manufacturer identifiers should be forwarded directly to: SAE International, 400 Commonwealth
Drive, Warrendale, Pennsylvania 15096, Attention: WMI Coordinator. Any requests for
identifiers submitted to NHTSA will be forwarded to SAE. Manufacturers may request a specific
identifier or may request only assignment of an identifier(s). SAE will review requests for
specific identifiers to determine that they do not conflict with an identifier already assigned or
block of identifiers already reserved. SAE will confirm the assignments in writing to the
requester. Once confirmed by SAE, the identifier need not be resubmitted to NHTSA.
(b) Manufacturers of vehicles subject to this part shall submit, either directly or through
an agent, the unique identifier for each make and type of vehicle it manufactures at least 60 days
before affixing the first VIN using the identifier. Manufacturers whose unique identifier appears
in the fourth section of the VIN shall also submit the three characters of the first section that
constitutes a part of their identifier.
(c) Manufacturers of vehicles subject to the requirements of this part shall submit to
NHTSA the information necessary to decipher the characters contained in its VINs.
Amendments to this information shall be submitted to the agency for VINs containing an
amended coding. The agency will not routinely provide written approvals of these submissions,
but will contact the manufacturer should any corrections to these submissions be necessary.
(d) The information required under paragraph (c) of this section shall be submitted at
least 60 days prior to offering for sale the first vehicle identified by a VIN containing that
information, or if information concerning vehicle characteristics sufficient to specify the VIN
code is unavailable to the manufacturer by that date, then within one week after that information
first becomes available. The information shall be addressed to: Administrator, National