cash.

When you receive the title history, examine the mileage statements carefully for apparent alterations and erasures before they were submitted to the state.  Then, contact prior owners to verify the mileages that appear on the title records.

If you have further questions about ordering a title history, telephone the listed agency before proceeding.  If timeliness is a major concern, many states will provide a fast service for a nominal charge. (Revised 5/11/06)

 

 

ALABAMA
Department of Revenue
Motor Vehicle Division
Title Section
50 N. Ripley St
PO Box 327640
Montgomery, AL  36132-7640
(334) 242-9102
$15
ALASKA 
Division of Motor Vehicles
1300 W. Benson Blvd
Suite200
Anchorage, AK  99503-3600
(907) 269-5551
$5
ARIZONA
Motor Vehicle Division
1801 West Jefferson
PO Box 2100
Phoenix, AZ   85001-2100
602) 255-0072
$3 for each titled owner in history.  Include  reason for request and notarized signature.
ARKANSAS
Office of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 1272
Little Rock, AR  72203
(501)682-3333
$1, plus $1 per title copy
CALIFORNIA
Department of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 942869
Sacramento, CA  94269-0001
(800) 777-0133
$5 for each titled owner in history  plus $20 for copies. Include reason for request.
COLORADO
Department of Revenue
Motor Vehicle Business Group
Titles & Registration
Denver, CO  80261-0016
(303) 205-5608
$6 for each titled owner in history (non-refundable)
CONNECTICUT
Department of Motor Vehicles
60 State St
Wethersfield, CT  06161
(860) 263-5700
$11.25
DELAWARE
Division of Motor Vehicles
Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 698
Dover, DE  19903
(302) 744-2500
$4 for each titled owner in history
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
Dept of Motor Vehicle Services
301 C St, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-5000
$2 for each titled owner in history
FLORIDA
Division of Motor Vehicles
Neil Kirkman Building
2900 Apalachee Parkway
Tallahassee, FL  32399-0500
(850) 922-9000
$1 for each page
GEORGIA
Dept of Motor Vehicle Safety
Motor Vehicle Services
PO Box 740381
Atlanta, GA  30374-0381
(404) 362-6500
$1
HAWAII
Dept of Customer Services
Division of Motor Vehicles, Licensing & Permits
PO Box 30330
Honolulu, HI  96820-0330
(808) 532-7700
No fee
IDAHO
Transportation Department
Division of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 7129
Boise, ID  83707-1129
(208) 334-8000
$7
ILLINOIS
Secretary of State's Office
Vehicle Services Department
501 S. 2nd St, Room 312
Springfield, IL  62756
(217) 785-3000
$4
INDIANA
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Government Center North
100 N. Senate Ave, Rm N440
Indianapolis, IN  46204
(317) 233-6000
$4 plus 50 cents for each page
IOWA
Department of Transportation
Office of Vehicle Services
100 Euclid Ave
PO Box  9278
Des Moines, IA  50306-9278
(515) 237-3049 or 237-3148
$2.70 for every 15 minutes searching plus 10 cents for each copy of a title
KANSAS
Department of Revenue
Division of Vehicles
Docking State Office Building
915 Southwest Harrison
Topeka, KS  66626-0001
(785) 296-3621
$9
KENTUCKY
Transportation Cabinet
Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing
PO Box 2014
Frankfort, KY  40622-2014
(502) 564-5301
$2
LOUISIANA
Department of Public Safety
Motor Vehicle Division
7979 Independence Blvd
PO Box 64886
Baton Rouge, LA  70896-4886
(225) 925-6388 or
(877) 368-5463
$7.50
MAINE
Secretary of State
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
29 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333-0029
(207) 624-9000
$4
MARYLAND
Motor Vehicle Administration
6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD  21062
(301) 729-4550
$2 for each titled owner in history
MASSACHUSETTS
Registry of Motor Vehicles
Title Division
PO Box 199136
Boston, MA  02119-9136
(617) 351-9550
$10
MICHIGAN
Department of State
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI  48918
(517) 322-1460
