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May 26, 2016

Oklahoma Vehicle Identification Numbers
How do I find a motor vehicle history in Oklahoma?

In the state of Oklahoma, the Motor Division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission deals with the titling and registering of cars, boats, outboard motors, manufactured homes, travel trailers, and commercial trailers. They are located at:

Motor Division of the Oklahoma Tax Commission

2501 Lincoln Boulevard

Oklahoma City, OK 73194

(405) 521-3221

Beginning in 2017, the state of Oklahoma has undergone a redesign of its license plates and these new plates will be issued at the time of the registration of the vehicle. You can request information on the titles of vehicles via the state of Oklahoma; however, many of these records are subject to the Driver’s Privacy Protection Act of 1994 and are available only to law enforcement agencies and those who currently own the vehicle.

There are some forms available which may be of service:

  • FORM 769 – Vehicle Information Request Revision – aka Confidentiality & Record Access;
  • MV: General Title Information;
  • MV: Original Oklahoma Titles;
  • MV: Odometer Disclosure;
  • Lien Information Form;
  • Record Access;
  • Confidentiality of Vehicle Information;
  • Annual Report; and
  • Stored Vehicle Search.

While you may be able to get information from the state of Oklahoma regarding a motor vehicle history, that information is subject to strict Federal penalty laws and will usually only be able to tell you information on the current title, such as:

  • Records about any title changes;
  • Facts about theft or full damage;
  • Reports about road accidents;
  • Any repairs that were registered; and
  • Other facts that were registered by DMV offices.

There are other widely used databases which are very helpful when it comes to researching the motor vehicle history of a vehicle. One of these is the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System, which is a database for cars that have been in the possession of auto recyclers, junk yards, and salvage yards. Places like this are often easy prey for thieves to steal VIN numbers from cars which have been destroyed. Therefore, they are more heavily regulated by the government and the data to be reported is mandated, including:

  • The name, address, and contact information for the reporting entity;
  • The VIN;
  • The date the automobile was obtained;
  • The name of the person or entity from whom the automobile was obtained;
  • A statement of whether the automobile was crushed or disposed of, or offered for sale or other purposes; and
  • Whether the vehicle is to be exported out of the country.

The public doesn’t have access to the NMVTIS database, but they contract with other providers so that you can get the same information. Although none is specifically endorsed by the state of Oklahoma, there are many places on the Internet to get a full National Motor Vehicle Title Information System report:

The National Insurance Crime Bureau is another free database and they recommend VINcheck as a way to check a VIN number. VINcheck will tell you if a car has been reported stolen and has not been recovered.

Finally, there is instaVIN®, which provides the most up-to-date vehicle records that you can either download or you can get by visiting your local DMV. Your instaVIN® vehicle history and title report should include the following information:

  • Current State of Title Information;
  • Historical Title Information;
  • Disclosure of Brand History on Title:
    • Flood;
    • Salvage;
    • Odometer Rollback
    • 61 Possible Problem Events.
  • Odometer Information – when a car registration is performed in Oklahoma an odometer reading is taken. A vehicle history report includes this reading;
  • Information on Previous Accidents – an LA vehicle history check contains accident-related information. If a vehicle has been in an accident it may affect the life and/or the safety of a vehicle;
  • Open Lien/Loan Information Including: Issuing Financial Institution – if there are any liens or loans against the vehicle then upon purchasing the car you assume the responsibility for those liens. In some states, debts such as child support can also be tied to the car, therefore, it is imperative that you make sure there are no outstanding liens against the car that you are purchasing;
  • Impound & Towing Events; and
  • Active Theft Data.

Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Department of the Tax Commission

Oklahoma Tax Commission Motor Vehicle Division Vehicle Information Request (FORM 769)

Vehicle Information Request Renewal (FORM 769)

Motor Vehicle: General Title Information

Motor Vehicle: Original Oklahoma Titles

Motor Vehicle: Odometer Disclosure

Motor Vehicle Lien Forms

Motor Vehicle Annual Reports

Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Department Record Request Services (same as FORM 769)

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Store Vehicle Search

National Title Motor Vehicle Information System

VINCheck – recognized by the National Insurance Crime Bureau

instaVIN®

Lemon Law in Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Lemon Law can be found in the Oklahoma Stat. Ann. Title 15, § 901. It was designed to protect consumers from falling victim to faulty vehicles and to protect buyers who purchase or lease new or used vehicles which have substantial defects and/or are unsafe to be driven.

The Oklahoma Lemon Law covers any motor vehicle which is required to be registered in the state. It DOES not cover vehicles weighing over 10,000 pounds gross vehicle weight nor does it cover the living facilities of motor homes, but does appear to cover leased vehicles.

