How to Decode Ford VIN Number

In this article, you will learn how to decode a Ford VIN number. 

You can also use this free VIN Decoder Tool to look up the model, engine, transmission and other specifications for any Ford vehicle. 

HOW TO DECODE FORD VIN

Decode Ford VIN number

Position 1

This first position of the VIN is an identifier of the country or final assembly point of the Ford.

  • 1-5 USA

Position 2

The second position is held by a character that identifies the manufacturer of your Ford.

  • F - Ford

Position 3

This position of the VIN gives information on the brand division. The number points out the exact division of the manufacturer even if they have a number of them.

The first three positions of the VIN are collectively identified as the World Make Identifiers (WMI). Examples for your Ford may be as follows:

WMI

Manufacturer

The Owner of The Brand

Code of the Country

Country

1F0

Ford Motor Company (USA)

FORD

1F

USA

1F1

Ford Motor Company (USA)

FORD

1F

USA

1F6

Detroit Chassis LLC (USA)

FORD

1F

USA

1F7

MSX International Detroit, MI

FORD

1F

USA

1F8

American Transportation Corp. (USA)

FORD

1F

USA

1FA

Ford Motor Company (USA)

FORD

1F

USA

1FB

Ford Motor Company (USA)

FORD

1F

USA

1FC

Ford Motor Company (USA)

FORD

1F

USA

1FD

Ford Motor Company (USA)

FORD

1F

USA

1FM

Ford Motor Company (USA)

FORD

1F

USA

1FT

Ford Motor Company (USA)

FORD

1F

USA

1ZV

Ford Motor Company (USA)

FORD

1Z

USA

1ZW

Auto Alliance International (USA)

FORD

1Z

USA

2FA

Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. (CAN)

FORD

2F

Canada

2FD

Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. (CAN)

FORD

2F

Canada

2FM

Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. (CAN)

FORD

2F

Canada

2FT

Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. (CAN)

FORD

2F

Canada

3FA

Ford Motor Company of Canada, Ltd. (CAN)

FORD

3F

Mexico

3FB

Ford Motor Company S.A. (MEX)

FORD

3F

Mexico

3FC

Ford Motor Co SA de CV (MEX)

FORD

3F

Mexico

3FD

Ford Motor Company (Mexico) (MEX)

FORD

3F

Mexico

3FE

Ford Motor Company (Mexico) (MEX)

FORD

3F

Mexico

3FM

Ford Motor Co SA de CV (MEX)

FORD

3F

Mexico

3FN

Blue Diamond Trucks S. De R. L. De C. V. (MEX)

FORD

3F

Mexico

3FR

Blue Diamond Trucks S. De R. L. De C. V. (MEX)

FORD

3F

Mexico

3FT

Ford Motor Company (Mexico) (MEX)

FORD

3F

Mexico

3LN

Ford Motor Co SA de CV (MEX)

FORD

3L

Mexico

3M9

Mopesa Motores Power SA (MEX)

FORD

3M

Mexico

3MA

Ford Motor Co SA de CV (MEX)

FORD

3M

Mexico

3ME

Ford Motor Co SA de CV (MEX)

FORD

3M

Mexico

6F1

Ford Motor Company Australia (AU)

FORD

6F

Australia

6FP

Ford Motor Company Australia (AU)

FORD

6F

Australia

6FR

Ford Motor Co of Australia Ltd (AU)

FORD

6F

Australia

6FS

Ford Motor Co of Australia Ltd (AU)

FORD

6F

Australia

6FT

Ford Motor Co of Australia Ltd (AU)

FORD

6F

Australia

6MP

Ford Motor Co of Australia Ltd (AU)

FORD

6M

Australia

7A5

Ford Motor Company Of New Zealand Ltd (Z)

FORD

7A

New Zealand

8AF

FORD ARGENTINA (ARG)

FORD

8In

Argentina

8XD

Ford Motor de Venezuela SA (V)

FORD

8X

Venezuela

8YP

Ford Motor de Venezuela SA (V)

FORD

8Y

Venezuela

8YT

Ford Motor de Venezuela SA (V)

FORD

8Y

Venezuela

93R

Ford Motor Co Brasil Ltda (BRA)

FORD

93

Brazil

9BF

Ford Motor Company Brasil Ltda. (BRA)

