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Salvage Vehicle VIN Inspection Requirements

Salvage VIN Verification
Salvage VIN Verification

The VIN Verification is the most important inspection when it comes to registering your salvage vehicle. You may be asking yourself, why is this the case? The reason why is this inspection is done by the Department of Motor Vehicles and if you get referred to  the California Highway Patrol it can hold you from obtaining your salvage vehicle registration for about 4 to 6 weeks. It is imperative that this inspection goes well and this page will cover every aspect of the Salvage VIN Verification so you are informed and know what the DMV VIN Inspector is looking for when he or she is inspecting your salvage vehicle. If you print out the Reg 31 and follow along we will illustrate block by block what the VIN Inspector is looking for.

VIN Verification Form 1st Row from Left to Right

  1. Licenses Plate on Vehicle: This block is self explanatory and asks the inspector if there are license plates on the vehicle, if not is there a dealer report of sale or Temporary Operating Permit (Red Sticker)
  2. License Plate Number: If there are license plates on the vehicle, this block asks the inspector to write the license plate number in this block
  3. State: If there are license plates, this block is asking the inspector to write down the state from which the license plates are from
  4. Expiration Date: If there are license plates on the vehicle, this block want the inspector to log the expiration date attached to the license plate
  5. Number of Axles: This block is asking for the number of axles the vehicle has. For example, a car would have two axles and a diesel tractor would have 3 axles.
  6. Fuel: This block is asking for the type of fuel the engine burns. Gasoline, Diesel, Electric, Hybrid, Flex Fuel, Other
  7. For OHV’s: This block is asking if the Off Highway vehicle is complying or non-complying. This is determined by the 8th digit of the VIN. 3 or C in 8th position is non-complying and gets a red sticker

VIN Verification Form 2nd Row from Left to Right

  1. Vehicle Identification Number: This block is composed of 17 digits and ask for the Vehicle Inspector to write the VIN from the Public VIN Location(Drivers side Lower Windshield
  2. Category: This is asking the inspector what category the vehicle he or she is inspecting belongs to. Automobile, Commercial, Motorcycle, Off Highway, Permanent Trailer, or Trailer Coach

VIN Verification Form 3rd Row from Left to Right

  1. Engine Number: If the vehicle he or she is verifying is a motorcycle the inspector must put the engine number in these assigned blocks
  2. Body Type Model: This block is asking the inspector to assign a Body Type Model to the vehicle from the CA DMV Body Type Model Chart.
  3. Year Model: This block is asking the inspector to write the model year of the vehicle in this block. The model year is determined from the 10th digit of the VIN. You can verify the correct model year by the following Vehicle Year Model Chart.

VIN Verification Form 4th Row from Left to Right

  1. Make: The inspector puts make of the vehicle in this block. For example, he or she would write Ford if the vehicle is a Ford.
  2. Model: The inspector would indicate the model of the vehicle in this block. If it is a Ford Bronco, he or she would write Bronco in this block.
  3. GVWR: This block is for pickups only. The GVWR is indicated on the United States Motor Vehicle Federal Standards Label in the drivers door jam.
  4. Number of Wheels: If the vehicle has 4 wheels, the inspector would indicate that in this block. Motorcycle would have two an a Diesel tractor would have 10
  5. Est Weight: This is for PTI trailers and it asks the inspector to estimate the weight for the trailer. This weight would be the curb weight not the GVWR
  6. Camp/Coaches/Motor homes: This block asks the inspector to measure the length and width of these type of vehicles and record them in this block

VIN Verification Form 5th Row from Left to Right

  1. VIN Location: This block is asking the inspector to identify where the location of the VIN is on the vehicle.
  2. Attached By: This block is asking the inspector check how the VIN is attached to the vehicle.
  3. Type: This section wants the inspector to check what type of VIN is attached. Label, Metal Plate, Stamped, Etc.

VIN Verification Form 6th Row from Left to Right

  1. VIN Engine Number: This block is making the inspector determine the condition of the VIN. For example, is the VIN missing, illegible, etc
  2. Model Year Determined: This block asks the VIN inspector Identify how he or she determined the model year. For example, from the 10th digit of the VIN

VIN Verification Form 7th Row from Left to Right

  1. US Federal Label Status: This section instructs the VIN Verifer to state the condition of the Federal Label. For example, missing, does not agree with VIN, Altered, Tampered, etc
  2. US Federal Label Indicates: The block makes the Vehicle Verifier state what standards the USMVSS label is certified for. Low Speed Vehicle, Vehicle Complies, Complies with standards of another country.

VIN Verification Form Odometer Reading

  1. The odometer reading is stated in this block of the VIN Verification form.
  2. The inspector needs to record if the reading is in miles or kilometers
  3. The inspector needs to state if the odometer is a digital display, 5 digit odometer, or 6 digit odometer.

VIN Verification Form Block 8, Supporting Ownership Document

  1. This section ask the inspector to identify which document he or she used to verify the VIN against on the vehicle
  2. Additionally, this section make the VIN inspector identify if the VIN on the car matched the document. For example, agrees with VIN or does not agree with VIN.
  3. If there are no documents available, the VIN inspector can check the box marked “None”

VIN Verification Form Block 9, Emissions Label Indicates

  1. This section asks the VIN inspector to state what the emissions standards are for the vehicle he or she is verifying. Additionally. the inspector has to write emissions family number of the engine in the block that said emissions label test group.

If the inspector checks the block that states refer to CHP, you have been selected for a enhanced inspection. You will need to obtain the CHP referral slip from the Department of Motor Vehicles and make an appointment with the California Highway Patrol.