Need to Find Your VIN #?
Option 1 - 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.
Option 2 - Look in front of the engine block. Pop open the hood and check the front of the engine. Some manufacturers affix a body plate that contains the VIN or a partial VIN (typically the last eight characters). This plate should be attached to the firewall inside the engine compartment.
Option 3 - Check the front of the car frame. Sometimes, the VIN will appear on the car frame, near the windshield washer container. You should crouch down in front of the car on the driver’s side and check.
Option 4 - Pick up the spare tire. The VIN sometimes appears underneath the spare tire, which is usually in the trunk. Pick up the tire to check.
Option 5 - Check the driver-side door. The VIN should also appear on the Federal Safety Certification Label which is in all new cars. This label should appear on the driver’s side door in the following places:
- On the driver-side doorpost. With the door open, check the spot where the door latches. It should be near the seatbelt return.
- Inside the driver-side doorjamb. Open the door and look straight ahead. The VIN should be inside the doorjamb, where the mirror is located when the door is shut.
Option 6 - Peek in the rear wheel well. Crouch down beside the car, near the rear wheel on the driver’s side. Look up into the well, above the tire. The VIN might be located there, inside the wheel well.
Option 7 - Check the title. You can find the VIN on the title document. It will appear in different places, depending on your state, but should be on the front of the title near the top.
Option 8 - Find your registration card. The VIN should also appear on the front of your registration card. Contact your Department of Motor Vehicles if you don’t have a registration card for the car.
Option 9 - Read the owner’s manual. The VIN should also appear in the owner’s manual that came with the car. If the car is new, you should have the manual. However, you might not have it if you bought a used car.
Option 10 - Check your insurance documents. You probably had to provide the VIN to your insurer, so check your insurance card or insurance policy. The VIN should be listed there.
Option 11 - Check the Federal Safety Certification Label. Federal law requires newer vehicles have a safety label, which should contain the VIN. This label is typically located inside the driver’s side door, and is affixed to the rear or forward door pillar post. It may also be on the door itself. Check for signs the label may have been tampered with:
- The label should be entirely fastened to the vehicle without any loose corners.
- There shouldn’t be any tears or scratches on the label. In particular, pay attention to the VIN.
- The label should have a shiny clear coat.
- The label should be smooth to the touch, without scratches.
- The label shouldn’t be partially obscured with a screw or rust proofing material.
- The VIN on the certification label should match the VINs that appear elsewhere on the vehicle.