FORD

9B

Brazil

9BT

Ford Motor Company Brasil Ltda. (BRA)

FORD

9B

Brazil

AFA

Samcor (Pty) Ltd (FOR)

FORD

OF

YuAR

AFM

Ford Motor Company of SA (Pty) Ltd (ZA)

FORD

OF

YuAR

LFA

Ford Lio Ho Motor Co Ltd (CHN)

FORD

LF

China

LFA

Ford Lio Ho Motor Co Ltd (CHN)

FORD

LF

Taiwan

LVS

Changan Ford Mazda Motor Company (CHN)

FORD

LV

China

MAY

Ford India Ltd (I)

FORD

MA

India

MPB

Ford Motor Company (Thailand) Limited (THA)

FORD

MP

Thailand

MS3

Ford India Private Limited (I)

FORD

MS

India

NM0

FORD-OTOSAN (TR)

FORD

NM

Turkey

PE1

Ford Motor Co Philippines Inc (PH)

FORD

ON

Philippines

PE2

Ford Motor Co Philippines Inc (PH)

FORD

ON

Philippines

PE3

Ford Motor Co Philippines Inc (PH)

FORD

ON

Philippines

PE4

Ford Motor Co Philippines Inc (PH)

FORD

ON

Philippines

PR8

Ford Malaysia Sdn Bhd (MAL)

FORD

PR

Malaysia

RHA

Ford Lio Ho Motor Co Ltd (T)

FORD

RH

Taiwan

RHB

Ford Lio Ho Motor Co Ltd (T)

FORD

RH

Taiwan

RL0

Ford Vietnam Limited (VIE)

FORD

RL

Vietnam

RL2

Ford Vietnam Limited (VIE)

FORD

RL

Vietnam

RL3

Ford Vietnam Limited (VIE)

FORD

RL

Vietnam

SBC

Iveco Ford Truck Ltd. (UK)

FORD

SB

United Kingdom

SFA

FORD-OTOSAN (TR)

FORD

SF

Turkey

SFA

Ford Motor Company Ltd (GB)

FORD

SF

United Kingdom

TW2

Ford Lutisania sarl (P)

FORD

TW

Portugal

UN1

Henry Ford and Son Ltd (IRL)

FORD

A

Ireland

VS6

Ford Espana its (P)

FORD

VS

Spain

WF0

Ford Werke A.G. (D)

FORD

WF

Germany

WF0

OOO Ford Motor Company (RU)

FORD

WF

Russia

WF1

Ford Werke A.G. (D)

FORD

WF

Germany

X4F

OOO Ford Motor Company (RU)

FORD

X4

Russia

X9F

OOO Ford Motor Company (RU)

FORD

X9

Russia

XLC

Ford Nederland nv (NL)

FORD

XL

Holland

Y4F

Ford Union (BLR)

FORD

Y4

Byelorussia

YF0

Ford-Werke (B)

FORD

YF

Belgium

Z6F

Ford Sollers Holding (RUS)

FORD

Z6

Russia

ZMJ

Ford Italia S.p.A. (I)

FORD

ZM

Italy

 

Position 4

Position four of the Ford VIN identifies the security systems incorporated in your vehicle.

A - reel seat belts and air bags for the driver; conventional belts for passenger
B - automatic belt
C - automatic safety belts and air bags for driver
D - automatic belts on front
L - automatic belts and airbags for the driver and passengers
P - conventional belts front
R - conventional belts, front airbag for the driver
S - conventional belts, front airbags for driver and passenger

Position 5 - 7

Position five through seven of the Ford VIN identifies the model designation of the vehicle. The first position is held by a character is occupied by a character that identifies the line model, the second identifies the series and the third identifies the execution of the vehicle. The descriptions are as indicated below:

5th sign

Sixth sign

Seventh sign

Model

A

Minivan

A

5

 

Ford Windstar, Ford Freestar

C

chassis for Ford E-series (Econoline vans and buses)

E

Ford E-series (Econoline vans and buses)

K

3

 

Ford EDGE FWD

F

5

 

Stripped motorhome chassis Ford

J

1, 2, 3, 4

C, D

Lincoln MKC (J_C - 4x2, J_D - 4x4)

