Where is my VIN?
The VIN is your Vehicle Identification Number. All vehicles are assigned one of these unique numbers. It’s usually a 17 character ID commonly found on the driver’s side interior dash, as well as on title records. Every vehicle has a VIN. Assigned at the time your vehicle was manufactured, it is unique to your vehicle. Think of it as your vehicle’s DNA or fingerprint. No two vehicles have the same number. The VIN is used to track things like your vehicle’s insurance policies, accident reports, and anytime you have body or engine work performed on your vehicle.
Like with DNA, a vehicle’s VIN describes the vehicle details, such as the manufacturer, model, year, engine and transmission types, etc. When copying down your vehicle’s VIN, it is important to note that the letters I or O will never appear in your VIN. These will be represented as the numbers 1 and 0.
There are a number of different places that your VIN may appear on your vehicle. (You should also be able to find it on your vehicle’s insurance and title records.)
If your vehicle identification number is missing or illegible, your vehicle could be impounded. It is very important to make sure your vehicle identification number is easily accessible, and intact.
Please call our dmv services office at San Diego Automotive & Registration Inc at 619-368-1532. We can assist you in obtaining a vin tag legally. This is a common occurrence, we can assist you with the documents necessary to have your vehicle back on the road and legal in no time.