Your vehicle's VIN# is a form of identification that allows both you and automotive mechanics to know exactly where it has been and what has been repaired. Your VIN#, or vehicle identification number, is comprised of seventeen characters that are assigned to the car when it is manufactured. These numbers never change during the lifetime of the vehicle.

The VIN# is unique and tracks everything that occurs to the car during usability. The standardized VIN# system was first established in 1981 and has been in use ever since. The character combinations are representative of multiple automotive identifiers. For example, the first three characters are the WMI or the world manufacturer identifier code.

Why is my VIN# Important?

Critical vehicle information can be determined or relayed simply by using your VIN#.

  • You can check the history report on a used vehicle.
  • You can identify a stolen car.
  • Repair parts require the VIN# to match the correct replacements.
  • In addition to needing the key identification, duplicate car keys require the VIN#.

For a locksmith to make a duplicate car key, your VIN# is not the only important piece of information needed. In order to replicate a key, there is an alphanumeric code needed that is printed directly on the key. This is referred to as the key identification number, key code, or key number.

Key codes fall into one of two categories--blind codes or bitting codes. The more common of the two are blind codes.

Where to Find Your VIN#

There are two places where you can find the VIN# on your vehicle. The first spot to look is at the top of the dashboard, on the driver's side of the vehicle, just before where the windshield meets the dashboard.

The other location that it can be found is again on the driver's side of the car and inside the post of the door, near where the door latches when closed.

Making a Duplicate Key

The VIN# is important to a locksmith for identifying you as the owner of the vehicle and also for creating duplicate keys. Duplicate keys are needed when car owners:

  • Lose their keys
  • Break or damage their keys
  • Lock the keys in their vehicle

In addition to needing your VIN# for the key duplication, a mobile locksmith will need to know your location, personal ID, vehicle information, and vehicle registration number. A reputable locksmith will require all of the information prior to creating a duplicate key.

When a locksmith comes on location to create a duplicate key for your vehicle, consider purchasing two so you have a spare to the new key.