J

2, 3

H, J, K, L

Lincoln Navigator

J

6, 7, 8, 9

J, K, L

Lincoln MKX (J6_, J7_ - 4x2, J8_, J9_ - 4x4)

K

4

 

Ford EDGE AWD

K

7

 

Ford Explorer FWD

K

8

 

Ford Explorer AWD

M

cars brands Mercury and Lincoln

M

5

 

Mercury Sable (a "rich variant" Ford Taurus)

M

6

 

Mercury Mystique

M

7

 

Mercury Grand Marquis (a "rich version of" Ford Crown Victoria)

M

7

 

Mercury Marauder (more "sporty" and "rich version of" Ford Crown Victoria)

M

8

1, 3, 4, 5, 9

Lincoln Town Car

M

8

6, 7

Lincoln LS

M

9

 

Lincoln Continental

P

0

 

Ford Fusion sedan

P

1

 

Ford Escort

P

3

 

Ford Focus

P

3

E, F, J

Ford Focus sedan

P

3

K, L, N, R

Ford Focus 5dr hatchback

P

3

T

Ford Focus RS 5dr hatchback

P

4

 

Ford Mustang

P

4

A, B, C

Ford Fiesta sedan

P

4

E, F, G, T

Ford Fiesta 5dr hatchback

P

5

 

Ford Taurus

P

5

A, B, C

Ford C-max

P

6

6, 8

Ford Contour ("перелицованный" европейский Ford Mondeo)

P

6

 

Ford Thunderbird

P

7

 

Ford Crown Victoria

P

7

2

Ford Crown Victoria (4-door sedan)

P

8

Mazda

P

8

4

Mazda6

P

8

A, C, T

Ford Mustang Coupe

P

8

E, F, U

Ford Mustang Convertible

P

9

 

Ford GT

R

Pick-up Ford Ranger

R

0, 1, 4

 

Ford Ranger

S

Ford E-series (Econoline vans and buses) on the elongated chassis (extended)

T

6

 

Mercury Coguar

The

0, 9

 

Ford Escape / Ford Escape Hybrid

The

1

 

Ford Expedition

The

2

 

Ford Expedition

The

2

 

Lincoln Navigator

The

4

 

Ford Excursion

The

6

 

Ford Explorer

The

7

 

Mercury Mountaineer

The

8

 

Lincoln Aviator

V

1

 

Mercury Villager

W

Ford F-Series crew cab

X

Ford F-Series super cab


 

Position 8 – Engine

Position 8 of the VIN identifies the engine type of the Ford vehicle.

Position 9 – Check Sum

The check number is used to algorithmically validate the Ford VIN; this number ensures that the VIN code entered is a valid Ford VIN.

Position 10 – Model Year

The tenth position of the Ford VIN identifies the production year of the car model in question.

Year of Issue

Designation

Year of Issue

Designation

Year of Issue

Designation

1971

1

1991

M

2011

B

1972

2

1992

N

2012

C

1973

3

1993

P

2013

D

1974

4

1994

R

2014

E

1975

5

1995

S

2015

F

1976

6

1996

T

2016

G

1977

7

1997

V

2017

H

1978

8

1998

W

2018

J

1979

9

1999

X

2019

K

1980

A

2000

Y

2020

L

1981

B

2001

1

2021

M

1982

C

2002

2

2022

N

1983

D

2003

3

2023

P

1984

E

2004

4

2024

R

1985

F

2005

5

2025

S

1986

G

2006

6

2026

T

1987

H

2007

7

2027

V

1988

J

2008

8

2028

W

1989

K

2009

9

2029

X

1990

L

2010

A

2030

Y

 

Position 11 – Assembly Plant

This position is held by a character that specifies the assembly plant of your Ford vehicle. The plants may be as follows:

0 - Detroit, Michigan, USA
5 - the flat Rock, Michigan, USA
A - Hapvill, Georgia, United States
B - Oakville, Ontario, Canada
C - Oakville, Ontario, Canada
D - Eyvon Leyk, Ohio, USA
E - Louisville Kentucky, USA
F - Dearborn, Michigan, USA
G - Chicago, Illinois, USA
H - Lorraine, Ohio, USA
J - Monterrey, Mexico
K - Kansas, Missouri, United States
L - Wayne, Michigan, United States
M - Kuatilan, Mexico
N - Norfolk, Virginia, US
P - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
R - Hermosa Mexico
T - Edison, New Jersey, USA
U - Louisville, Kentucky, USA
V - Escobedo, Mexico
W - Wayne, Michigan, USA
X - Saint Thomas, Ontario, Canada
Y - Vic catfish, Michigan, United States
Z - Hezelvud, Missouri, USA

Position 12-17 – Serial Number

Position 12 – 17 is called vehicle’s serial number. This consist of a sequence of six numbers that are not standardized. The serial number is selected to the preference of the vehicle manufacturer. These numbers can identify the exact vehicle being looked up.

