Where can you find the type plate on a car?

Where can you find the nameplate on a car?

The nameplate of a car, also known as the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plaque, is a metal or plastic label that contains important information about the vehicle. The nameplate typically lists the vehicle identification number, the manufacturer, permissible weights or axle loads, the manufacturing date, and other specific data. These details are important for the identification of the vehicle during registrations, inspections, and legal checks.

The nameplate is usually placed in easily accessible locations so that it can be easily viewed by both vehicle owners and inspectors. Common locations for the nameplate are:

  • On the door frame at the B-pillar: When you open the driver's door, you can see the nameplate on the B-pillar, usually near the door lock.

  • Engine compartment: Some vehicles have the nameplate mounted in the engine compartment, either on the engine itself or on one of the inner walls.

The exact position can vary depending on the manufacturer and model. If you have difficulty finding the nameplate, the vehicle's manual can often help, or you can ask the manufacturer or a specialized workshop.

Examples of nameplates

Vehicle with EU type approval:

This Volkswagen Passat 3B has an EU type approval number on the nameplate (e198/140157), so this vehicle can likely also obtain a Certificate of Conformity (COC).


This Chevrolet also has an EU type approval on the nameplate, therefore this vehicle fundamentally qualifies for a COC.


Vehicle with national operating permit (no COC)

This VW still has a national type approval, in this case, it is a Golf III type 1H, which was individually homologated for each country at that time and therefore no COC is possible.


This Fiat also dates back to the time of national type approvals, has no European type approval, and therefore cannot get a COC.


Other examples without EU type approval

This Subaru is an import from Japan, therefore the vehicle has no EU type approval and cannot get a COC.

This Toyota does not have EU type approval on the nameplate - therefore no COC is possible for it.

This Suzuki was also produced without EU type approval - a Certificate of Conformity (COC) is not possible.

A VW Passat Tap 3C, this vehicle was built from 2005 - so technically it should have an EU Declaration of Conformity. However, this is an import from a non-EU market. Therefore, no COC is possible here either.