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How To Check VIN From The Registration Number Of A Car In The UK?

How To Check VIN From The Registration Number Of A Car In The UK?

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Every vehicle we see on the road has a unique stamped-in vehicle identification number (VIN), which is its proof of identity. What a UK Citizen Card is for a person, a VIN is for a vehicle. As our Citizen Card holds important information about us, the agencies record all the details about a vehicle against its VIN and Registration Number. Let’s find out how to check the VIN number from reg.

While you can easily find a car’s registration number, you have to make some effort to find the VIN. Luckily, you can get the last five digits of the VIN from reg at The Auto Experts. Yes, we cannot provide the whole car identification number because it is illegal according to UK laws (more on it later).

Before we explain where to find the VIN of a car, it is crucial to understand the VIN.

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What is a VIN?

VIN or Vehicle Identification Number or Chassis Number is a seventeen-digit sequence of numbers and letters, serving as proof of vehicle’s identity. Every car gets a unique VIN from its developer before it leaves the factory.

Stamped into the chassis and other places in the vehicle, you cannot change the identification number, and it remains there forever. While VIN is unchangeable, you can have multiple number plates for a car.

Now that you are aware every vehicle has its own VIN; you should know what this number really means. Looking at the VIN, the first three letters signify the “WMI” (World Manufacturer Identifier). These tell about the country of development, the automaker, and the vehicle type. Digits four to eight define the automobile, revealing its model, powerplant size, body layout, and so on. Every automaker uses these digits as they want to and may add other fine information as well, such as the existence of airbags, etc.

The ninth digit signifies the automaker’s security code, whereas the tenth and eleventh disclose the vehicle’s model year and manufacturing plant. Finally, digits twelve to seventeen are the vehicle’s serial numbers.

Where to Find VIN Number?

Now that we have decoded the VIN, it is time to know the places where you can find it.

It is wise to find the VIN at all these places to ensure it is the same everywhere. If the number differs at any place, walk away.

How can I check the VIN number online?

Fortunately, you can also check the VIN of a vehicle online at any car history checking platform. If you are interested in knowing the make, model, body style, year, type, class and other details about a vehicle, you can run a vehicle check on The Auto Experts.

Please note that we will only be able to provide you with the last five digits of the VIN. In fact, all data history providers would offer you only the last five digits. The DVLA data disclosure laws restrict us not to reveal all the 17 digits of the VIN.

Is there a thing like a stolen VIN check?

While there is no such thing as a stolen VIN check, running the vehicle registration number on our website will reveal its stolen status.

Besides, you would find about VIN Cloning – a trick that thieves use to hide the identity of a stolen car. So, what they do is they change the stolen vehicle’s VIN with another similar make and car model.

We The Auto Experts would reveal every hidden aspect of the vehicle in question. From stolen, outstanding finance, written-off to VIN cloning, scrapped, and so much more!

How to check if a car is stolen by VIN?

Well, most car history platforms in the UK would reveal the stolen status of a vehicle only when you give them the vehicle’s registration number (VRN). However, a few sites claim to offer stolen info through VIN.

The Auto Experts will tell you the stolen status when you give us the car registration number. Sorry, we cannot provide this information through VIN.

The fastest way to know a vehicle’s stolen status is to run our car reg check. It will not only reveal stolen data but will also identify outstanding finance, insurance write-off status, VIN cloning, clocking, number plate change and keeper’s history, imported status, and so much more.  

How to Distinguish Between Fake and Original Vehicle Identification Numbers?

Well, here are the steps you should follow to identify fake and original VINs.


An HPI check or any alternative history check will only show the last five digits of VIN because the DVLA prohibits agencies from revealing all the seventeen digits to prevent vehicle cloning.

Well, it is quite impossible to check a car’s complete history through VIN without paying a penny. You may be able to get some information free through our car reg check, though. It would include MOT status and history, tax status, mileage, vehicle description, performance data, and other details.

Just enter your vehicle’s reg number here, and we will reveal to you its chassis number. But remember, it will not include all the seventeen digits rather only the last five digits due to data disclosure rules of the UK. 

VIN or Chassis Number and the Engine Number are not the same. The VIN is stamped on the chassis and remains there forever. On the other hand, the manufacturers assign a separate number to a car’s engine, which changes with the new engine.
This number signifies the size and power output of the mill. In the event the engine blows up, and you have to replace it, the new engine will come with a unique number.

Well, there is only one way to find out the VIN of a car you do not own; run a vehicle data check!  However, the report will only disclose the last five digits of the VIN.

Unfortunately, you cannot get a vehicle registration number by providing its chassis number. In fact, no service in the UK is designed to offer VRN through a chassis number.