VIN certifications are $50 (cash or check) and take approximately an hour to complete.

VIN – or vehicle identification number – certifications are required by state regulations in a variety of situations to ensure that a vehicle is not stolen or pieced together from stolen parts.

Finding a certified resource for VIN checks can be challenging when you’re registering a vehicle, motorcycle or boat in Colorado from another state, or when required to show verification by the County Clerk’s office.

Colorado State University Police Department is expanding its VIN certification services. 

  • Appointments are required.
  • (970) 491-7693
  • Appointments are from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on first and third Thursdays of the month.
  • Walk-ins are not accepted.

VIN Locations

Vin locations example

What is a vehicle identification number (VIN)?

Example of VIN

The car’s vehicle identification number – commonly called a VIN – is the identifying code for a SPECIFIC automobile. The VIN serves as the car’s fingerprint, as no two vehicles in operation have the same VIN. A VIN is composed of 17 characters (digits and capital letters) that act as a unique identifier for the vehicle. A VIN displays the car’s unique features, specifications and manufacturer. The VIN can be used to track recalls, registrations, warranty claims, thefts and insurance coverage.

What if the VIN is not 17 characters long?

Double-check to make sure that you have the right VIN and have copied it down correctly. Once you have verified that the VIN is less than 17 characters, the VIN is most likely from a pre-1981 vehicle.

What do the numbers and letters in a VIN mean?

VIN detailed information