Toyota Find VIN Vehicle Identification Number

Finding your Toyota VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is your vehicle’s legal identifier, and is applied to your car at the moment it enters production.

Each VIN number is unique, and is usually a 17 character code made up of letters and numbers, and reveals important details about your vehicle.

As well as containing information on the time and place of your car’s creation, it also contains information about the car’s specification and design.

First introduced in 1954, VIN numbers are an important component in determining the history and identity of a vehicle – particularly when combined with the car’s DVLA license plate and V5 or V5C documents.

While license plates can be changed, or personalised, the car’s VIN number remains unchanged, and is best thought of as the primary identification number for your Toyota.

In most modern Toyota cars, including the Aygo and British built Auris and Avensis you’ll find the VIN number referenced on a tamper proof sticker located just inside the shut line of the front left hand (passenger side) door.

Earlier models may have a metal plate, instead of a sticker.

The VIN number is repeated on the vehicles chassis, and is stamped into the metal floor of the car, under the right hand front seat.

It’s usually visible through a small flap, deliberately cut into the vehicle’s carpet.

Of course, there are some important exceptions to the rule…

These include the four-door Hilux pick-up – in which the tamper proof sticker is to be found mounted just inside the left rear door, and the five-door Aygo – in which it is also mounted just inside the left rear door.

Decoding your VIN number is simple.

Although there are exceptions to the rule, the first three digits usually refer to the country of manufacture, the vehicle maker and the vehicle type.

For example, if you check the first letter of the code, you’ll see J references Japan, S references England, while V identifies France. Turkey gets an N, while Thailand and South Africa (where some of our Hilux vehicles are produced) get an M or an A.

The second letter is usually T, which describes Toyota, the third describes which group of cars (or sometimes which chassis type) the vehicle sits on.

The next six numbers reference the car’s bodystyle and engine and gearbox, while the remaining eight are combination unique to the car, listing the year the car was made, the factory it was produced in and where it came in the production process.

For more on your VIN, please contact your nearest dealer, or visit toyota.co.uk/mytoyota

How to find your Toyota VIN number
How to find your Toyota VIN number
How to find your Toyota VIN number

By Dan Strong

Comments (103)

  1. I have a 51 plate Avensis 2 litre VVt-i engine where can I find the engine code as I need to purchase a serpentine belt and it the supplier lists 2 types ?

  2. Hi,

    Please, I just bought a second hand 1993 Toyota Camry in Nigeria. I couldn’t find the chasis number because the whole body had been repainted. Please, where else can I check in the car to get the VIN/Chasis number?

    1. Hi Clement,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The VIN/Chasis number would be found under the drivers seat. Hope this helps.

        1. Hi Clement,
          We would advise checking under the carpet if possible. If not, let us know so we can help you further.
          Thanks.

          1. Thanks so much for your assistance. I tore the carpet but I couldn’t see the VIN/Chasis numbers. Is there another place in the car where I can see the number?

          2. Hi Clement,
            The best course of action would be to contact Toyota in your region as they are in the best position to assist you further.
            Thanks.

  3. Good day, i cou;d not find the ViN no of my Toyota Corolla 2008 on the left hand of the windshield, but is boldly display by the drivers seat door. i try using goggle to search for the vehicle detail using the VIN no found could not get any information. VIN no/ Chasis no AHTLA52E203014726 and Engine no 4ZZV057982

  4. I want to replace transmission normal gear to automatic I need to get the fit for my car 2000 Toyota corona 1600
    Thank you for help

    1. Hi Hani,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We’d advise contacting your local Toyota dealer as they are in the best position to assist. Thanks.

      1. Hi there
        Have a 2013 dual cab hilux, anyway bought of auction as stolen recovered repairable right off, it’s missing the compliance plates and the chassis vin been rubbed off, i got the vin number on the invoice from auction, but where else i could find the vin number on the chassis to make the process easy to get it registered, I’m in Melbourne

        1. Hi Ray,
          Thanks for getting in touch. You’ll be able to find the VIN on the floor plan under the drivers seat where there is a plastic cap in the carpet.
          Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Marie,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We are Toyota GB and have no information on the Toyota Innova EE, we’d advise contacting Toyota in your region. Thanks.

    1. Hi Bryan,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The VIN should be bottom left of the windscreen (right as you look at the front of the car) or there is a plate under a plastic cover under the drivers seat or on the right front (drivers side) chassis leg behind the wheel. Hope this helps.

    1. Hi David,
      Thanks for getting in touch. There are various vehicle identification locations for this vehicles:
      1 – Vehicle identification number plate – visible from the outside, bottom right corner of the windshield
      2 – Vehicle name label – sticker that is evident on the body of the vehicle, once the passenger front door (sometimes driver’s side) is opened
      3 – Frame number – displayed on the base of the driver’s seat
      Hope this helps.

