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How to check for stolen motorcycle VIN numbers

A motorcyle Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a unique identifier that is stamped on your motorcycle at the factory. You can use your motorcycle's VIN to find out where the motorcycle was registered and its titles, its accident history and its number of owners. While there are many online companies willing to charge you a fee for running a motorcycle VIN, checking the VIN against a list of stolen motorcycles is actually a function of your local police. Checking your motorbike's VIN with the police will give you access to the most up-to-date stolen motorcycle information.

Check your motorbike for the VIN. If your bike was made after 1970, it will have a tag somewhere on the frame. Earlier bikes may have a VIN on the frame or on the engine case.

Write down your VIN.

Take the VIN to your local police station and ask them to perform a VIN check. You may be charged a fee for the service.


Call ahead before you go down to your local police station. There may be specific times that they perform VIN checks. In addition, you may be required to bring identity documents or proof of ownership.

About the Author

Stephanie Ellen teaches mathematics and statistics at the university and college level. She coauthored a statistics textbook published by Houghton-Mifflin. She has been writing professionally since 2008. Ellen holds a Bachelor of Science in health science from State University New York, a master's degree in math education from Jacksonville University and a Master of Arts in creative writing from National University.

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