U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government, Department of Justice.

NCJRS Virtual Library

The Virtual Library houses over 235,000 criminal justice resources, including all known OJP works.
Click here to search the NCJRS Virtual Library

Vehicle Identification 1984-1985 - A Guide to the Identification of

NCJ Number
L S Cole
Date Published
168 pages
A complete guide to the identification of domestic and foreign vehicles, including light trucks and non-U.S. destined models manufactured in 1984-1985, is presented to assist law enforcement agencies to identify stolen vehicles.
The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) consists of 17 characters. The first three identify the nation of origin, manufacturer, make, and type of vehicle; the next five characters, the attributes of the vehicle (model, body, engine type, and restraint system), and the ninth character, a check digit, verifies the accuracy of the VIN's sequence and format. The final eight characters identify the model year, plant, and sequential production number. In addition to the VIN there are other identification methods available to investigators. Since 1970, the Department of Transportation has required stickers on domestic and imported vehicles listing the date of manufacture and certifying the vehicle complies with Federal standards. This 'self destruct' sticker will reflect any attempts at alteration. Also, in 1984 General Motors introduced a service parts identification label including the VIN, vehicle options, and color information. The guide includes a discussion of title operation and altering VINs. VIN locations and charts for individual passenger cars, both domestic and imports, as well as light duty trucks are provided.


No download available