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RTO Vehicle Information: Check Vehicle Owner details by Number Plate

Team AckoMay 3, 2023

Whether you are buying a used vehicle or encountering a hit-and-run situation on the road, knowing the vehicle registration and car/bike insurance details of the two-wheeler/four-wheeler in the spotlight is crucial.

Here, RTO vehicle information can help you know the owner's details.

But how do you check vehicle owner details by number plate?

Read ahead to find out the answer.

Check Vehicle Owner details Online



How to check vehicle owner details by registration number online

Checking vehicle owner details by number plate (online) is a straightforward process, thanks to the internet-enabled smartphones and computers. There are mainly three ways to check vehicle Registration Certificate (RC) details, and they are mentioned below.

  1. Through the ACKO app

  2. Through the Parivahan website

  3. Through SMS

Steps to check vehicle registration details through the ACKO app

One of the easiest ways to get vehicle registration details online is by using the ACKO app. You need not visit any website or send any SMS. Just log on to the app, type the vehicle number, and get the vehicle owner details by number plate online.

Following are the steps to check vehicle registration details online via the ACKO app.

  • Step 1: Download and install the "ACKO app" on your smartphone from the PlayStore or AppStore.

  • Step 2: Open the app and log in with your mobile number.

  • Step 3: Tap on "RTO info" from the list of available services.

  • Step 4: Enter the vehicle registration number and tap on the green arrow.

On the next page, you can view details like vehicle make, model, fuel type, registration date, owner's name (partially), engine number, and the chassis number (partially).

Example Vehicle Owner details via ACKO App:

Example result of Checking Vehicle Owner details by Registration Number Plate

How to check vehicle owner details by registration number through the Parivahan website

You can also check the car and bike owner details by number plate online via the Parivahan website under the VAHAN e-services portal. All you need is an internet-enabled smartphone or computer to check vehicle registration details through VAHAN. Here are the steps of the same.

  • Step 1: Log on to the Parivahan website.

  • Step 2: Select “Informational Services” and click on “Know Your Vehicle Details” from the drop-down list. Alternatively, you can open the Vahan search page on the Parivahan website.

  • Step 3: Create an account by entering your mobile number and email ID. If you already have an account, log in using your mobile number.

  • Step 4: On the next page, enter the vehicle number and captcha code and click on “Vahan Search”.

On the next page, you can view the vehicle and owner information.

What details of the vehicle owner can be obtained using VAHAN?

Post completion of the steps mentioned in the above section, a new page will open with the vehicle RC details.

Following are the details you can view through the Parivahan website.

  • Vehicle type, make, model, emission norm and fuel type.

  • RTO details

  • Owner name (partially)

  • Vehicle registration date

  • Status and validity of registration/fitness

  • Validity of insurance

  • Validity of Pollution Under Control (PUC) certificate

  • Validity of MV (Motor Vehicle) tax or road tax.

  • Hypothecation status (whether the vehicle is financed or not)

Example of RC Status:

Check RC Status Online (Example)

Also, read: Vehicle Fitness Certificate

Steps to find vehicle registration details through SMS

You can use the SMS service offered by the VAHAN portal to find vehicle registration details such as the vehicle owner's details. Here are the steps. 

  • Step 1: Enter VAHAN (space) vehicle registration number on your phone's messaging app. Example: VAHAN KA01AB1XX2.

  • Step 2: Send it to the number: 7738299899

You will get an SMS in a few seconds with the vehicle owner details, including vehicle make/model, owner's name, RTO details, insurance validity, registration/fitness validity, etc. 

Please note that the SMS service may not always work. Hence, it's better to check vehicle owner details via the ACKO app or the VAHAN portal by following the steps mentioned in the above sections.

Also, read: RTO Office: All about Regional Transport Offices in India

Tracing vehicle (VAHAN) owner details by number plate: Why do you need this service?

Now, you know how to get the vehicle RC details or vehicle owners details. But why do you need to track the vehicle owner's details in the first place? We answer this question in this section.

Here are some common reasons to track vehicle owner details with the number plate.

Hit-and-run scenario

If you witness or are the victim of a hit-and-run scenario, tracking the vehicle owner's details with the number plate can come in handy. All you need to do is note down the vehicle’s registration number and find the owner’s details via the ACKO app, VAHAN portal, or SMS.

Accidental damages

Suppose your vehicle suffers damages in an accident, and there’s a dispute between you and the other party (the owner of the vehicle causing the accident). In that case, you can easily track owner details with the registration number. It can help you to avoid any road rage and take up the issue legally if required. 

Used vehicle purchase

If you buy a used vehicle from the owner or a third-party (dealer), it is important to check the owner's details to ensure that the vehicle complies with the legal requirements. You can search for owner details through the ACKO app, the VAHAN portal or via SMS by knowing the registration number.

During vehicle inspection

The authorities can verify your vehicle details through the VAHAN portal during their vehicle inspection process. It eliminates the need to carry hard copies of vehicle documents. You can produce the required soft copies uploaded in the DigiLocker app, and the authorities can verify the same using the VAHAN portal.

Frequently Asked Questions

Let's take a look at some of the most frequently asked questions and their answers related to checking vehicle RTO information with the number plate details.



Can traffic police track the vehicle owner with the number plate?

Traffic police can track the vehicle owner with the vehicle’s registration number.

Which app is the best to get RTO vehicle information?

You can use the ACKO app to get vehicle owner details. The process is straightforward and only takes a few minutes.

Can I get the contact number and address of the vehicle owner by number plate details?

You can only get details like vehicle owner name, RTO details, vehicle make and model, insurance details, etc., with the registration number. One cannot find out the owner's contact number and address with the number plate.

Why is it important to get the vehicle number plate?

It is essential to get the vehicle number plate because, as per The Motor Vehicles Act, a vehicle must be registered with the RTO and should display the registration number on the number plate. It is illegal to drive your vehicle without a registration plate. It also helps in tracking the vehicle details in case of violation of traffic rules and regulations.

How do I get the vehicle Registration Certificate details from the vehicle registration number?

You can download the ACKO app or visit the VAHAN portal to get the vehicle RC details from the registration number. Alternatively, you can also use the SMS service for the same.

Can I search for vehicle owner details through PAN (Permanent Account Number)?

No, you cannot find the vehicle owner details through PAN. You need the vehicle’s number plate details to find out the vehicle owner.

Can I get the vehicle owner's details by providing the Aadhaar card number?

You cannot use Aadhaar details to get information like vehicle owner details.

Can I check the road tax validity of my vehicle using the registration number?

Yes, you can check the road tax validity of your vehicle using the number plate details on the VAHAN portal.

Can I search commercial vehicle (cab, bus, auto-rickshaw, truck, etc.) owner details by number plate?

Yes, you can find out the commercial vehicle owner details with the registration number. You can use the ACKO app, VAHAN portal or SMS service to obtain the owner details.

Can I get the Driving Licence details through the vehicle registration number?

No, you cannot track the Driving Licence details by number plate. You can only find out the vehicle registration details through the number plate.

Why do the VAHAN owner details display the partial name of the vehicle owner?

The VAHAN portal displays the vehicle owner's partial name to safeguard the citizens' privacy rights. It is also done to prevent any misuse of the details. Hence, you can only view the partial name of the vehicle owner on the VAHAN and ACKO app.

How to search RC details by registration number in top cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, and Chennai?

You can search for vehicle registration details by number plate in top cities by visiting the VAHAN portal of the Parivahan website or through the ACKO app.

Disclaimer: The information mentioned on this page is compiled from different websites and government sources. The information may be updated from time to time. Hence, please refer to the respective government websites and verify before making any decisions.

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