FORD VIN NUMBER LOCATION

The Ford VIN can be located in the following areas of the vehicle:

  • On the dash of the vehicle on the driver’s side.
  • On a small aluminum ID tag found on the driver’s door.
  • Stamped on the frame of the engine compartment just below the alternator.
  • Right under where the seat would be located.

FORD MODELS

Ford models are as follows:

  • Ford Fiesta
  • Ford Falcon
  • Ford Figo
  • Ford Focus
  • Ford Focus RS
  • Ford SVT Focus
  • Ford Fusion
  • Ford Ikon
  • Ford Ka
  • Ford Mondeo
  • Ford Mustang
  • Ford Taurus
  • Ford Pinto
  • Ford Torino
  • Ford Torino GT
  • Ford Model T
  • Ford Edsel Ranger
  • Ford Crown Victoria
  • Ford Edsel Villager
  • Ford Blush
  • Ford C-MAX
  • Ford S-Max
  • Ford Galaxy
  • Ford Escape
  • Ford EcoSport
  • Ford Edge
  • Ford Flex
  • Ford Everest
  • Ford Expedition
  • Ford Kuga
  • Ford Territory
  • Ford Bronco
  • Ford Bronco II
  • Ford Explorer
  • Ford Cargo
  • Ford Courier
  • Ford F-Series
  • Ford E-Series Wagon
  • Ford Explorer Sport Trac
  • Ford LCF
  • Ford Ranger
  • Ford Super Duty
  • Ford Transit
  • Ford Transit Connect
  • Ford Aerostar
  • Ford Windstar
  • Ford Lightning
  • Ford Ranchero

 

EXAMPLE DECODED FORD VIN

VIN: 3FADP4EJ9BM156937

2011 Ford Fiesta 5dr HB SE

General Information

MFR model code:                                                         P4E

Body type:                                                                       Hatchback

Pass Doors:                                                                     4

Alternative name:                                                      

Alternative body:                                                         4dr Car

Drivetrain:                                                                       Front Wheel Drive

Engine and Powertrain

Type:                                                                                 4 Cylinder Engine

Displacement L/CI:                                                      1.6/ 97

Fuel Type:                                                                       Gasoline Fuel

Horsepower:                                                                  120.0 @ 6350

Fuel Economy:                                                               28.0 City / 37.0 Highway MPG

Fuel Capacity:                                                                                16.0 gal

Net Torque:                                                                    112.0 @ 5000

 

Technical Specifications

Manufactured By:                                                        Mexico Ford Make Passenger Cars

Suspension Type – Front:                                         Independent

Suspension Type – Rear:                                           Twist Beam

Front Tire Size:                                                              185/65R15

Rear Tire Size:                                                                                185/65R15

Brake ABS System:                                                       4-Wheel

Wheelbase:                                                                    98.0 in 98.0 min 98.0 max

 