The lemon law in Oklahoma covers the following consumers:

  1. The buyer, other than for purposes of resale, of a motor vehicle;
  2. Any person to whom the motor vehicle is transferred during the duration of an express warranty which is applicable to the vehicle;
  3. Any other person who is entitled by the terms of the warranty to enforce its obligations.

The Oklahoma lemon law covers any defect or condition that substantially impairs the use and the market value of the motor vehicle to the consumer. This defect is also known as nonconformity. You should know that the lemon law provides manufacturers with a defense if it can be shown that any nonconformity is due to abuse, neglect, an accident, or unauthorized modifications or alterations of the motor vehicle by a consumer who did not use the manufacturer’s agent or authorized dealer.

If the manufacturer, its agent or authorized dealer is unable to return the motor vehicle to any applicable express warranty by repairing or correcting any nonconformity after a reasonable number of repair attempts, then the manufacturer must either replace or repurchase said vehicle. These repairs must take place even if the term of the one (1) year express warranty has expired.

The Attorney General for the state of Oklahoma defines a lemon to be a new vehicle with a defect that is significant enough to severely impair its use or market value. By the definition of the Attorney General of Oklahoma, if your car fits the definition of a lemon and has:

  • Been through four (4) unsuccessful repair attempts; OR
  • Out of service for thirty (30) business days

If this is the case with your vehicle then your claim has merit. You must then send written notice to the manufacturer (certified mail with return receipt requested.) Without the written notification, there is no lemon law claim. The written notification to the manufacturer allows them one more opportunity to cure the alleged defect. The manufacturer must provide, either in the warranty or in a separate notice, written notice and instruction to the consumer about this notification requirement.

The lemon law provisions requiring a manufacturer to replace or repurchase a vehicle do not apply to a consumer who has not first used an informal dispute settlement procedure that complies with C.F.R. Part 703. In most states the Arbitration or Informal Dispute Resolution Process is handled by the Better Business Bureau. In Oklahoma, the following manufacturers have an Informal Dispute Resolution with the following manufacturers:

  • Audi, Bentley, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Ford, GMC Truck, Hyundai, Indian Motorcycle, Infiniti, Kia, Land Rover, Lincoln, Lotus, Mazda, Mercury, Nissan, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, smart USA, and Volkswagen.

If the Arbitrators agree with the consumer then the matter is considered finished and the manufacturer is required to either give the consumer a vehicle of comparable value (usually the same model and features) or give the consumer a refund. If the manufacturer prevails, then the consumer has the option of taking the manufacturer to court for a second chance at winning the case.

If you feel that you have been a victim of Auto Fraud, then you should contact the Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission by mail or online using the form provided below:

Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission

4334 NW Expressway Suite 183

Oklahoma City, OK 73116-1515

Phone: 405-607-8227

Fax: 405-607-8909

Oklahoma Lemon Law

Oklahoma Attorney General Lemon Law Guide

Oklahoma Attorney General Lemon Law Brochure

Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission Consumer Information

Better Business Bureau Oklahoma Summary

Better Business Bureau Oklahoma AUTO LINE

Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission complaint form for NEW VEHICLES

When is it time to hire a Lemon Law Attorney?

Although the lemon laws appear to be clear, the procedures and timelines can get confusing. When you are dealing with corporations and manufacturers it is beneficial to have an attorney on your side. You are dealing with professional negotiators and many find it helpful to have an attorney or a professional on your side.

Lemon Law lawyers are also helpful because:

  • Knowledge of the law – Experienced lemon law lawyers not only know they law, but they can also make educated decisions about your case;
  • Experience – Attorneys who have experience with lemon law cases in the past will be able to handle your case better;
  • Negotiating Power – Although it sounds unfair, having an attorney will help the process go faster and smoother and will help compel the manufacturer to comply; and
  • Trusted Advice – your attorney can provide you with advice and can provide you the best ways to move forward.

To search for an attorney in Oklahoma you can always search the Oklahoma State Bar Association for a reputable attorney to handle your case.

