What are Vehicle Identification Number?
Every vehicle has a unique VIN (Vehicle Identification Number). The VIN number is stamped onto a small metal plate and is attached to the drivers side of the dash where it meets the window. The VIN allows the Department of Motor Vehicles or the Department of Transportation to keep track of the vehicles registered owner.
Police also use this number to verify that a vehicle has not been stolen and is in the possession of the original owner. However, it takes professional thieves only seconds to replace this plate with one from a legally purchased junk car of the same make and model.
What is it?
A car's vehicle identification number (VIN) is the automotive equivalent of human "DNA".
It sets the vehicle apart from the millions of other vehicles out there. In recent times it has been reflected in 17 digit characters. It displays a car's uniqueness and heritage and provides a form of "factory to scrap yard" identification. It can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage. Each character or digit has a particular purpose.
History of the VIN
Detroit automobile manufacturers began stamping and casting identifying numbers on cars and their parts in the mid 1950's . The primary purpose of this vehicle identification number (VIN) was to give an accurate description of the vehicle when mass production numbers were starting to scale in very significant numbers. The early VINs came in a range of variations depending on the individual manufacturer at that time.
In the early 1980's the U.S. National highway Traffic Safety Administration (USDOT) required that all road vehicles must contain a 17 character VIN. This established the standard fixed VIN system which major vehicle manufacturers use currently. The result was a unique "DNA" style number for each individual vehicle rolled off the assembly line.
The Vehicle Identification Number was originally described in ISO Standard 3779 in February 1977 and last revised in 1983. The ISO-VIN was designed to identify motor vehicles, trailers, motorcycles and mopeds and consists of several parts described below.
Where is my VIN located?
The VIN can be found by looking at the dashboard on the driver side of the vehicle. If the VIN cannot be found, open the driver 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.

VIN location
Other VIN locations:
  • Insurance card / insurance policy
  • Vehicle title and registration
Where does your vehicle data come from?
Vehicle history information comes from many sources including records on file from NMVTIS, state DMV, police records, fire and insurance records, data aggregators as well as many other proprietary sources.

The National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) is a database administered by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators (AAMVA) and overseen by the US Department of Justice. NMVTIS is the only vehicle history database in the nation in to which all states, insurance carriers, and junk salvage yards are required by federal law to report their data.
Are all accidents included on VinCarHistory reports?
VinCarHistory provides accident information from multiple sources including DMVs in certain states, NMVTIS participating states and other independent sources. Not all accidents are reported to VinCarHistory. Other report providers may show accident information that does not appear on VinCarHistory report. Typically, the most severe incidents will result in an Insurance Total Loss record and/or DMV Salvage title, and are available in VinCarHistory reports when NMVTIS reports the information to VinCarHistory.
How do I access my previously run reports?
To access your reports, log into with your email address and password. Click the button 'My Account' and then click on the VIN to access the report.
How long can I access reports that I have purchased?

Your reports are available at VinCarHistory for 180 days from the time of purchase. To access your reports, click the button 'My Account'.
How can I share my History Reports?
You can share your reports by clicking the 'Print Report' button in the top right corner of the report. A HTML version of the report will come up making it easy to print, save, or send your report.
Are owner names or lien holder information displayed on VinCarHistory report?
Our Vehicle History & Title Reports do not display owner names or lien holder information as it is against our data suppliers' privacy policies and is against the law in many states.
Is this a one-time charge?
Please be assured that the charge for a report is a one-time charge. VinCarHistory is a secure site, there are no monthly charges or fees. You are only charged per report that you run and you can access past reports at VinCarHistory for 180 days after date of purchase for free.