$6.55 for each titled owner in history, telephone requests accepted
MINNESOTA
Driver and Vehicles Services Division
445 Minnesota St
St. Paul, MN  55105
(651) 296-6911
$4 plus $1 for each titled owner in history
MISSISSIPPI
State Tax Commission
Office of Revenue / Title Bureau
PO Box 1383
Jackson, MS  39215
(601) 923-7200
$4.50 for each titled owner in history
MISSOURI
Department of Revenue
Driver & Vehicle Services Bureau
301 W. High
P.O. Box 100
Jefferson City, MO  65105-0100
(573) 751-8383
$4 for each titled owner in history
MONTANA
Department of Justice
Motor Vehicle Division
Title & Registration Bureau
1003 Buckskin Dr.
Deer Lodge, MT  59722-2371
(406) 486-6000
$6, plus 50 cents for each copy
NEBRASKA
Department of Motor Vehicles
301 Centennial Mall South
PO Box 94789
Lincoln, NE  68509-4789
(402) 471-3918
$1 for each titled owner in history
NEVADA
Department of Motor Vehicles
555 Wright Way
Carson City, NV  89711
(775) 684-4368
$5
NEW HAMPSHIRE
Department of Safety
Division of Motor Vehicles
James Hayes Safety Building
23 Hazen Dr.
Concord, NH  03305
(603) 271-2251
$20
NEW JERSEY
Motor Vehicle Commission
225 E. State St
Trenton, NJ  08666
(609) 292-6500
$5
NEW MEXICO
Motor Vehicle Division
Joseph M. Montoya Building
P.O. Box 1028
Santa Fe, NM  87504-1028
(505) 827-2257
$10 if only one titled owner, $25 for more than 1 titled owner
NEW YORK
Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY  12228
(518) 486-4714
$5 (Check or money order payable to "The Commissioner of Motor Vehicles"
NORTH CAROLINA
Division of Motor Vehicles
Motor Vehicles Building
1100 New Bern Ave
Raleigh, NC  27697
(919) 715-7000
$4
NORTH DAKOTA
Department of Transportation
Motor Vehicle Division
608 East Boulevard Ave
Bismarck, ND  58505-0780
(701) 328-2725
$1
OHIO
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Title Division
1970 W. Broad St
P.O. Box 16520
Columbus, OH  43216-6520
(614) 752-7671
$2
OKLAHOMA
Tax Commission
Motor Vehicle Division
2501 Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma City, OK  73194
(405) 521-3221
$1 for each titled owner in history
OREGON
Department of Transportation
Driver & Motor Vehicle Services
1905 Lane Ave, NE
Salem, OR  97314
(503) 945-5000
$22.50
PENNSYLVANIA
Bureau of Motor Vehicles
1101 S. Front St
Harrisburg, PA  17104-2516
(717) 391-6190
$5 for each titled owner
RHODE ISLAND
Division of Motor Vehicles
286 Main St
Pawtucket, RI  02860
(401) 588-3020
$10
SOUTH CAROLINA
Department of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 1498
Blythewood, SC  29016
(803) 737-4000
$3
SOUTH DAKOTA
Dept of Revenue & Regulation
Division of Motor Vehicles
445 E. Capital Ave
Pierre, SD 57501-3185
(605) 773-3541
$5
TENNESSEE
Department of Safety
Title & Registration Division
44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
Nashville, TN  37243-8050
(615) 741-3101
$15
TEXAS
Department of Transportation
Vehicle Titles & Registration Division
Austin, TX  78779-0001
(512) 465-7611
$5
UTAH
State Tax Commission
Motor Vehicle Division
210 North1950 West
Salt Lake City, UT  84134
(801) 297-7780
$2 for each titled owner
VERMONT
Agency of Transportation
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 State St
Montpelier, VT  05603-0001
(802) 828-2000
$15
VIRGINIA
Department of Motor Vehicles
2300 W. Broad St
PO Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269
(866) 368-5463
$5 for each titled owner in history
WASHINGTON
Department of Licensing
Vehicle Licensing
PO Box 9909
Olympia, WA  98507
(360) 902-3770
$2 for each titled owner in history
WEST VIRGINIA
Department of Transportation
Division of Motor Vehicles
1800 Kanawha Blvd E, Bldg 3
Charleston, WV  25317
(304) 558-3900
$5
WISCONSIN
Department of Transportation
Division of Motor Vehicles
PO Box 7918
Madison, WI  53707-7998
(608) 266-1466
$2 for each titled owner in history plus 25 cents per page, telephone requests accepted
WYOMING
Department of Transportation
Motor Vehicle Services
5300 Bishop Blvd
Cheyenne, WY  82009-3340
(307) 777-4851
$5