How Do You Find a Trailer’s VIN?

A trailer’s and any commercial motor vehicle’s vehicle identification number is normally displayed on a paper label inside the vehicle since June 1976. The VIN and other crucial information about the trailer are included on the vehicle plate. The VIN is a 17-character code that serves as the manufacturer’s serial number. The VIN number is distinct from the model number.

Check the trailer tongue, which is a series of front steel beams at the front of the trailer to which the tow hitch is fastened, if there is no data plate inside the trailer. To find the I-beam, look beneath the skirting at the front of the metal bars.

The VIN is most commonly stamped onto the metal horizontally or vertically. The VIN can also be found on the trailer’s frame, near the axle, and on any of the vehicle’s key frame parts.

Many older trailers’ VINs are difficult to verify during an examination. In this instance, the trailer’s new owner can go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and get a new VIN. The buyer must present a bill of sale as well as a legitimate title or evidence of ownership. When a DMV inspector determines that the trailer’s VIN is unreadable or absent, the owner must fill up an affidavit and submit it to the DMV for the VIN to be reassigned.

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Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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