565.4 General requirements. Vehicle Identification Numbers VIN:
Code of Federal Regulations
Title 49, Volume 5, Parts 400 to 999
Revised as of October 1, 2000
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NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
PART 565--VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER REQUIREMENTS--Table of
Sec. 565.4 General requirements.
(a) Each vehicle manufactured in one stage shall have a VIN that
is assigned by the manufacturer. Each vehicle manufactured in more
than one stage shall have a VIN assigned by the incomplete vehicle
manufacturer. Vehicle alterers, as specified in 49 CFR 567.7, shall
utilize the VIN assigned by the original manufacturer of the vehicle.
(b) Each VIN shall consist of seventeen (17) characters.
(c) A check digit shall be part of each VIN. The check digit shall
appear in position nine (9) of the VIN, on the vehicle and on any
transfer documents containing the VIN prepared by the manufacturer
to be given to the first owner for purposes other than resale.
(d) The VINs of any two vehicles manufactured within a 30-year
period shall not be identical.
(e) The VIN of each vehicle shall appear clearly and indelibly
upon either a part of the vehicle, other than the glazing, that
is not designed to be removed except for repair or upon a separate
plate or label that is permanently affixed to such a part.
(f) The VIN for passenger cars, multipurpose passenger vehicles
and trucks of 4536 kg or less GVWR shall be located inside the passenger
compartment. It shall be readable, without moving any part of the
vehicle, through the vehicle glazing under daylight lighting conditions
by an observer having 20/20 vision (Snellen) whose eye-point is
located outside the vehicle adjacent to the left windshield pillar.
Each character in the VIN subject to this paragraph shall have a
minimum height of 4 mm.
(g) Each character in each VIN shall be one of the letters in the
set: [ABCDEFGHJKLMNPRSTUVWXYZ] or a numeral in the set: 
assigned according to the method given in Sec. 565.5.
(h) All spaces provided for in the VIN must be occupied by a character
specified in paragraph (g) of this section.
(i) The type face utilized for each VIN shall consist of capital,
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Number "VIN" contain a lot of important information about
your car and can tell the history of:
- Where is the vehicle produced? Country Manufactured
- What company manufactured the car? Manufacturer
- What is the vehicle type? Vehicle Type
- What are the vehicle features
- Accuracy Check Digit
- Model Year
- Production Plant
- Sequential Number
VIN number check is very important because
you can learn the history and a lot of information about a vehicle.
You can find out if a car is a lemon. First, you want to make sure
that the VIN number on the car is the same as the description of
the car. You need to check the engine compartment and all possible
places (dashboard, hood, ) for that particular model, type and year
of vehicle, make sure each of the VIN sticker match with the one
on the body.
What is a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) ?
A car’s vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying
code for your SPECIFIC automobile. It is your car's fingerprint.
It sets their vehicles apart from the millions of vehicles out there.
Recently the VIN is reflected by 17 digit characters. It displays
a car’s uniqueness and manufacturer and provides a method
to trace your car from the factory to the junk yard. Your VIN can
be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts
and insurance coverage. If you want to know the history of your
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Visit the following links to understand more about VIN number:
and purpose - The application and the intention of VIN
number identification and recall usage.
of VIN - The start of VIN number
in the United States
Requirement - Learn how to read the code "decoder"
the Vehicle Identification Numbers
Damage - How to identify Flood damage and insurance prevention.
- Learn the terms of the VIN number
Vehicles - the motor vehicle import and the requirement
- Using VIN number to indentify theft recovery
Fact - The statististics of top 10 stolen vehicles and
10 metropolitan areas with highest level of vehicle theft
Prevention - Suggestion on the level of protection for
Requirement - All about the requirement of VIN number on a
can I find my car VIN number? -
Suggestions on places where you may find VIN number
sticker or engraving on the body parts of your car.
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