Oklahoma State Bar Association

Oklahoma Bar Association Find a Lawyer

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
Driver’s License Office
430 N Berry Rd
1 405-364-9595

Driver License Exam Station
Department of Motor Vehicles
28 E Main St
1 405-341-4930

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
Driver’s License Office
728 E Interstate 240 Service Rd
1 405-425-7222

Oklahoma Department Of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety
3600 N Martin Luther King Ave
1 405-425-2424

Oklahoma Department of Public Safety
Department of Public Safety
701 E 12th Ave
1 405-743-9140

Oklahoma Motor Vehicle Commission
Department of Motor Vehicles
4334 Northwest Expy # 183
1 405-607-8227

Claremore Drivers License Bureau
Department of Motor Vehicles
2060 S Lynn Riggs Blvd
1 918-342-2490

Department of Driver’s License
Driver’s License Office
1635 S Main St
1 918-259-0764

Shawnee Driver’s License Exam Station
Driver’s License Office
1821 N Airport Dr
1 405-273-8124

Driver License
Driver’s License Office
1120 Opal Ave
1 580-323-0678

Tag Agent
Department of Motor Vehicles
20 1st Ave NE
1 918-542-7006

Driver Examiner Division
Department of Motor Vehicles
2101 N 14th St
1 580-762-1728

Oklahoma Tax Commission
Tax Department
2501 N Lincoln Blvd
1 405-521-3160

Driver License Testing
Department of Motor Vehicles
301 S 2nd St
1 405-222-1809

Lawton Driver License
Department of Motor Vehicles
705 E Gore Blvd
1 580-353-6550

Tag Agent
Department of Motor Vehicles
25 Plaza South St
1 918-453-2889

Spiro Tag Agency
Auto Tag Agency
800 W Broadway
1 918-962-2293

Woodward State Drivers License
Department of Motor Vehicles
2411 Williams Ave # 112
1 580-256-8089

Comanche County Motor License Agency
Driver’s License Office
902 SW 38th St
1 580-355-3810

Lawton-Fort Sill Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
29 SW D Ave
1 580-355-8247

Elk City Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
115 E Broadway Ave
1 580-225-1936

Tag Agent
Department of Motor Vehicles
200 S Broadway St
1 580-772-7868

Ardmore Tag Office
Auto Tag Agency
2001 Veterans Blvd
1 580-223-8664

Westville Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
218 Williams Ave
1 918-723-3762

Altus Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
802 Falcon Rd
1 580-480-0400

Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
114 W Main St
1 580-362-3618

Le Flore County Driver License
Department of Motor Vehicles
103 N Church St
1 918-647-8269

Guthrie Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
2105 S Division St
1 405-282-3873

Idabel Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
1403 SE Washington St
1 580-208-2222

Tag Agent
Department of Motor Vehicles
2801 N Broadway St # 3
1 918-647-7115

Kansas Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
8089 US-412 ALT
1 918-868-3977

Durant Tag Agency
License Bureau
206 W Evergreen St
1 580-924-0466

TAG Agency of Enid
Department of Motor Vehicles
112 N Oakwood Rd
1 580-242-8247
Open until 5:00 PM

Driver License Exam Station
Driver’s License Office
701 E 12th Ave
1 405-743-9140

Atoka Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
119 N Ohio Ave
1 580-889-2261

Stilwell Tag Office
Department of Motor Vehicles
115 W Division St
1 918-696-3841

Eufaula Tag Agent
Department of Motor Vehicles
305 S Main St
1 918-689-3336

Beaver Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
1 580-625-3376

Tag Agent of Sapulpa
Department of Motor Vehicles
713 S Mission St
1 918-224-0264

Weaver’s Tag Agency
License Bureau
105 W Ray Fine Blvd
1 918-427-3269

Vern Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
708 S 49th W Ave
1 918-582-2122

Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
421 W Broadway St
1 918-623-1582

Drivers License Testing
Department of Motor Vehicles
120 South 5th
1 580-924-2068

Cleveland Tag Agent
Department of Motor Vehicles
108 S Broadway St
1 918-358-2363

Greenway Tag Agency
License Bureau
11721 S Western Ave
1 405-691-8700

Tag Agent
Department of Motor Vehicles
206 E Evans Ave
1 405-382-0038

Tag Agent
Department of Motor Vehicles
2101 N 14th St #133
1 580-765-8711

Pryor Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
420 E Graham Ave
1 918-825-5020

Catoosa Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
1875 OK-66
1 918-266-3296

Pauls Valley Tag Office
Department of Motor Vehicles
113 E Paul Ave
1 405-238-5534

Allen Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
207 E Broadway
1 580-857-2477

Perkins Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
222 N Main St
1 405-547-2184

Alva Tag Office
Department of Motor Vehicles
324 7th St #5
1 580-327-4920

Henryetta Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
904 E Trudgeon St
1 918-652-4313

Tag Agent
Department of Motor Vehicles
601 Schley St
1 918-773-5330

Wagoner Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
103 N Harrill Ave
1 918-485-5500

Mangum Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
127 S Oklahoma Ave
1 580-782-3004

Drivers License
Department of Motor Vehicles
114 1st Ave SE
1 918-540-2871

Downtown OKC Tag Agency
Department of Motor Vehicles
119 N Robinson Ave #205
1 405-232-5299

Tag Agent
Department of Motor Vehicles
305 S 4th St
1 580-928-5181

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