Vehicle Identification Numbers


VIN Locations

While location may vary by model, these general locations will help you locate your VIN number:

  • Vehicle identification plate mounted on the dashboard (post-1967 models)
  • Stamped under the front hood
  • On a sticker, driver's door pillar
  • On state vehicle registration certificate or title
  • On price sticker or certificate of origin (new cars)
  • Vehicle Identification Label in luggage/spare tire area
  • Vehicle Identification Label in Maintenance Booklet

The History of the VIN System

First VIN System:1949 to July 1964
The VIN for cars produced through July 1964 is merely a production serial number. It is necessary to know what model the vehicle is. No other information can be derived from the serial number.

Second VIN System: August 1964 to July 1980
Beginning in August 1964, a new system was initiated that included vehicle model and year, along with the serial number. The first two digits indicate the model, the third digit indicates the year, and the fourth through tenth digits indicate the serial number.

Due to the difficulty of differentiating 60's vehicles from 70's or 80 vehicles, the following rules apply:

  • 1965-1969 vehicles have a 9-digit VIN unless production exceeded 1 million, in which case the VIN is 10 digits, with the fourth digit being 1.
  • 1970-1979 vehicles have a 10-digit VIN, with the fourth digit of 2 or 3.
  • 1980 vehicles have a 10-digit VIN, with the third digit of A.

Third VIN System: 1981 to current models.
Due to federal regulations, 1981 and newer vehicles are required to use a 17-digit VIN system. With this system, it is now possible to determine not only the year, model and serial number, but also the country of manufacture, body style, engine type, restraint system, and manufacturing plant.


Here's what all those numbers in your VIN mean:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
Mfg. Make Series Engine
Type
Restraint
system
Model Check
Digit
Model
Year
Mfg.
Plant
Sequential Production Number

A detailed breakdown of Volkswagen VIN numbers:

Mfg. Make: 1,2,3 Series: 4 Engine Type: 5 Restraint System:6
WVW



WV2


1VW

3VW

9BW
Europe
Pass.
Car

Europe
MPV

USA

Mexico

Brazil
Pass.
Car
A
A
A
B
B
C
C
D
D
D
E
F
F
G
H
K
L
M
M
R
R
T
Y
Z
2 Door Basic or Diesel
2 Door L
Golf 2 Door
2 Door Custom L
Golf GL 2 Door
2 Door Deluxe Coupe
Rabbit Convertible/Cabriolet
2 Door Sport S or GTI
Coupe 2 Door
GTI 16V
4 Door Basic or Diesel
2 Door Custom Sedan
Golf GL 4 Door
4 Door Deluxe Wagon
4 Door Wagon Syncro
Custom
Deluxe LX Models
Sport
Jetta GL 2 Door
Jetta GL 4 DOor
Jetta Carat 4 Door
Jetta GLI 16V 4 Door
Bus
Camper
--
A
A
A
B
B
B
C
G
H
--
A
A
A
A
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
B
C
E
G
G
J
--
B
C
--
B
C
D
E
F
--
C
D
D
--
A
B
--
S
--
A
A
B
B
E
J
K
L
R
--
A
A
B
B
E
F
G
J
K
L
M
R
S
S
--
B
C
D
E
F
--
B
1982-84
1715cc Gas
1718cc 90hp 4 Cylinder
1970cc Gas
1715cc Gas
1970cc Gas Water Cooled
2144cc Gas 5 Cylinder
1780cc Gas
1566cc Diesel
1588 Turbo Diesel
1985-90
1780cc 81hp 4 Cylinder
1780cc 85hp 4 Cylinder
1780cc 90hp 4 Cylinder
1780cc 100hp 4 Cylinder
1780cc 100hp 4 Cylinder
1780cc 102hp 4 Cylinder
1780cc 105hp 4 Cylinder
1780cc 123hp 4 Cylinder
1780cc 158hp 4 Cylinder
1915cc 82hp 4 Cylinder
1984cc 134hp 4 Cylinder
2144cc 100hp 5 Cylinder
2109cc 90hp 4 Cylinder
2226cc 110hp 5 Cylinder
2226cc 115hp 5 Cylinder
1780cc 123hp 4 Cylinder
1984cc 134hp 4 Cylinder California
1588cc 52hp 4 Cylinder Diesel
1588cc 68hp Cylinder TurboDiesel
1984cc 134hp 4 Cylinder Federal
CABRIOLET (1991-94)
1780cc 94hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1780cc 94hp 4 Cyl, California
CORRADO (1991-94)
1780cc 158hp, Federal
1780cc 158hp, California
2792cc 178hp 6 Cyl, California
2792cc 178hp 6 Cyl, Federal
2792cc 178hp 6 Cyl.
EUROVAN (1991-94)
2461cc 109hp 5 Cyl, Federal
2461cc 109hp 5 Cyl, California
2461cc 109hp 5 Cyl (1994)
FOX (1991-94)
1780cc 81hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1780cc 81hp 4 Cyl, California
GTI (1991-94)
2792cc 172hp 6 Cyl.
GOLF (1991-94)
1780cc 100hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1984cc 115hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1780cc 105hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1984cc 115hp 4 Cyl, California
1984cc 134hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1984cc 134hp 4 Cyl, California
1780cc 100hp 4 Cyl, California
1984cc 115hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1984cc 115hp 4 Cyl, California
JETTA (1991-94)
1780cc 100hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1984cc 115hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1780cc 105hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1984cc 115hp 4 Cyl, California
1984cc 134hp 4 Cyl, Californa
1588cc 59hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1588cc 52hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1984cc 134hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1780cc 100hp 4 Cyl, California
1984cc 115hp 4 Cyl, Federal
2792cc 172hp 6 Cyl, Federal
1984cc 115hp 4 Cyl, California
2792cc 172hp 6 Cyl, California
2792cc 172hp 6 Cyl (1994)
PASSAT (1991-94)
1984cc 134hp 4 Cyl, Federal
1984cc 134hp 4 Cyl, California
2792cc 172hp 6 Cyl, Federal
2792cc 172hp 6 Cyl, California
2792cc 172hp 6 Cyl
VANAGON (1991-94)
2109cc 90hp 4 Cyl
0

