How do I find the insurance company for someone else's car?

I was walking out of a grocery store and recording a video for a friend when I saw a car hit my truck and drive away! I got the license plate number on camera, but I don’t have any other information. What’s the best way for me to find the insurance company and information for someone else’s car?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Sorry to hear about your hit and run! It may sound like a process, but you can easily get someone else’s car insurance information from the DMV, the police, or your insurance provider.
If you go to the DMV or police for their
car insurance
information, you’ll need to submit a request and report. You’ll also need to provide a verifiable reason for your request along with any information about the situation you can remember. Keep in mind, they may deny your request if you provide inaccurate or outdated information—so make sure your paperwork is meticulous!
Since you got the license plate number, you can also go to your insurance provider. They can use the license plate number to find the other person’s policy and even help you file a claim! Remember, this is why you pay your provider! Give them all the information you can, and let them handle it.
But if your provider is uncooperative, it may be time to explore your other options with
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