The 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).
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)|
|1-3||4||5||6||7||8||9||10||11||12||13 – 17|
|1-3||Manufacturer||5YJ = Tesla Motors, Inc.|
|4||Make||S = Model S|
|5||Body Type||A = Hatchback/5-DR LHD|
|6||Restraint System||1 = Manual Type 2 Seat Belts (Front, Rear*3) With Front Airbags, Side Inflatable Restraints|
|7||Charger Type||E = Lithium Ion Battery – Electric|
|8||Battery Type||2 = Dual Motor – Three Phase A/C Induction|
|10||Model Year||F = 2015|
|11||Location of Manufacture||F = Fremont, CA|
|12||Serial #, 100,000s||0|
|13-17||Serial Number Digits||12345|
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.
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)