How to Find Your VIN Number

Every car has a unique identifier commonly known as the VIN (or vehicle identification number). The car’s VIN records things like when it was bought, sold and serviced, along with tracking safety recalls issued by manufacturers. Interestingly, car manufacturer’s initially created VINs in the 1950s. However, in 1981 VIN numbers were standardized by the government with a 17-digit code that includes a serial number, along with other descriptors like the make and model. Because the VIN unlocks vital information about a vehicle, potential buyers can learn a lot about a car with the number. As a result, providing the VIN is the first step in uncovering the potential value of a car.

How to Find VIN Number on Your Car

The VIN is physically imprinted in multiple locations on every car. To help understand what you are looking for, then a VIN looks like a standard barcode with numbers and a few letters.

Now that you know what to look for, you need to know where to look. The VIN is located on the driver’s side dashboard (which you can see through the windshield) and on the lower half of the driver’s door.

 where to look for your VIN number

For owners of classic cars, the VIN might be in another spot, such as the steering wheel column. Fortunately, if you can’t find the VIN in a common spot on the car, there are other resources to confirm the VIN for a potential buyer.

How to Find VIN Number Online 

Car owners possess a few official documents that contain your VIN. So, if you are not near your vehicle or can’t identify the VIN on your car, start with your car’s paperwork. To start, your car insurance policy and/or card will include the VIN. Also, the title and registration will contain your VIN number as well.