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VIN Decoder

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User our VIN Decoder to decode Tesla’s VINs!  (Sep-2020 Update)

Background

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, 3, X, Y, 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)



1-3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 - 17
0
Results
Position Description Value
1-3 Manufacturer 5YJ = Tesla, 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
9 Check Character 0
10 Model Year F = 2015
11 Location of Manufacture F = Fremont, CA
12 Serial #, 100,000s 0
13-17 Serial Number Digits 12345

Notes

Descriptions will change based on make and year. Unknown values typically occur due to an invalid value 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 to contact us. Include the VIN (the last five digits are not necessary).

VINs are processed by your local browser and no information is sent to TeslaTap servers.

Where's My VIN?

Your VIN can be found in a number of places:

  • The original Window Sticker.
  • The Tesla website, select SIGN IN, and enter your login information. The VIN will appear to the left of your vehicle image.
  • 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.
  • If you open the Tesla phone app, scroll to the bottom of the page and the VIN and software version appears.

References

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 USA Part 565 PDF filings:

17 comments

Tyler Andrew 3-May-2020 - 2:33 am

For all P85D’s with a manufacturer date from 12/2014-04/2015 have a P in the 12 digit representing Performance Plus Suspension. Starting 05/2015 when the performance plus suspension was replaced with SAS smart air suspension they stopped using P and instead incorporated #’s. This is true for every single P85D

Moderator 3-May-2020 - 3:21 pm

Yes, in position 8. We’ve supported it from the start, but if you have a VIN that doesn’t show up properly, we’d love to see it. You can leave off the serial number portion if that’s a concern.

Cheralyn 1-Feb-2020 - 4:50 pm

Where can I find out what HW version and MCU and FSD were purchased for a used X I am looking at?

Moderator 2-Feb-2020 - 12:14 pm

The VIN does not provide any of that info. With the date of manufacturer, you can find the HW/MCU versions here: https://teslatap.com/articles/autopilot-processors-and-hardware-mcu-hw-demystified/

FSD is a bit tricker. If you’re buying from the original owner, it would have been on the window sticker (if they still have it). If buying directly from Tesla, they will state it. For other sources, such as dealers and auction houses, it may have been sold as a used car from Tesla, and FSD, if it had it, could be removed. For this last case, I’d get the fact that it has FSD in writing with a value assigned to it, should it not be the case and you need to get a refund. FSD today is a $7K option.

Anton 6-Feb-2020 - 6:49 am

With software version 2020.4 or later, you can find all that information directly in the car. Go to Settings->Software->More information about the vehicle (or something like that).

Moderator 6-Feb-2020 - 8:31 am

Yes, good info. It includes motor types, MCU and AP versions which was never in the VIN. It doesn’t include other details that are encoded in the VIN, such as model year, safety equipment, battery, etc. When buying a used car, you may not have immediate access and can still use the VIN to confirm details.

Andrew 8-Sep-2019 - 7:00 am

Just looked at the source code on the Tesla site and found the VIN for my Model 3: 5YJ3F7EB4KF4xxxx. Its fifth digit (body type) is F. I’m in the UK, so I reckon it means Sedan 4 Door (Model 3, Right-Hand Drive).

Moderator 8-Sep-2019 - 10:13 am

You are correct! We’ve updated the page to support the “F” type. Thanks.

Tesla Model X 100D Uncorking - Tongfamily 22-Jul-2018 - 1:38 pm

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mike.. 14-Oct-2017 - 3:25 pm

The vin-decoder doesn’t seem to be working for me. Do I need to be using a specific browser?

Moderator 15-Oct-2017 - 9:01 am

Works great in Chrome, logged in or not. Just tested in Firefox, and it only works if you are logged in. Tested in IE 11, and it is not working. Not sure what is going wrong, but I’m looking into it.

Moderator 3-May-2018 - 8:43 am

Update: IE11 and older have some serious bugs, for which there is no good workaround. Please use a functional browser such as Chrome, Firefox, or Opera. Edge may work, but untested.

GTDoc 17-Sep-2017 - 10:33 pm

Seems difficult to reset from my iPad, any tips to assist?
Thanks

Moderator 18-Sep-2017 - 8:26 am

Perhaps first highlight the prior VIN in the field and press delete? Hopefully you can then type a new VIN.

rigauli 15-Jun-2016 - 3:39 am

same for my french model 😉

JeanDa 16-Mar-2016 - 8:06 am

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 16-Mar-2016 - 8:41 am

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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