DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
49 CFR Part 565
[Docket No. NHTSA 2008-0022]
Vehicle Identification Number Requirements
AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.
ACTION: Final Rule.
SUMMARY: This document amends 49 CFR Part 565, Vehicle Identification Number
Requirements, to make certain changes in the 17-character vehicle identification number (VIN)
system so that the system will remain viable for at least another 30 years. This rule was initiated
by a petition from SAE International (formerly known as the Society of Automotive Engineers),
which was concerned that the available supply of VINs, and particularly the manufacturer
identifier part of the VIN, might run out. This final rule will ensure that there will be a sufficient
number of unique manufacturer identifiers and VINs to use for at least another 30 years.
DATES: Effective Date: [INSERT DATE THAT IS 180 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF
PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER].
Compliance Dates: Amendments made in this rule apply to motor vehicles manufactured on or
after [INSERT DATE THAT IS 180 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF PUBLICATION IN