What is a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)?

Vehicle identification number (VIN) on the dash of a vehicle.

A vehicle identification number (VIN) is a vehicle’s 17-digit name.  The vehicle id number is made up of characters and numbers the automobile manufacturer assigns to an individual vehicle, each with its own meaning.  Normally found mounted on the driver-side dashboard by the windshield.  It can also be found on the driver-side doorjamb and the engine’s firewall.