Vehicles that require a VIN
Most vehicles require a VIN. It's the manufacturer's or importer's responsibility to ensure a new vehicle has a VIN. Some vehicles already have VINs assigned and attached overseas before they get to New Zealand. Otherwise, an entry certifier will issue and attach a New Zealand VIN at entry inspection.
Your vehicle may not need a VIN, if it has a frame or chassis number and:
- was first registered before 1 April 1994
- entered or was manufactured in New Zealand before 1 February 1994.
But, if the frame or chassis number has been removed, your vehicle must have a VIN. Only entry certification agents can allocate and fix VINs onto your vehicle.
Where to find the VIN on your vehicle
VINs can be:
- stamped into the vehicle structure (often the firewall) during manufacture
- stamped on a metal plate and fixed onto the vehicle body
- etched onto the rear window of the vehicle.
What to look for