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How to Trace the Owner of a Vehicle

By: Tracy Whitelaw - Updated: 18 Oct 2019 | comments*Discuss
Trace The Driver Accident Collision

For most decent people who are responsible drivers, it's incomprehensible to think of being involved in an accident and not leaving details behind with the correct individuals. Sadly, in many accident cases, the party at fault may either flee the scene, or simply provide false information such as their name and address. In this case, it can be extremely difficult to trace the driver and there are certain procedures you can follow to do so.

Requirements at the Scene of an Accident

If you're involved in an accident you MUST stop regardless of whether the accident is your fault or not. This applies whether the collision is with another person, another vehicle, an animal that has been injured or a stationary object. You should remain at the scene long enough to provide your details to the other interested party. If there is no other individual involved, you need to report the accident to the police. This is especially true if it's a stationary car which is empty, a street lamp or some types of animal. You must give your name, address, registration number and insurance details is possible.

Tracing the Owner of a Vehicle Who Won't Give Information

Unfortunately, although most people are aware of their responsibilities at the scene of an accident, many will panic and choose not to do the legal and correct thing. If you find yourself involved in an accident with someone who refuses to provide you with their details, all hope is not lost. There are other ways to trace the owner of a vehicle if they won't give you their name and address.

  • Always get the registration number of the car involved. This is extremely important as it will be used to trace the driver and find out other details.
  • Always report the incident to the police as soon as possible. The police will be able to trace the owner of the vehicle, even if they aren't the ones involved in the crime, they may know who the driver was.

If the police need to get involved in tracing the owner of the vehicle that has been involved in the collision, they will be able to locate their insurance company also, although they may not always divulge this information to you.

Using the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency to Trace an Individual

If you live in either Scotland, England or Wales, you are able to contact the DVLA to trace another driver. They can provide you with the name and address of the person who is the registered owner of a certain vehicle. Generally to be able to do this you need to have a valid reason for wanting it. The process of obtaining it involves writing to the DVLA outlining your reasons for needing the information. You can also use the V888 form which is available on the DVLA website. There's a nominal fee of 2.50GBP to get this information, but in doing so, it's essential that you can provide the registration number of the car, as well as the make, model and date of accident.

Ultimately, if you're involved in an accident with someone who is unwilling to provide you with their contact details, it's likely that they either think they're responsible for the accident or simply aren't lawfully in possession of the vehicle. Most people who realise the collision was purely an unfortunate accident will be willing to cooperate with you to resolve the situation as quickly as possible.

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pastor ij - 18-Oct-19 @ 5:03 PM
In LEDBURY today at approximately 11.45 am (Thursday 17th October) two witnesses saw WN18 ZDU KIA BLACK SPORT 1.6 PETROL hit my offside front wheel arch.The lady passenger got out looked at the damage, got back in, and drove off northwards toward centre of Ledbury.I was parked up inches from the kerb.Any ideas on how I can trace the owner and get him to pay for my damage?
Amanda Gunn - 17-Oct-19 @ 5:14 PM
A car pulled up outside my mums house where my 8 year old disabled daughter was staying for the night. The driver exited the car and threw a brick straight through her bedroom window where my daughter was sleeping. A witness who was on the street at the time got the registration number of the car which is YG05 SHJ. This has been reported to the police.
Gill - 17-Oct-19 @ 2:42 AM
Someone has crashed into my vehicle but I’ve not got the reg but I know the driver is there anyway I can link the driver to the car
Polo - 10-Oct-19 @ 2:49 PM
Some idiot drove into my parked car this morning. My neighbour saw it and unfortunately only caught the first part of the reg, HG66. It’s a white fiesta with a light blue roof and wing mirrors. After speaking with the useless police they made a comment saying ‘I don’t think they’ll invest much time in the case’. I’ve checked for cameras up and down my road and nobody has one which covers the road to get the whole registration. Is this a complete lost cause? Insurance is up for renewal next month too, joys!!!
Tom - 28-Sep-19 @ 8:26 AM
Some evil bastard tried to run me over at a busy roundabout in London. I have his registration number. What should I do to get him to see the wrongs of his ways.
Keith - 20-Sep-19 @ 2:46 AM
I sold a car the reg is KU04 CWT But ineed to know who's the car name is registered in
Ugly - 9-Sep-19 @ 9:12 PM
Please help me with this vichel reg no nv16615 vryheid
Meisie - 6-Sep-19 @ 3:48 PM
soo what do I do in a case like this she already reported it to police station I gt the AR no
storm - 24-Jul-19 @ 10:15 AM
my friend ws ws in a accident on the 11th of July 2019 there is noo insurance on the car the the person who smashed into her is a company vehicle but cnt find the driver or the owner I have the reg of the vehicle an license disk
storm - 24-Jul-19 @ 10:13 AM
My car was hit from behind and ultimately written off. The culprit did not stop. Due to shock I only remembered part of reg which I think was s x o8 or had these digits in a different order the car was burnt orange. I have a sample of the paint left on my car. Can you help me trace them.
Fran - 18-Jul-19 @ 8:33 AM
I was hit by a car on my motorcycle, luckily I didn't come off, but the bike was damaged and the car drove off. I have a witness and the first 4 digits of the number plate, and vehicle make and model. The police are useless, even though there has been an obvious crime committed they reckon there's not a lot of chance of tracing the owner. Is there any way of tracing the owner?
da - 7-Jun-19 @ 5:14 PM
My car was hit by my house the person left phone number she said she would pay cash I stupidly believed her now she won't pay but won't give me reg number how can I get it
Helen - 31-May-19 @ 6:58 PM
This app is truly dangerous people can now track you down by putting your regristation in never so this again or i’ll have to call the POLICE!
YT:LifeAsTheDevil Ga - 23-Mar-19 @ 7:08 PM
My car was hit last night in a shop car park an then the driver just took off as I was in shop at the time but could see from the till the registration with a lil bit of help from others make n model.how do I find the driver isn't much damage but a lil respect and facing up to it is just the right thing to do ay.
Gaz - 14-Jan-19 @ 2:34 PM
I was hit by a driver of a white van sometime ago however although he came over and apologised and gave me his business card I didnt get his registration ,foolish I know but I was quite shakenhe still wont give his reg I have spoken to him and he says he has done everything by the book but I think his insurers are telling him not to.As I know where his business is would you advise I go and see if the vehicle is parked there and get the reg?
sprat - 30-Aug-18 @ 1:35 PM
Vic - Your Question:
I was hit by a taxi from behind I know which company but lost the drivers details how can I get the registration number

