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VIN (vehicle identification number) is the identification code that is given for a specific automobile. A vehicle identification number is composed of 17 digital and capital letters characters, which act as a unique identifier for a vehicle. The vehicle identification number is displayed on the car, which tells its unique features, manufacturer, and specifications.

DMV may need that you get a VIN verification under certain situations and for a specific vehicle. For example, if you have some other state vehicle, then DMV requires its (DMV) employee to verify your vehicle.

Vehicle identification number verification is not a history report rather, it is an inspection of the make, year, model, GVWR, mileage, emission label, etc.

The vehicle identification number is required for

  • out the state of foreign vehicle

  • A vehicle which is not there in the DMV database

  • A vehicle whose configuration has been changed to a new body type model

When is VIN verification required?

  • All vehicles that have out of state title that has been registered in the applicant's name are required to have a VIN verification.

  • Vehicles which have salvage documentation from any of the state are needed to procure VIN verification

  • Vehicles which are title under bond are required to procure VIN verification

  • Vehicles which are registers from other countries are needed to procure vehicle identification number verification

  • Vehicles which are 25 years old and are seeking for an exempt title are required to procure vehicle identification number verification

  • Vehicles with any discrepancies in the documents and do not maintain standard will be required to have vehicle identification number verification performed under the DMV chief inspector officer's instruction.


What is required to do vehicle identification number verification?

  • Vehicle for its physical inspection

  • Documents for support – e.g. bill of sale, titles, registration.

  • REG 31 form – this is the which a DMV employee verifier will complete for you with all the details

A vehicle which is exempted from VIN verifications –

  • New vehicles

  • Mobile houses

  • Trailers which have a net weight less than 2000 pounds

  • Travel Trailers

  • Camp trailers

  • Wheel Recreational trailers

You can get a free VIN verification by entering the details in “ B and C Registration” or you can also give us a call, or mail us if you have any questions about the paperwork, pricing or scenarios of how you need to register your vehicle.  

B & C Registration

10 Enterprise Dr Suite A, Rohnert Park, CA 94928



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