What information can I get from a license plate?

There are situations that often lead you to wonder if it is possible to obtain certain information from a license plate. This is the case when you want to know the identity of the owner of a vehicle that hit and run after hitting you from behind. A driver has left a parking lot and forgotten something valuable, how can you tell him that his property is in good hands? Or you simply want to know the identity of a pretty young woman in the car next to you. Rumors are currently circulating about the possibility of obtaining a good amount ofinformation through one’s license plate. Is this possible? What type of information can be collected?

Know the identity of the motorist through his license plate

In principle, access to the vehicle registration system (SIV) is reserved only for a restricted category of people. Indeed, only the gendarmerie, the police, the prefectures, the administrations and the government can access the SIV file. These documents and information are useful to them in the performance of their work. Of course, individuals are not allowed to consult them in order to avoid abuse.

In case of a hit and run or bad behavior on the road, what you can do is to file a complaint. This way, you can easily identify the owner of the vehicle after the investigation by the officials. Unfortunately, the way seems complex, even impossible for a private individual who wants to know the identity of a motorist who forgot his backpack in the parking lot or the beautiful young woman in the car next door. It is also important to note that it is not possible to obtain the driver’s telephone number through his or her license plate in order to preserve the privacy of each individual.

Does the registration identify the model of a vehicle?

Currently, several online sales sites for spare parts or for the coast of the car can clearly identify the model of the vehicle from its registration. All the user has to do is type in the series of letters and numbers, and it’s done. However, the use of such information requires prior authorization from the prefecture.

Get the car’s serial number

The sequence of letters and numbers on the license plate cannot be used to determine the vehicle’s serial number. To acquire it, you need to see the car in question. Rest assured, the vehicle identification number (or VIN) is prominently displayed in several places, such as on the lower part of the windshield.

Is the department identifiable?

Determining the department or region of origin of the car is possible. This is done through the last two or three characters on the license plate. But for some time now, motorists have tended to put the department of their choice on their car. This does not make certain the veracity of the information provided by the license plate.

In conclusion, the registration may contain some confidential information, which does not allow everyone to have access to it. However, there are a few exceptions.

Illegible license plate: beware of penalties that may be incurred

With this winter’s snowy roads, our license plate may be unreadable or even invisible. While this is not really our intention, it is still an offense punishable by law.

Sanctions on the agenda

Indeed, all those who will go against this ban will be fined. Moreover, Commissioner Bertrand Caroy of the Boraine Police Zone did not mince his words when speaking about this subject. Word for word, he said: ” The police will automatically pull the driver over and ticket him, or ask him to clean his plate, which will usually annoy him. But at least we stop the infraction! “Although this is happening in Belgium, it cannot be excluded that such a regulation will also apply in France during the winter. Especially since unreadable plates are an unfortunate problem that affects all countries around the world.

So, if you get stopped by the police on your way to work, don’t expect to apologize by saying it’s the snow or mud’s fault. Before you hit the road, make sure your plate is clean and easy to read for both police and speed cameras. The plate must always be clearly visible in order to identify the vehicle and prosecute the driver in the event of a violation. Failure to comply with this rule may result in a fine for the driver of the car.

However, if the motorist purposely makes the license plate illegible (e.g., by covering it), a more severe penalty may be imposed. In the worst case, his driver’s license could be revoked. Not to mention the imprisonment he may be subject to, the length of which depends on the nature of the offence committed.

Clean your car before you leave

In short, we all know at this point that snow helps hide our license plate. However, to avoid fines and penalties of any kind, always take the time to clean it well before leaving home. There are even products on the market that you can use to prevent snow from accumulating there.



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