1

2

4


5


8


9
Active

Passive

Passive w/ manual lap

ELRA (motorized) w/
manual lap

Air Bag-Driver
Active-Dr/Pass

Air Bag- Dr/Pass
Active-Dr/Pass

Passive

 

Model: 7,8 Check Digit: 9 Model Year:10 Plant Mfg.: 11 Sequential Production #: 12-17
1E
1G
1H
15
16
17
24
25
30
31
32
33
50
53
60
70
Cabrio
89-92 Golf/Jetta
Golf 3,GTI,Jetta 3
Cabriolet
Jetta
Rabbit,Golf,GTI, Truck
Vanagon
Vanagon
Fox
Passat
Quantum 2/4 door
Quantum Wagon & Quattro
Corrado
Scirocco
Corrado
EuroVan
Calculate per
NHTSA Code
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
H
J
K
L
M
N
P
R
S
T
V
W
X
Y
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
A
1980
1981
1982
1983
1984
1985
1986
1987
1988
1989
1990
1991
1992
1993
1994
1995
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2003
2004
2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
2010
A
B
E
G
H
K
M
N
P
S
V
W
Y
Ingolstadt
Brussels
Emden
Graz
Hanover
Osnabrueck
Mexico
Neckarsulm
Brazil
Stuttgart
Westmoreland,PA,USA
Wolfsburg
Spain
This number is a sequential number given to each vehicle as it comes off the assembly line.

* NOTE: This information has been gathered from VWVortex, and is for entertainment purposes only.

Vehicle Indentification Number
DIGIT: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
---------------------------------
EXAMPLE: W V W D B 4 5 0 5 L K 2 4 5 6 7 8
---------------------------------
WMI.. VDS........ VIS............

WMI = World Manufacture Index
VDS = Vehicle Descriptor Section
VIS = Vehicle Identifier Section

1 - Manufacturing Country
W - Germany
1 - USA
3 - Mexico
9 - Brazil

2 - Manufacturer
B - VW of Brazil
V - Volkswagen

3 - Vehicle Type
1 - Pickup
2 - MPV (Multi Purpose Vehicle)
W - Passenger Car

4 - Series
1987 - 93 Fox
A - 2 Door Basic
B - 2 Door Economy
C - 2 Door Custom
D - 2 Door Wagon
G - 4 Door Custom

1985-95 Golf
B - 2 Door Custom
D - 2 Door Sport
D - 2 Door GTi
F - 4 Door Custom
H - 2 Door GTi 16V
K - 4 Door Golf III

