How to use CAIR

If you are interested in using CAIR in your business, you need to apply for a CAIR account.  Submit an application [492k pdf] and proof of your business credentials (Certificate of Incorporation, Licenses, etc.).  Send application to:

225 East State Street – 3 East
P.O. Box 122
Trenton, NJ 08666 – 0122

When completing the application, we ask that you use your own words to describe your “specific intended use” for the driver or vehicle abstracts in question.  Applications will be denied if you simply copy your answers from the MVC database.

Please direct your questions to:

(609) 292-4572
Fax (609) 341-2732

 How to make an inquiry using the CAIR Program.

Once your application is approved, you will be required to make a minimum initial deposit of $500.  The deposit will cover individual record requests in the database.  Each request will be billed against your account and you will need to maintain a positive balance to continue accessing data.

To make an inquiry, you must enter a license plate number, driver license number or vehicle identification number (VIN).

A license plate number inquiry will give you:

  • Owner’s name and address
  • Vehicle Information
  • Leased vehicle status
  • Recent transaction dates

The driver license number inquiry will give you a five-year driver history abstract.

A VIN number inquiry will give you:

  • Original mileage
  • Mileage status
  • Lien holder names and addresses

If you opt to use the Ownership History option, the New Jersey VIN data will also be provided (restricted to Insurance Companies ONLY).

Individual User Guide [pdf]

Batch User Guide [pdf]

If you have technical difficulties

You can connect to our database through the Internet. If you cannot access the information, go to our support site. .

You may also call the MVC's CAIR unit at 609-292-4572.