    1. Hi Nihal,
      Thanks for getting in touch. To find more information on this vehicle you could consult the Owners Manual for information (this can be found on the Toyota website) or you could access the techdoc repair manual and you would be able to search your katashiki in there. Thanks.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The engine serial number is stamped on the engine block. Let us know if you’d like us to send you an image of where you can find it. Thanks.

    1. Hi Rita,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We’re Toyota GB and unfortunately, we can not give details about this car. We’d advise contacting Toyota in your region. Thanks.

    1. Hi Atta,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The VIN plate should be located on the lower part of the Front LH B Pillar. Also, The Chassis number should be stamped on the vehicle body. Removing a plastic cover which can be found under the driver’s seat will reveal the Chassis Number (the driver’s seat will have to be pulled back to its furthest back position). Hope this helps.

  5. Hello my 2008 Avensis 1.6 VVTI is listed as having 172 Co2 is this correct as most 1.6 avensis are approx 169 Co2 and the only Avensis I can find with a level of 172 is a 1.8 Avensis, would there have been a clerical error my Vin is SB1BZ56LX0E069332

    1. Hi Kieran,
      Thanks for getting in touch and sorry for the delay. We can confirm that the Co2 figure is correct and the wheel size would effect both the Co2 and the MPG of a car. Many thanks.

  6. I have a Toyota Wish, and was wondering where I would find the numbers on that particular model please. I am presuming that this is the number required to get another key made from Toyota isn’t it?

    1. Hi Paul,
      Thanks for getting in touch. The VIN numbers for the car should be on the passenger side of the windscreen, however this isn’t always the case. If its not on the windscreen it will be on the inside of the passenger car door. Hope this helps.

  7. Hi I am interested in a 1995 Toyota Carina E. And I need to know whether the engine has been changed. VIN number is SB164ABK00E115962. Can you please confirm the original engine number.

    1. Hi Cee,
      Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately, we can not give details about a car which is not currently owned by you due to privacy issues. Many thanks.

  8. Hi I need model code for my Toyota voxy/noah 2010
    Zrr700346092 my local authority need cade for put model name model name
    Please help

    1. Hi Amjad,
      Thanks for your comment. We can confirm that the model code is ZRR70 or full Katashiki is ZRR70G-BRXEP. Your local Toyota dealer can look up the frame number for you so we’d advise going to them. Many thanks.

        1. Hi Khan,
          Your model, Toyota Voxy / Noah, isn’t available in the UK. We can only advise speaking to Toyota in your region. Many thanks.

    1. Hello,

      We’re sorry but we don’t hold details on this car at Toyota GB as we didn’t import it to the UK. Please speak with your local distributor or the retailer that sold the vehicle to you.

      Thanks.

  9. Hi there!
    Hope you are doing well.
    We are planning to buy a Toyota Premio (2017 Model) car from Dhaka, Bangladesh. So far i know that there is no difference between a 2016 model Premio & a 2017 model Premio car. As a result i want to know how i will be able to confirm myself that the car that i am going to buy is genuinely a 2017 Model Toyota Premio car.

    Thank you very much for your co-operation in advance.

    1. Hello, Fayeem

      We recommend you contact the local distributor in Bangladesh. We are Toyota GB and have never imported the Premio model you reference.

      Thank you.

  10. Hi! Looking at a car for sale “BN07DUH” Auris 5dr 2.0l diesel. Can you supply vin number prior to my viewing the vehicle? many thanks Martin.

    1. Hi Martin,
      Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately we cannot release this information without proof of ownership, due to security reasons. We’d advise going to the current owner for this information. Many thanks.

  11. Hi, I have 1996 Hiace, The first letters of the VIN Can not be read. Are there any other places I can find the number rather than next to passenger seat.

    1. Hi there,
      Thank you for your comment. If you send us your reg, we can find out the full VIN number for you. Many thanks.

  12. Hello
    Why are the VINs in different places in different versions?
    I am new to driving so all dis is new to me too

    1. Hi Lily,
      Thank you for contacting us. There is no particular reason why they are in different places; it depends on the cars age and architecture.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for getting in touch. For information regarding this vehicle, we would have to recommend speaking to a Toyota Centre. Many thanks.

    1. Hi Sue,
      Unfortunately, due to this not being a UK spec car, we are unable to advise on where the VIN will be located. However, usually a VIN is located on the inside of the passenger door.

      1. Hi Jim,
        Sorry for the confusion. Essentially, the letter on your VIN does describe where the vehicle is manufactured, but the letter does not necessarily correspond to the country that begins with that letter. In this instance, the Aygo is made in Kolín, Czech Republic despite its J registration.