1985-95 Jetta
K - 2 Door Base
M - 2 Door Custom
P - 4 Door Base
R - 4 Door Custom GL / Caret / Economy
S - 4 Door GLS / CustomT - 4 Door GLI / GLX

1983-95 Rabbit / Cabriolet
A - 2 Door Base
B - 2 Door Custom (1992-93)
C - 2 Door Custom (1983-91)
D - 2 Door Carat
E - 2 Door Etienne Aigner

1983-88 Quantum
A - 1983-88 2 Door Basic
B - 1983-88 2 Door Custom
C - 1983-88 2 Door Deluxe
D - 1983-88 2 Door Sport
E - 1983-88 4 Door Basic
F - 1983-88 4 Door Custom
G - 1983-88 4 Door Deluxe 1983-88

Scirocco (USA) 1983-89 Scirocco (Canada)
A - 1983-88 2 Door Basic (USA)
A - 1983-89 2 Door Basic (Canada)
B - 1983-88 2 Door Custom (USA)
B - 1983-88 2 Door Custom (CAnada)
C - 1983-88 2 Door Deluxe (USA)
C - 1983-89 2 Door Deluxe (Canada)
D - 1983-88 2 Door Sport (USA)
D - 1983-89 2 Door Sport (Canada)
B - 1983-88 2 Door Custom (USA)
B - 1983-88 2 Door Custom (Canada) 1990-94

Corrado(USA)
D - 1990-92 2 Door Sport
E - 1992-94 2 Door SLC 1995

Corrado (Canada)
E - 1995 2 Door SLC

1983--92 Vanagon
X - 1983-88 Kombi
Y - 1983-92 Bus (Vanagon)
Z - 1983-92 Camper

1992-95 EuroVan
H - EuroVan CL
K - EuroVan GL

1990-95 Passat
C - 4 Door GLS
D - 4 Door Wagon GLS
E - 4 Door GLXF - 4 Door Wagon GLX
F - 4 Door Custom GL
G - 4 Door Wagon GL
H - 4 Door Base
J - 4 Door Deluxe GLX / GLS
N - 4 Door Wagon Custom GLX

5 - Engine
Contact Dealer for Detailed Engine Information

6 - Restraint System
0 - Active
2 - Passive w/Man Lap Belt
4 - "ELRA"
5 - Active Belts w/Driver Air Bag
8 - Active Belts w/Dual Air Bags
9 - Passive

7-8 Model
15 - 1983-93 Convertible, Cabriolet
16 - 1983-88 Jetta
17 - 1980?-92 Rabbit, Pickup, Golf, GTi
1C - New Beetle
1E - 1995 Cabrio
1G - 1989-92 Golf / Jetta
1H - 1993-95 Golf / Jetta
24 - VW Transporter (Pickup and Multivan)
25 - 1983-92 Vanagon, Transporter Van
30 - 1987-93 Fox
31 - 1990-95 Passat
32 - 1983-88 Quantum 2 Door and 4 Door
33 - 1985-88 Quantum Station Wagon and Quattro
3A - 1995 Passat
43 - Audi 5000 / older
44 - Audi 5000/100/200/V8
4A - Audi S4/100CS/V8
50 - 1990-95 Corrado
53 - 1983-88 Scirocco
60 - 1994-95 Corrado
70 - EuroVan
78 - Passat?
81 - Audi 4000
83 - Audi 4000
85 - Audi Coupe GT
89 - Audi 90
8A - Audi 90
8B - Audi Coupe

9 - VIN Check Digit
Manufacturer's Internal Code

10 - Vehicle Model Year
D - 1983
E - 1984
F - 1985
G - 1986
H - 1987
J - 1988
K - 1989
L - 1990
M - 1991
N - 1992
P - 1993
R - 1994
S - 1995
T - 1996
V - 1997
W - 1998
X - 1999
Y - 2000
1 - 2001
2 - 2002

11 - Assembly Plant
A - Ingolstadt
B - Brussels
E - Emden
G - Graz
H - Hanover
K - Osnabruck
M - Mexico
N - Neckarsulm
P - Brazil
S - Stuttgart
V - Westmoreland, PA, USA
W - Wolfsburg
Y - Spain (SEAT)

12 - 17 Serial Number
Sequential Production Number