Originally Posted by Ragingbull
John is LEIN strictly for LEO's?
Basically yes*, I don't know about other states first hand but here in Michigan that's how it supposed to work. They are not supposed to give the information out except in an "official" capacity which takes in if the vehicle is simply abandoned.
It does not hurt to ask.
* The information is also used by Department of Motor Vehicles, Secretary of State or what ever they call the outfit doing vehicle registrations in your area. There may be other "Official" uses of it that I'm not aware of as well.