Volkswagen Air-Cooled 1970-1981 Repair Guide

Vehicle Certification Label


See Figure 1

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Fig. Fig. 1: The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is located throughout the vehicle, such as on the upper left-hand corner of the dashboard

The vehicle certification label is a decal affixed to the left door jamb. It indicates that the vehicle meets all U.S. federal safety standards as of the date of manufacture. The label also gives the chassis number of the car. Beginning with the 1973 model year, the label lists the gross vehicle weight rating and the gross axle weight rating. The gross vehicle weight rating is useful in determining the load carrying capacity of your car. Merely subtract the curb weight from the posted gross weight and what is left over is about how much you can haul. The gross axle weight rating is a good guide to the weight distribution of your car.

The vehicle certification label is constructed of special material to guard against its alteration. If it is tampered with or removed, it will be destroyed or the word "VOID" will appear.