The vehicle identification number (VIN) is a seventeen-digit combination of letters and numbers. The VIN is stamped on a metal tab riveted on the instrument panel, top upper left of the dash. The official Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) for title and registration purposes is stamped on a metal plate. The plate is fastened to the instrument panel near the windshield on the driver side of the vehicle and is visible from the outside. The VIN is 17 characters long. The last six digits of the VIN indicate the serial number of each unit built at each assembly plant. The production serial number begins with 100,000 and may sequence through 999,999.
The VIN number is also found on the vehicle certification (VC) label, and contains the following information: world manufacturer identifier (1); restraint type code (2); lines, series, body type (3); engine code (4); check digit (5); model year code (6); assembly plant code (7); and production sequence number (8).
The vehicle identification number (VIN) can be found at two locations. It is stamped on a metal tab that is riveted to the front of the instrument panel, and visible through the windshield on the driver-s side of the vehicle. It can also be found on the vehicle certification label, which is affixed to the driver-s door jamb near the latch.
The seventeen digit number includes the following information:
- Digits 1-3: Manufacturer, make, and type of vehicle.
- Digit 4: GVWR and brake system.
- Digits 5-7: Model or line, series, and body type.
- Digit 8: Engine type.
- Digit 9: Check digit.
- Digit 10: Model year.
- Digit 11: Assembly plant.
Digits 12-17: Vehicle serial number.