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  • II.

    Background

    • A.

      History and Overview of the VIN System

    • B.

      Petition for Rulemaking

    • C.

      Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

  • III.

    The Final Rule and Response to Public Comments

    • A.

      Summary of Public Comments

    • B.

      Summary of Amendments Adopted in This Final Rule

  • IV.

    Rulemaking Analyses and Notice

  • I.

    Executive Summary

In response to a petition for rulemaking, the National Highway Traffic Safety

Administration (NHTSA) is amending 49 CFR Part 565, Vehicle Identification Number

Requirements (Part 565), so that the supply of manufacturer identifiers and vehicle identification

numbers available under this regulation will be sufficient for at least the next 30 years.

To accomplish this, NHTSA is revising the requirements for where certain information

must be communicated in a vehicle identification number (VIN) as well as the characters that

may be used in some of the 17 positions of the VIN for passenger cars and multipurpose

passenger vehicles and trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4536 kg (10,000 lb) or less.

These changes will have two primary effects. First, the need to issue new manufacturer

identifiers, particularly for large manufacturers, should be drastically reduced, thus preserving

for a longer period of time the remaining combinations of characters that are available to be

issued. Second, the changes will substantially increase the number of combinations of characters

available in positions 4 through 8 of the VIN, as well as combinations of those characters with

characters in the other VIN positions, so that the number of available VINs will significantly

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