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was that NHTSA include (in the information that must be communicated in the VIN) whether or

not a vehicle is certified to California emission standards.

In summary, the new VIN requirements apply to vehicles that are manufactured on or

after [INSERT DATE THAT IS 180 DAYS AFTER THE DATE OF PUBLICATION IN

THE FEDERAL REGISTER] whose VINs have a letter “A” or “B” in the 10th position of the

VIN, and to all vehicles manufactured on or after [INSERT DATE THAT IS ONE YEAR

AFTER THE DATE OF PUBLICATION IN THE FEDERAL REGISTER].

The principal changes to Part 565 issued today that impact the options vehicle

manufacturers have in complying with Part 565 are as follows:

  • Vehicle “make” will no longer be required to be identified in the manufacturer identifier of the VIN.

  • Vehicle “make” will now need to be identified, along with other information items included in the previous version of Part 565, in the second section of the VIN, which consists of VIN positions 4-8.

  • In generating VINs for vehicles that comply with Part 565, manufacturers of passenger cars and multipurpose passenger vehicles and trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 4536 kg. (10,000 lbs.) or less will have an expanded number of characters available in positions 4, 5, and 6 of the VIN. All three of these positions may now be either numeric or alphabetic. These manufacturers will also be required to use an alphabetic character in position 7 of the VIN.

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