MMUCC Training

V1: Vehicle Identification Number

Definition:

A unique combination of alphanumeric or numeric characters assigned to a specific motor vehicle that is designated by the manufacturer.

Element Attributes:
Motor Vehicle Identification Number

Manufacturer assigned number (permanently affixed to the motor vehicle).

(From State Police Instruction Manuals): Enter the VIN from the vehicle, usually available from the driver's side dashboard near the windshield. The VIN should have 17 alphanumeric characters for vehicles manufactured after 1980. Do NOT copy the VIN from the vehicle registration; typographical errors may exist, or the plates may be on the wrong vehicle.

Rationale:

Important to identify specific motor vehicle design characteristics and occupant protection systems for effectiveness evaluations.

Common VIN Locations