VIN stands for "vehicle identification number." Most newer cars have a metal plate stamped with its own unique VIN somewhere on the dashboard. This number is recognized nationwide as a way to identify a vehicle.
A VIN inspection is a physical examination of your vehicle to determine whether the VIN on your vehicle matches the VIN on the title or primary ownership document. The inspection is performed by a DMV employee or in some cases by an Oregon vehicle dealer when the vehicle is being purchased from the dealer. If necessary, DMV may refer you to an Oregon law enforcement agency to have them perform the inspection. A fee of $7 is charged for the inspection.
A VIN Inspection is required for the following:
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- Out-of-state titled vehicles being titled in Oregon.
- Vehicles being titled for the first time as totaled and/or assembled, reconstructed or replica, except manufactured structures.
- Any vehicle that had a title surrendered under ORS 819.010, 819.012, 819.014 or 819.030. This includes recovered stolen vehicles that are not totaled due to damage.
- Oregon salvage-titled vehicles with an application for a regular Oregon title. This applies even if the vehicle is a recovered stolen vehicle that is not totaled due to damage.
- Any vehicle that DMV has reason to believe was not certified by the manufacturer as conforming to U.S. Federal vehicle standards.