History of VIN

The VIN or Vehicle Identification Number is akin to a DNA identifying number for your car or truck.

During the 1950s, automobile manufacturers began to cast or stamp identification numbers on vehicles and parts. This number soon became known as a VIN, the purpose of which was to accurately identify vehicles produced en masse, however early VINs varied greatly from manufacturer to manufacturer.

Starting in the 1980s, the United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHSTA) started requiring all vehicles contain a 17-character VIN thus creating a unified system that all vehicle manufacturers now use today.

VINs are unique to each vehicle and are used to identify the vehicle. The 17 digits never include the letters I, O, or Q to avoid confusion.

If you’ve ever wondered what your VIN represents, you should read our article Decoding Your VIN.