Locating Your Car’s VIN Number

Last Updated on July 12, 2019 by Jason Mason

As you already know, VIN is an important piece of information you need to have. But where do you find it on your car? You will be glad to know that it is really easy to locate the VIN on your car. We have taken the trouble to provide you an illustrated guide with the general locations of VIN. Just a quick reminder, you are looking for a 17 characters sequence of numbers and letters.

Drivers Side Dashboard

This is usually the easiest way to locate the VIN on your car without unlocking the car at all.

Car vin number at bottom right windshield

Drivers Side Door

This requires a little more effort as you will need to unlock the car to do so. You can find the VIN on the side of the driver side door. The information is usually displayed on a sticker and a mounted plate. It may also contain additional infomration such as color/trim code, transmission code, model and production date.

SideDoor VIN Number Plate

Once you have located the information sticker or plate, please look for the VIN. It is usually located above the barcode. Here is an example for you.

VIN Plate Details

Car Hood/Bonnet

Your VIN may also be located on the hood/bonnet. While you may search for it there, this is the least recommended way to find it. First, it requires you to pop the hood. The other issue is that it may be located at different places for different cars.

Car Hood VIN Number


Overall, locating the VIN for your car is pretty straightforward. Just look at these locations and you should be able to find it.

  • Driver side dashboard (easiest).
  • Driver side door (easy).
  • Car hood / bonnet (least preferred).

We hope that finding your car’s VIN will never be a mystery to you after reading this guide.