Where Can I Find My VIN?

If you do not know the VIN of a car you are trying to add to Check My Ride, remember that you can add vehicles to your profile on Check My Ride without a VIN! If you don’t know what the VIN is or you don’t have it in front of you, don’t worry about it. You can still enter your car on Check My Ride without the VIN. Simple leave the optional VIN entry box empty and continue using the site.

The car's vehicle identification number (VIN) is the identifying code for a specific automobile. It is essentially the car's fingerprint, as each and every vehicle has its own unique VIN.

Check My Ride is able to accept VINs for vehicles that have a model year of 1981 or later. When entering a VIN on Check My Ride, please verify that your VIN:

  • Contains exactly 17 characters
  • Is from a vehicle with a model year of 1981 or later
  • Does not contain the letters I, O or Q

The VIN reveals the car's unique features, specifications and manufacturer. Prior to 1981, there was not a standard for VINs and therefore they varied in length from 11 to 17 characters.

If you are trying to add an older model car to your Car History and the VIN is not 17 characters (or is not found using our VIN check tool), you can still enter your car on Check My Ride! Simply leave the optional VIN box empty and continue using Check My Ride.

If you are trying to use the “Where In The World Is My Old Car?” feature, a valid VIN is needed to use that tool. We are only able to accept post-1981 17-character VINs for this feature.

To find a VIN begin looking at the dashboard on the driver's side of the vehicle. The easiest way to view it is to stand outside the vehicle on the driver's side and look at the corner of the dashboard where it meets the windshield. If the VIN cannot be found there, open the driver's side door and look at the door post (where the door latches when it is closed). It is likely that the VIN will also be displayed in this location.

Whether you currently own the vehicle or you are searching for the VIN of a vehicle you previously owned, consider looking at the documentation associated with the vehicle you have which would include a record of the VIN:

  • Insurance card / Insurance policy
  • Vehicle title and registration
  • Auto loan documents