What is a VIN?

Learn more about Vehicle Identification Numbers

The vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying code (for example, JS1GR7MA0D2100006 / 1HGBH41JXMN109186) for a SPECIFIC automobile. The VIN serves as the vehicle's fingerprint, as no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN. A VIN is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the vehicle's unique features, specifications and manufacturer. The VIN can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage.

What if the VIN is not 17 characters long?

Double-check to make sure that you have the right VIN and have copied it down correctly. Once you have verified that the VIN is definitely less than 17 characters, the VIN is most likely from a pre-1981 vehicle.

Prior to 1981, VINs varied in length from 11 to 17 characters. VinnerFAX can only report on vehicles that use a 17 character VIN. Therefore, information on vehicles manufactured before 1981 is limited.

What do the numbers and letters in a VIN mean?

What do the 17 digits in a VIN mean? See the breakdown below of the meaning behind each segment of the VIN:

Where Can I Find the Car's VIN?

The VIN can be found by looking at the dashboard on the driver's side of the vehicle. The easiest way to view it is to stand outside the vehicle on the driver's side and look at the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield. If the VIN cannot be found there, open the driver's side door and look at the door post (where the door latches when it is closed). It is likely that the VIN will also be displayed in this location. See the image below:

Where Can I Find the Motorcycle’s VIN?

Typically, the VIN is found on either the registration documents or the insurance policy. On the motorcycle itself, it is commonly found on the steering neck. This is located just behind the front forks, behind the headlight (if equipped). If you’re having trouble finding your motorcycle's VIN, check the manufacturer’s website for detailed instructions.

What does a VIN report include?

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