Q. How do I get a VIN for my trailer?

A. Simply fill out the application form, we will contact you and set an appointment for an examination.

Q. Can I use the short (5-8 digit) VIN on my vehicle?

A. As of 1981 all vehicles require a full 17-digit VIN.

Q. Whose responsibility is it to put a VIN on a trailer or vehicle they wish to sell?

A. According to Sec 68(1) of the Traffic Safety Act, it is illegal to possess, or offer for sale any vehicle or vehicle part that requires a VIN and does not have one. As a result, it is the seller’s responsibility to place a VIN on the unit they wish to sell.

Q. What if I buy a trailer without a VIN?

A. All trailers must display a VIN and it is the owner’s responsibility to get one assigned.

Q. Does it cost more if I live outside a major city centre? 

A. The price does not change, regardless of where you live.

Q. How long will it take to get my VIN?  

A. Depending on the number of files currently being received, it may take a few days or up to 30 days.

Q. Do you accept cheques as a form of payment?

A. VVS prefers not to accept cheques as payment, and they must be pre-approved.  VVS prefers online processing of credit cards.  In certain circumstances, we may accept an e-transfer.

Q. Who do I make cheques payable to?

A. If your request to pay by cheque has been approved, the cheque must be made out to VIN Verification Services Inc. 

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