Finding your Toyota VIN (Vehicle Identification Number)

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is your Toyota’s legal identifier, and is applied to your car during production.

Each VIN 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 its specification and design.

First introduced in 1954, Vehicle Identification Numbers are an important component in determining the history and identity of a vehicle, particularly when combined with the car’s DVLA licence plate and V5 or V5C documents.

While licence plates can be altered, the car’s VIN remains unchanged, and therefore is the primary identification number for your Toyota.

How to locate your Vehicle Identification Number

In most modern Toyota cars, you’ll find a visible VIN through a special cut-out at the bottom of the windscreen. Additional VINs are printed on tamper-proof stickers located just inside the shut line of the front nearside door. Earlier models may have a metal plate instead of a sticker.

The VIN is repeated on the vehicle’s chassis, stamped into the metal floor of the car under the right-hand (driver’s side) 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 mounted just inside the nearside rear door, and the five-door Aygo – in which it is applied to the body just inside the offside rear door shut.

Decoding your Vehicle Identification Number

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, ‘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’ and ‘A’ respectively.

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 body style, engine and gearbox, while the remaining eight is a 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

171 comments

    1. Hi Patrick,
      Thanks for your comment.
      Our database only contains information relating to UK specification vehicles, so unfortunately we are unable to look this up for you.
      However, there is some general advice relating to finding your vehicle’s VIN on this blog post under the heading ‘How to locate your Vehicle Identification Number’ that may be of use.
      Thanks.

    1. Hi Jean,
      Thanks for getting in touch with us.
      We can only provide information relating to vehicles of UK specification, so unfortunately we will not be able to supply you with this.
      However, there is some general advice relating to finding your vehicle’s VIN on this blog post under the heading ‘How to locate your Vehicle Identification Number’ that may be of use.
      Thanks.

    1. Hi James,
      Thanks for getting in touch.
      Further up on this blog post, there are certain instructions under the section ‘How to locate your Vehicle Identification Number‘ that might help you.
      Unfortunately, we are unable to look this up for you due to our databases only containing information relating to UK specification vehicles.
      Thanks.

  1. Hello, could you please help me find the VIN number for my Toyota Yaris, re. number GV05 UKS? Thanks so much :o)

    1. Hi Jessica,
      Thanks for getting in touch. We hope you’re still loving your Yaris!
      The VIN should be visible through a special cut-out at the bottom of the windscreen. Additional VINs are printed on tamper-proof stickers located just inside the shut line of the front nearside door. Earlier models may have a metal plate instead of a sticker.
      The VIN is repeated on the vehicle’s chassis, stamped into the metal floor of the car under the right-hand (driver’s side) front seat. It’s usually visible through a small flap, deliberately cut into the vehicle’s carpet.
      Thanks.

  2. Thank you for replying so quickly! Problem is I’m without the key at the moment (it’s at my mum’s house and I can’t get there… don’t ask!) so I can’t open the car and look inside. The VIN at the bottom of the windscreen – should that be visible from outside the car? I had a look earlier today and couldn’t see it…

    1. Hi Jessica,
      Thanks for your reply.
      Unfortunately, this may not be possible on your vehicle.
      Due to data protection regulations, we are unable to provide a VIN without seeing proof of ownership.
      We would therefore suggest taking this documentation to your nearest Toyota centre if you are unable to access your car, and they will then be able to tell you your VIN.
      Thanks.

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