Free Professional VIN Decoder

The universal free vindecoder.

Enter VIN Number

Frequently Asked Questions

What is VIN?
Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is a unique serial number used by the automotive industry to identify individual motor vehicles. In 1981 the format for VIN was standadized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the United States. It required all over-the-road-vehicles sold to contain a 17-character VIN, which do not include the letters I (i), O (o), or Q (q) (to avoid confusion with numerals 1 and 0).
Where is VIN located?
VIN is normally located in several locations on a car, but the most common places are:
  • On your car's title, registration, guarantee/maintenance book or on the declarations page of your auto insurance policy
  • On the dash near the windshield
  • On the door frame/door post of the front doors (usually driver's but sometimes passenger's)
  • On the engine itself (machined pad on front of engine)
  • In the left-hand inner wheel arch
  • On the steering wheel/steering column
  • On the car's firewall
  • On the radiator support bracket
What is WMI?
World Manfacturer Identifier (WMI) is the first three characters that uniquely identify the manufacturer of the vehicle.
What is VDS?
Vehicle Descriptor Section (VDS) is the 4th to 9th positions are used, according to local regulations, to identify the vehicle type, and may include information on the automobile platform used, the model, and the body style.
What is VIS?
Vehicle Identifier Section (VIS) is the 10th to 17th positions are used by the manufacturer to identify the individual vehicle in question. This may include information on options installed or engine and transmission choices.
Are there any guarantees for information provided?
No. Our service is free and we make no guarantees on it. For more information read our Terms
What should I do if my VIN is not decoded or is decoded wrong?
You can notify us through our contact form. We will try to correct the error as soon as possible.