Information about VINs

Important information about vehicle identification numbers

In an effort to protect consumers, the Department of Motor Vehicles would like to inform you about New York State laws pertaining to vehicle identification numbers (also called VINs).

It is against the law to possess a motor vehicle or any part of a motor vehicle that has a vehicle identification number that is

  • destroyed
  • altered
  • defaced
  • concealed
  • removed

Law enforcement will seize (or confiscate) any motor vehicle or motor vehicle part that is determined to have an altered or missing identification number. The municipality where the ‘unidentifiable’ motor vehicle or part is seized can sell the vehicle or part at a public auction.

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