VIN Decoder

Background

VIN plateThe VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is used worldwide by vehicle makers to uniquely identify a vehicle. The first 3 characters are assigned to each manufacturer. The rest of the characters are assigned by the manufacturer, and often change over different models and years. We’ve built a decoder based on Tesla’s various submitted VIN references for the Model S, X and Roadsters, along with our analysis of current VINs (including changes not officially published by Tesla yet).

Decoder

Select an example VIN, paste your VIN in the box and press enter, or change specific values in the decoder. Decoder results may change based on other values, especially for the make and year. Position 9 is s check character that validates the VIN.

Example VINs (or enter your own VIN)
1-345678910111213 – 17
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Results

PositionDescriptionValue
1-3Manufacturer5YJ = Tesla Motors, Inc.
4MakeS = Model S
5Body TypeA = Hatchback/5-DR LHD
6Restraint System1 = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*3) With Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints
7Charger TypeE = Lithium Ion Battery – Electric
8Battery Type2 = Dual Motor – Three Phase A/C Induction
9Check Character0
10Model YearF = 2015
11Location of ManufactureF = Fremont, CA
12Serial #, 100,000s0
13-17Serial Number Digits12345

Notes

Descriptions will change based on make and year. Unknown values typically occur due to an invalid values for the make and year, but could also be a new value not yet published by Tesla. Please let us know if you see a valid VIN that has any unknown values at contact us. Include the VIN (the last five digits are not necessary).

Where’s My VIN?

Your VIN is available in a number of places:

  • The original Window Sticker.
  • The Tesla Motors website, under My Tesla (right below the image of your car).
  • A metal plate on the dash has the VIN engraved. It is visible from the outside of the car through the bottom of the window on the driver’s side.
  • The VIN is printed on the white Vehicle Certification Label, visible when you open the driver’s door on the center pillar.
  • Open the rear hatch. On the hatch lip, on the right may be a white label with the VIN. It’s not clear every car has this label. This is not the Emission Control Label.
  • In the frunk, under the center maintenance panel that is near the windshield, the VIN is stamped on the chassis.

Reference

These are the links to the latest public details. Tesla makes changes during the year that is not always reflected in these charts. Here are the PDFs of various submissions:

  • Model X 2016 (year digit 10 = “G”, submitted in August 2015)
  • Model S 2015+ (year digit 10= “F”, submitted in August 2015)
  • Model S 2015 (year digit 10= “F”, submitted in December 2014)
  • Model S 2014 (year digit 10 = “E”, submitted in December 2013)
  • Model S 2013 (year digit 10 = “D”, submitted in August 2012)
  • Model S 2012-2013  (year digit 10 = “C” or “D”, submitted in March 2009)
  • Roadster 2008 (year digit 10 = “8”, submitted May 2008)

3 thoughts on “VIN Decoder

  1. rigauli says:

    same for my french model 😉

  2. JeanDa says:

    Hi,

    I did not receive my new S 90D yet and I’m located in Switzerland.

    I just decoded my VIN and found that my Restraint System is 7, which is “Restraint system for Australia”.

    Do you know what it exactly means ?

    Thanks in advance for your help.

    Have a nice day
    Jean-Daniel

    • Moderator says:

      It means I made an error :). Actually the data from the restraint system came from Tesla’s filings in Australia that we were able to access online (here in the USA). Obviously this same system is used in other countries as well. I’ve updated the description in the VIN decoder to make it clear that it is for select non-USA countries. About 30% of different countries make the VIN decoder information document that Tesla files with them available publicly. We use that information to construct the VIN decoder. This works for 95% of the countries, but it not a perfect system. Thanks for letting us know about Switzerland so we could make the correction.

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