Mercedes-Benz vehicles can be identified from the following numbers:
During business hours it is possible to identify mercedes benz vehicles on the Daimler Data System (VEDOK) available at any Daimler establishment (but not dealerships). The following information can be found by means of the VEDOK system:
– Production Number
– Engine number
– Gearbox number
– Radio number
– Vehicle registration document number
– Order number
1. Vehicle Identification Number:
1.1 Location of the VIN in mercedes benz
For the mercedes benz Gl-Class please note:
In the period from 15.12.06 to 15.02.07, approximately 5700 vehicles of the GL-Class (VIN series …7A217443 to …7A238870) were produced. On these vehicles the VIN was displaced by about 5cm, so that the VIN is no longer located directly under the carpet flap.
1.2 Appearance and dimensions of the VIN
Since 1972, in Mercedes-Benz vehicles the Mercedes star has always appeared at the left and right extremities of the VIN (Exception: SLR McLaren). One point of the star always points towards the top. In the VIN sequence there are never any filler characters.
1.2.1 Stamped VIN (with the corresponding numbers as stamped)
1.2.2 A VIN “burned” on by laser
only used on the 140 series
1.2.3 The new form of lettering
Used by and by in all plants as from 1 June 1996.
An example of a VIN from the Tuscaloosa works (the VIN was stamped before painting and is therefore painted)
N.B.: Vehicles from the Graz works (4-matic vehicles) also have a painted VIN.
Example of a painted VIN from the Tuscaloosa works:
Close-up images of the painted VIN:
Example of a VIN (from the C 216), as made in the Sindelfingen works after painting. There are still some metal particles visible around the VIN:
1.3 Visible VIN
Visible VINs are mandatory in the USA and some other countries. On vehicles destined for this market, the VIN can be found on the lower left edge of the windscreen behind a small clear spot in the shading. On some series, vehicles destined for other markets have the clear spot painted over with black paint before the windscreen is fitted. However sometimes there is a black blank sticker stuck on at this location.
Exception: With the C-Class sedans (W204), which in the work Sindelfingen (11. Put the work letter VIN A) were produced, a Visible VIN was introduced to 26.03.2008 in all vehicles (also European delivery). Since the 27.03.2008 only the vehicles with code 989 or code receive 986 (US VIN structures) the Visible VIN stuck – all the others show at this point a black blank foil on.
The foil is produced with a customary printer, so that the typography as well as the precision of the pressure deviates from the registrations on the type signs of newer generation (lasered).
1.4 Breakdown of the VIN
2. Type Plate:
2.1 Location of the type plate
Location of the type plate on the radiator yoke on the 107, 124, 126, 129, 140, 201, 202 Series
For particular points relating to the 129, 140 and 202 Series, see also ‘’Location of the type plate on the B-spar’’ below
The factory plate is screwed, with recessed head screws, onto the right-hand side of the upper stiffening plate for the radiator, (radiator yoke), in the direction of travel. It can be read from the front (some export vehicles use rivets).
On the 107 Series: The factory plate is screwed, with recessed head screws, onto the left-hand side of the upper stiffening plate for the radiator, (radiator yoke), in the direction of travel. It can be read from the front.
Location of the type plate on the right B-spar on the Series: 129, 140, 163, 164, 168, 169, 170, 171, 197, 202, 203, 204, 207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 212, 215, 216, 219, 220, 221, 230, 245, 251, 414:
Starting in 1995, the type plate was glued onto the right B-spar on the 140 and 129 Series.
On the 202, after approximately VIN serial number 001000, the type plate is only found on the B-spar.
Various positions on the B-spar depending on the model:
Vehicles produced for the American market have the type plate (of various kinds) on the left B-spar.
Location of the factory plate on the left A-spar on the Type 199:
On the Type 199 (SLR), the type plate is stuck onto the left A-spar behind the door lever. At the bottom left, instead of “Made in Germany”, the words “Made in England” can be found.
2.2 Form and Appearance of the Type plates
Type plate 1
There was as yet no World Manufacturer Identifier Code during the period when these type plates were in use (in the 1960s and 70s). ‘WDB’ was later used for Mercedes-Benz. Therefore in those years the VIN consisted of 14 characters. The model/design number (i.e. on VINs of this type the first 6 characters) were already put on in plain printing by the plate manufacturer. During the 1960s there was a dot after the 3-character engine code. The remaining eight digits were embossed by the vehicle manufacturer.
Type plate 2
Type plate 3
Type plate 4
This type plate was only used on the 202 Series. When production of the 202 Series first began, circa 1000 vehicles were issued with type plate No 3. The type plate can vary depending on the country of destination, or whether or not it has an EEC type approval.
The base material is a metal foil covered in white. One side is adhesive.