    1. Hi Kenechi,
      Due to this vehicle not being sold in the UK we are unable to advise on where the engine number would be found. We would suggest contacting your local dealership! 🙂

  13. hi , i have camry 2009 LE , and i am wondering is that ok if I dont have Vin # on all doors?
    Because I have only 2 Vin # one on windshield another one near to driver seat edge (no Vin at any of the doors )
    please replay as soon as you can ?
    Thanks

    1. Hi Bassem,
      Thanks for your post. The VIN locations noted in this blog post primarily apply to current generation cars. There are some exceptions, and these are noted within the article.
      The UK-specification Camry was discontinued in 2004, so your US-built 2009 model would not have been built to the UK or European specifications described in this article.
      However, as well as the VIN plates on the windscreen and chassis near the driver’s seat, you should also be able to find another VIN plate on the front bulkhead within the engine bay.
      Hope this helps!

  14. Hi , i have Toyota Camry 2009 LE assembled in USA . It has only two VIN # on windshield , second one next to the driver seat ( near the edge not on door)
    i am worried why i only have 2 of them while i saw models of camry that all doors have vin#
    please advise ?

    1. Hi Bassem,
      Thanks for your post. The VIN locations noted in this blog post primarily apply to current generation cars. There are some exceptions, and these are noted within the article.
      The UK-specification Camry was discontinued in 2004, so your US-built 2009 model would not have been built to the UK or European specifications described in this article.
      However, as well as the VIN plates on the windscreen and chassis near the driver’s seat, you should also be able to find another VIN plate on the front bulkhead within the engine bay.
      Hope this helps!

    1. Hi James,
      Thanks for your post. Generally this would be located on the firewall or bulkhead within the engine compartment. For some vans the plate is located on the body, under a carpet flap directly below one of the front seats – this is for models prior to 1989. Hope this helps!

  15. Hi, can anyone help me as to what is the chassis number of Toyota Prado VX (2015/2016, 4000cc). Like prado TZ-G , number is GDJ151W

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for your post. This vehicle registration number isn’t showing up on our system. Is this a UK based car? Many thanks.

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for your post. VIN numbers are usually inside the glove box or on the inside of the passenger side door. Hope this helps!

        1. Hi James,
          Thanks for getting in touch. The VIN number will be stamped into the metal and located on the front bulkhead. Hope this helps!

  16. please i had contacted you cause im not sure if my motor had been changed or not while it was fixed cause i didnt find any reference inside the car even the VIN box
    my car had chaisse NO : AHTFR22GOO3040283
    ALSO I HAD A PROBLEM WHICH CONTINUED to occure everytime thats is the oil getting out from the bottom of the motor
    i had fixed it many times but it remains the same
    actually there is no toyota agency here in congo brazzaville thats why i had to check my motor if its mine or it had been changed
    thank you

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks for your post. Unfortunately, due to the fact you are out of the UK we have to advise contacting the nearest dealer in your region as we are unable to help further. Many thanks.

        1. Hi there.
          Here is the information:
          Boulevard Denis Sassou Nguesso M’Pila
          B.P. 247 BRAZZAVILLE
          Tel. + (242) 05 550 17 78 /06 665 44 65
          Hope this helps!

  17. I have bought a Toyota Premio 2006 X recently.

    After discussions, I came to know there are three versions/grades including:
    The base grade X
    The slightly better one X-Limited
    Top of the line X-Ex

    However I am unable to identify the version/grade by looking at the car.

    Is there any way to track or identify the car version/grade from the car body or any printed number?

    1. Hi Majid,
      Thanks for your post. After speaking with our technical team we can advise looking on the inside of the passenger side door. There should be a small sticker with a VIN number. You can identify the grade of car from this. Hope this helps and if you have any further questions please let us know.

    1. Hi Farhan,
      Thank you for your post. Please can you confirm your question and we will be able to help further. Many thanks.

      1. Hi,

        Actually I’m unable to Trace my Vits Engine Number location on Engine.
        Can you share where is engine number is printed on engine?

        Thanks

        1. Hi Farhan,
          Thank you for your post. We have spoken with our technical department and your VIN number can differ very slightly in location dependent on car model. Please can you let us know your car model and the year. Many thanks.

          1. Hi Farhan,
            Thank you for your post. Our model in the UK is the Yaris and the VIN plate is located on the dashboard as you look through the windscreen. Hope this helps further. Many thanks.

  18. Hi.
    I’m Pavel from Dhaka Bangladesh, I’ve brought a Toyota Rav-4 which Chassis code is ACA31-5035229 & Engine Code is 2Az-5773704 . So tell me how can i know about this vehicle details like is it repaired car or broken or another elese.

    1. Hi Pavel. Thanks for getting in touch. Unfortunately we can only help with enquiries in the UK. Please contact Toyota Bangladesh for more information.

  19. Hi, I bought toyota Yaris from Oman
    This chassis number is:
    MR2BT9F34F1138545
    I want to know the year, model (SE+ or Limited ) and color of car
    Thanks
    Homayoon

    1. Hello Homayoon
      Thanks for your post.
      As we only have such information for cars registered in the UK you will need to contact the country of origin to find out this information. Toyota Oman can be contacted via this link. http://www.toyotaoman.com/
      Hope this helps.
      Toyota UK

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