Vehicle Identification Number (VIN)

VIN Locations

The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) is visible in the following locations:

  • The bottom corner of the driver side of the windshield

  • The label on the driver door jamb

  • On the touchscreen after touching the Tesla "T"

  • The RH upper b-pillar; can be seen when the upper B-pillar trim is removed (only applicable to vehicles in certain regions such as China and Europe)

Note: When corresponding with Tesla, always include the VIN (and the drive unit serial number, if necessary).

VIN Decoding

Use this system to decode a Tesla VIN:

Digit

Description

Encoded Value

Decoded Value

1-3

World Manufacturing Identifier (WMI)

5YJ

Tesla

4

Line/series

3

Model 3

5

Body type

E

Sedan 4 DR / LHD

6

Restraint systems

1

Type 2 Manual seat belts (FR, SR*3) with front Airbags, PODS, side Inflatable restraints, Knee Airbags (FR)

7

Fuel type

E

Electric

8

Motor/drive unit

A

Single motor (standard)

9

Check digit

*

The 9th digit is a check digit. A check digit is the result of a mathematical formula based on all other digits in the VIN. It is designed to lower the likelihood of errors and fraud. All vehicles produced in North America are required to have a check digit as the 9th digit of the VIN. Possible values are alphanumeric.

10

Model year

9

2017

11

Plant of manufacture

F

Fremont, CA, USA

12 - 17

Sequence number

000001 - 999999

Tesla uses sequential numbers in digits 12-17 to directly to represent the production sequence of the vehicle, starting with 000001. The Production Sequence numbering does not start at 000001 with each new model year.

This numbering system allows for up to 999999 cars of a given model. Should this number be exceeded, the Production Sequence numbering shall start again at 000001. Note: digit 10, production year, will be different for vehicles with the same sequence number.