Our Response:
Give the information to your insurer - they will be able to follow this up.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 9-Feb-18 @ 12:06 PM
I was hit by a taxi from behind I know which company but lost the drivers details how can I get the registration number
Vic - 8-Feb-18 @ 4:35 PM
MOO - 6-Feb-18 @ 8:23 PM
Hi, Is it possible to trace the reg / owner of a car if all I have is the owners address? Someone hit my car over Christmas and the dent has only just become visible after having my car cleaned. I only have the drivers address unfortunately.
Hannah84 - 25-Jan-18 @ 6:09 PM
Is it possible to trace a car reg / owner if all I have is an address?
Hannah84 - 25-Jan-18 @ 6:06 PM
I was hit by a blue bmw 1 series from behind which drove off. I had my son in the front who got really upset so took my mind of taking the reg but lucky I got the 1st two letters and two numbers but police state that they can't do alot as need more information as well as local council won't supply the police with the footage. What can I Do?
Serge - 4-Jan-18 @ 12:43 AM
I was parked on my drive when a driver reversed and hit the front of my car and then drove off. I have cameras and was able to get the licence plate number which I’ve passed on to police along with the photographic evidence. I have been informed by the police that there is insufficient evidence linking the licence plate to my case and advised to contact my insurance. I have contacted my insurance who have been able to provide information about the car which matches what is on the pictures. I don’t understand why the police are unable/unwilling to follow through. I thought the information I provided was sufficient?
Adi - 19-Oct-17 @ 1:51 PM
MarkG - Your Question:
I was going round a round a bout and stopped at traffic lights, an Italian lorry jumped across one lane and went into the side of me whilst stationary. I got the registration of the lorry (front and back (carriage and trailer)), company name, address and contact details yet my insurance company state they cant trace the lorry, is there anything I can do??

Our Response:
Can you try writing to the company yourselves? Ask your insurer whether they've done this already.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 20-Sep-17 @ 10:54 AM
I was going round a round a bout and stopped at traffic lights, an Italian lorry jumped across one lane and went into the side of me whilst stationary. I got the registration of the lorry (front and back (carriage and trailer)), company name, address and contact details yet my insurance company state they cant trace the lorry, is there anything I can do??
MarkG - 18-Sep-17 @ 7:36 PM
I have her name address and mobile number but no number plate after she hit my car from behind Help
Rob - 9-Jul-17 @ 10:47 PM
I was hit on the passenger side of my car whilst going around a roundabout the driver stooped and gave me his details 6 months later I have been told by my insurance company that the registration is not correct and I cannot claim my excess back I have the drivers name address and phone number is there anything I can do now
Davesamjack - 27-Jun-17 @ 7:19 PM
some one hit my car on frint bumper left front side i only have his mobile number and name not even surname do you think i or the police can chase his details i dont have their reg or any other details
ayjey - 26-Jun-17 @ 12:18 AM
PK - Your Question:
My rear car bumper was damaged whilst parked in a hotel car park. The 3rd party left his phone number on my screen and left his reg in the hotel reception.after discussing the incident with him he offered to buy a second hand bumper, pay for shipping and labour for fitting. he said he doesn't want to go through insurance or pay for new parts.Can he do this or can I insist on going through insurance? I do have his reg number from reception now. Can my insurance company track him and make a claim from him?Can he refuse as it wasn't on a public road but private car Park?Thanks

Our Response:
It's up to you to choose how you want to pursue it. The fact that is was on a private car park should not make any difference.
TrafficAccidentAdvice - 30-May-17 @ 12:43 PM
so I pulled off from a stop street and apparently heard a thud which I didn't take note. I wás stopped few seconds later n.told I had knocked someone off their bike in which I then switched my car off and jumped in the ppls cars that stopped me bk to the scene upon arrival I was in shock that I dd that. the guy had a broken leg .so we proceeded in going to report the accident cops ddnt éven help us at all. so I was taken bk to my vehicle of which these gentleman took pictures of my license disc n number plateand they left . my concern is if they haven't reported it now do I §till try and attempt to report it myself even if it happened two days ago.
qness - 30-May-17 @ 12:49 AM
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