OPTIONS AND FEATURE CODES

  • 111A Preferred Equipment Package 111A
  • 143 Remote Keyless Entry (GL)
  • 144 Appearance Package
  • 144 Remote Keyless/Illuminated Entry System
  • 151 Electronics Group
  • 152 Tachometer
  • 153 Front License Plate Bracket
  • 15H Complete Headliner
  • 166 Carpet Delete
  • 166 Carpet Delete (Fleet)
  • 166 Floor Mats - $60
  • 16E Vinyl Floor Covering - Front and Rear
  • 16G Carpet, Front
  • 173 Glass, Fixed Rear Cargo Door
  • 175 Additional equipment
  • 178 Glass, Fixed Side/Rear Cargo Door
  • 179 Glass, Swing-Out Side/Fixed Rear /E350
  • 17A Fixed rear-door glass
  • 17B Fixed rear-door glass with fixed passenger-side door glass
  • 17C Fixed rear-door glass with flip-open passenger-side door glass
  • 17D Fixed rear-door glass with fixed driver and passenger-side door glass
  • 17F Windows-All-Around, fixed
  • 17G Windows-All-Around with 4th row flip-open glass
  • 17H Windows-All-Around with 2nd row driver-side flip-open glass
  • 17K Windows-All-Around with 2nd row driver and passenger-side flip-open glass
  • 17J Windows-All-Around with 2nd row driver and passenger-side flip-open glass and 4th row vent
  • 186 CAB STEPS
  • 187 Integrated Side Step Bars
  • 211 Bench Seat, 2nd Row
  • 213 Electric Shift-on-the-Fly 4x4
  • 215 Electronic Shift-On-The-Fly
  • 216 Child Safety Seat
  • 219 R Split Fold Seat
  • 21C Pewter (grey) Cloth, 2-way manual driver and front passenger with inboard armrest and driver-side manual lumbar
  • 21G Pewter (grey) Vinyl, 2-way manual (fore/aft/recline) driver and front passenger, driver-side armrest with driver side and front passenger-side airbags
  • 21L Pewter (grey) Cloth, 2-way manual (fore/aft/recline) driver and front passenger, driver-side and front-passenger side airbags, inboard armrest and driver-side manual lumbar - Van
  • 21D Charcoal Cloth, 2-way manual (fore/aft/recline) driver, and front passenger, with inboard armrest and driver-side manual lumbar
  • 21M Charcoal Cloth, 2-way manual (fore/aft/recline) driver and front passenger, armrest, airbags, and driver-side manual lumbar
  • 21E Pewter (grey) Cloth with 10-way power driver and 2-way manual passenger seat, inboard armrests
  • 21F Charcoal Cloth with 10-way power driver and 2-way manual passenger seat, driver-side and frontpassenger- side airbags and inboard armrests - Van CA/CC
  • 21H Pewter (grey) Leather 10-way power driver and frontpassenger seats with driver-side and front-passengerside airbags and inboard armrests
  • 21J Pewter (grey) Vinyl, 2-way manual (fore/aft/recline) driver seat only (Passenger Seat Delete). Includes inboard armrest and manual lumbar
  • 21K Pewter (grey) Cloth, 10-Way Power (fore/aft/recline) driver seat only (Passenger Seat Delete). Includes inboard armrest and manual lumbar
  • 413 Skid Plates
  • 413 Sport Package
  • 422 Additional equipment
  • 422 Emission control level- California
  • 425 50-State Emissions
  • 428 Additional equipment
  • 428 Emission control level- Federal
  • 428 High Altitude Principal Use
  • 433 Rear windscreen
  • 433 Window, Sliding Rear
  • 434 Trio Option Group
  • 439 Power Moon roof
  • 445 5 Speed Manual Transmission
  • 445 6-Speed Manual Transmission (Gas)
  • 447 6-Speed Manual Transmission (Diesel)
  • 467 Front seats - heated
  • 471 Camper Package
  • 473 Side body color platform step
  • 474 Autolamp
  • 111A Preferred Equipment Package 111A
  • 12H Floor Mat Delete (Fleet)
  • 12H Floor Mats
  • 12Y Floor mats
  • 13B Power Moon roof
  • 13B Sunroof
  • 13C Trunk Organizer
  • 13E Sunroof, Power Tilt/Slide
  • 13K Decklid Spoiler
  • 13T Removable Top/Heated Glass Rear Window
  • 14A Active Anti-Theft System
  • 155A PREF EQUIP PKG 155A
  • 15A Crew Van Package
  • 15B Crew Van Interior Upgrade Package
  • 16C Vinyl Floor Covering - Front
  • 16E Vinyl Floor Covering - Front and Rear - Wagon
  • 16G Carpet, Front w/ Wagon XLT
  • 16S All-Weather Floor Mats (Rubber)

 

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Visitor

No, but you can usually find it on a sticker affixed in the glove box, your owner's manual or a sticker on the trunk lid. If you can't find any of those, a good quality scan tool can retrieve it for you.

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    Need to find the correct oil filter for my 2010 Ford Focus, VIN: 1FAP3FN0AW234002

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