A VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is an identifier number that is used to differentiate between different makes,  models and characteristics of the many vehicles manufactured all over the world. Much like a social security or social insurance number, every vehicle made is assigned a unique 17 digit VIN which is stamped on a metal plate or printed on a label and attached to the vehicle in several locations.


The VIN is most easily viewed on the driver-side dashboard through the windshield, or on the driver-side door frame, but may also located on other areas of the vehicle. (See graphic below).  Law enforcement agencies can use the VIN to determine if a vehicle has an active theft record and has been reported stolen.

Sample Vehicle Info Tag with VIN, Barcode and Other Info

Typical VIN Locations on a Vehicle

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