[Code of Federal Regulations]
[Title 49, Volume 5]
[Revised as of October 1, 2001]
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PART 565--VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION NUMBER REQUIREMENTS--Table of Contents
CHAPTER V--NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC
SAFETY ADMINISTRATION, DEPARTMENT
Sec. 565.7 Reporting requirements.
The information collection requirements contained in this part have
been approved by the Office of Management and Budget under the
provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.) and
have been assigned OMB Control Number 2127-0510.
(a) The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has
contracted with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) to coordinate
the assignment of manufacturer identifiers. Manufacturer identifiers
will be supplied by SAE at no charge. All requests for assignments of
manufacturer identifiers should be forwarded directly to: Society of
400 Commonwealth Avenue, Warrendale, Pennsylvania 15096, Attention: WMI
Coordinator. Any requests for identifiers submitted to NHTSA will be
forwarded to SAE. Manufacturers may request a specific identifier or may
request only assignment of an identifier(s). SAE will review requests
for specific identifiers to determine that they do not conflict with an
identifier already assigned or block of identifiers already reserved.
SAE will confirm the assignments in writing to the requester. Once
confirmed by SAE, the identifier need not be resubmitted to NHTSA.
(b) Manufacturers of vehicles subject to this part shall submit,
either directly or through an agent, the unique identifier for each make
and type of vehicle it manufactures at least 60 days before affixing the
first VIN using the identifier. Manufacturers whose unique identifier
appears in the fourth section of the VIN shall also submit the three
characters of the first section that constitutes a part of their
(c) Manufacturers of vehicles subject to the requirements of this
part shall submit to NHTSA the information necessary to decipher the
characters contained in its VINs. Amendments to this information shall
be submitted to the agency for VINs containing an amended coding. The
agency will not routinely provide written approvals of these
submissions, but will contact the manufacturer should any corrections to
these submissions be necessary.
(d) The information required under paragraph (c) of this section
shall be submitted at least 60 days prior to offering for sale the first
vehicle identified by a VIN containing that information, or if
information concerning vehicle characteristics sufficient to specify the
VIN code is unavailable to the manufacturer by that date, then within
one week after that information first becomes available. The information
shall be addressed to: Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Washington, DC 20590,
Attention: VIN Coordinator.