Every vehicle in the United States has a corresponding number conveniently called the Vehicle Identification Number or VIN. It’s just like a social security number but for cars, which means the VIN is unique and used to identify the vehicle wherever it goes in the country. The VIN acts as a universal serial number that can help identify vehicles that have been stolen or illegally taken into the state.
Each state has its own policies when bringing in cars from out of state, but all states will require you to execute a VIN verification form. Note, however, that some states will require you to sign a specific DMV VIN verification form. CocoSign offers dozens of form templates you can download and use for your own organization.
What Is A VIN Verification Form?
A VIN verification form is a document signed by a person who is bringing a vehicle from one state or territory into another. By filling up and signing this form, you certify that the vehicle has not been stolen when it was registered.
You submit the form to an authorized third party, which could be an authorized car dealer or a commissioned law enforcer. They will complete and sign the VIN verification form after inspection. The inspection typically consists of a physical inspection and a VIN inspection. Once completed and duly signed, the VIN Verification Form can be utilized when you move into or bring a vehicle for use in another state.
When Would a VIN Verification Form Be Required?
A VIN verification form is required to be filled up and submitted when it involves any of the following vehicles:
- U.S. government vehicles
- Abandoned vehicles
- Salvaged vehicles
- Antique vehicles
- Vehicles from a U.S. state that requires title only for vehicles that are 10 years or newer
- Vehicles within the same U.S. state but with no previous registration
- Assembled trailers
- Vehicles that have been rebuilt
Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles of the state where you intend to move the vehicle to verify the VIN inspection form you need. You might also need to book an appointment in advance. If you can’t get in touch with the DMV, it’s best to download a VIN verification form to be ready.
Why Is The VIN Verification Form Important?
A VIN verification form is useful in many ways. For one, it helps the government track down stolen vehicles and prevent further distribution of illegally obtained or defective vehicles.
A VIN inspection form will also protect other buyers from scrupulous car sellers. Potential buyers can use the DMV VIN verification to cross check the vehicle’s manufacturer, type model and color.
The VIN may also be important when you are applying for a title for a vehicle.
Note, however, that the VIN verification form does not confirm the ownership of a vehicle. It only verifies that the vehicle identification number in the vehicle’s paper matches the VIN of the vehicle as issued by its manufacturer. The VIN verification form also does not confirm the roadworthiness of the vehicle.
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