§ 565.24 Motor vehicles imported into the United States.
(a) Importers shall utilize the VIN assigned by the original manufacturer of the motor
(b) A passenger car certified by a Registered Importer under 49 CFR part 592 shall have
a plate or label that contains the following statement, in characters with a minimum height of 4
mm, with the identification number assigned by the original manufacturer provided in the blank:
SUBSTITUTE FOR U.S. VIN: ______ SEE PART 565. The plate or label shall conform to
§565.23 (h) and (i). The plate or label shall be permanently affixed inside the passenger
compartment. The plate or label shall be readable, without moving any part of the vehicle,
through the vehicle glazing under daylight lighting conditions by an observer having 20/20
vision (Snellen) whose eye-point is located outside the vehicle adjacent to the left windshield
pillar. It shall be located in such a manner as not to cover, obscure, or overlay any part of any
identification number affixed by the original manufacturer. Passenger cars conforming to
Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 115 are exempt from this paragraph.
§ 565.25 Content requirements.
The VIN shall consist of four sections of characters which shall be grouped accordingly:
(a) The first section shall consist of three characters that occupy positions one through
three (1–3) in the VIN. This section shall uniquely identify the manufacturer, make and type of
the motor vehicle if its manufacturer produces 500 or more motor vehicles of its type annually. If
the manufacturer produces less than 500 motor vehicles of its type annually, these characters
along with the third, fourth and fifth characters of the fourth section shall uniquely identify the
manufacturer, make and type of the motor vehicle. These characters are assigned in accordance