Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Investigation Services

Regulation Number(s):
Instrument Type:
Bill or Act:
Highway Traffic Act
Summary of Proposal:
A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is an internationally accepted code that provides a distinct identifier for all vehicles. It is assigned by the vehicle manufacturer and contains information about the manufacturer, model, year, make and vehicle configuration information. It cannot be changed once assigned. A VIN is an important piece of information for registering and tracking the history of a vehicle. Very rarely, a vehicle may not have a VIN.

MTO assigns a VIN when the vehicle is reassembled, homemade, the VIN is obliterated or defaced, the manufacturer's VIN is unacceptable, or the manufacturer has not assigned one. Today MTO requires a sworn affidavit to assign a VIN. This is one way to reduce fraud and support the integrity of the assigned VIN process, and to make sure that the database of registered vehicles is accurate.
Analysis of Regulatory Impact:
Further Information:
Proposal Number:
Posting Date:
June 24, 2021
Comments Due Date:
August 8, 2021
Contact Address:
Ministry of Transportation
Vehicle Program Development Office
Safety Program Development Branch
145 Sir William Hearst Avenue
Building "C," Room 147
Toronto, Ontario
M3M 0B6