Type plate 5
Type plate 6
Type plate 7
Type plate 8
Type plate 9
Type plate 10
Like type plate No. 9; however, the Mercedes star and the written name “Mercedes Benz“ are no longer visible in a straight but a diagonal manner on the foil. Used approx. from the end of 2009.
There are other kinds of type plates for other regions
Exception: type plate AMG
The CLK AMG DTM shows a specific feature with the type sign. The vehicle is delivered as a CLK 200 by the Mercedes work in AMG and, hence, has a regular type sign No. 7 with the construction pattern 209 34. With the fa AMG the vehicle receives a completely other engine and bigger changes in the bodywork.
These changes become by an additional type sign with a so-called. Step 2 approval documents. On this additional type sign an independent VIN is registered (sequentially numbered), as it is nowhere to be found again, otherwise, however, in the vehicle. Hence, for the vehicle and his traffic licensing the FIN of the CLK 200 is furthermore a compressor as it is registered on the original-type sign and also is introduced in the vehicle in the metal, valid.
The method with the complementary type sign for the step 2 approval is also applied with some other AMG models (among other things with the CL-AMG / type 216).
The appearance of the type signs can easily vary. While, for instance, at the beginning of the production of the CL 63-AMG and CL 65-AMG a purely black foil was used and this was printed customarily, the original-security foil (with Mercedes logo and stroke is used from autumn, 2007 also with these models in the sloping light) and the registrations are put down by means of laser.
The additional AMG type plate is not always attached directly next to the original type plate. In the 216 model (CL-class), for example, it is attached to the right B-pillar above the lock.
Characteristic of SLS-AMG
The type plate of the Mercedes-Benz SLS-AMG may differ from the other Mercedes type plates. For instance with respect to the vehicle equipment codes 966, 967, 968, 969, i.e. shipment with COC paper (= currently all shipments to Europe and the so-called ROW (rest of world) countries, except for U.S.A., Canada, etc.). In these cases, the manufacturer’s name is “MERCEDES-AMG GMBH“ instead of “DAIMLER AG“, and the Mercedes star plus the name “Mercedes“ written on the left side is replaced by the AMG logo. The VIN starts with the WMI “WMX“.
If the car is delivered without COC paper (i.e. without vehicle equipment codes 966, 697, 968, 969), „conventional“ type plates like type plate No. 10 or type plates according to the regulations in the U.S.A., Canada, etc. are used Manifacturer: „DAIMLER AG“, WMI: „WDD“).
3. Body Plate (Superstructure Plate) /Vehicle Data Plate and Production Plate:
3.1 Body plate
3.1.1 Body plate (Superstructure plate) in general
– is screwed onto the body shell
– is overpainted in the vehicle’s colour
– no paint should be visible under the body plate up until 7/93
– after 8/93 however, paint should be visible under the plate as it was mounted on small metal nipples
The plate is fixed onto the primed body shell using 2 recessed head screws. The body shell is then immersed in a paint bath. The body shell and its body plate are coveredwith a continuous layer of paint. The paint should extend continuously right up to the radiator yoke. If the plate is removed, the paint on the edges of the plate crumbles. A genuine plate should have no paint on the bodywork beneath it.
Since 1993 the plate has normally been placed on nipples. In the immersion tank paint also flows underneath the plate and leaves a layer of paint underneath the plate.
3.1.2 Location of the body plate (superstructure plate)
Vehicles of the old M-Class (W163) and old A-Class (W168) do not have a body plate. Control of production at the works on these series was done by mans of a transponder placed in the left wing of a vehicle. When production was complete the transponder was removed from the vehicle.
3.1.3 Form and appearance of the body plate (superstructure plate)
3.2 Vehicle data plate
3.2.1 Vehicle data plate in general
When production began on the 168, 215, 220 (1998 / 1999) and all following series, the vehicle data plate was introduced in place of the car body plate (until the introduction of the production plate in 2005). On the 163 Series the vehicle data plate was introduced in the course of the year 2000.
A second vehicle data plate was introduced on the 168, 215, 220 and most subsequent production series as a replacement for the production strip.
On the 129, 140, 170, 202, 208 and 210 series, the vehicle data plate was introduced in place of the production strip between 1997 and 1999.
(See also No. 6 and the following – assembly document and production stripe)
The vehicle data plate is identical to the type plate in the way it is produced and the material used.
3.2.2 Location of the vehicle data plate
3.2.3 Location of the second vehicle data plate
Most series have a second vehicle data plate stuck onto the floor of the boot or on other locations in the boot (e.g. under the parcel shelf).
Locations of the vehicle data plate
3.3 Production plate
All Mercedes Benz vehicles since the end of February/beginning of March 2005 (the 9th calendar week) have had a production plate instead of the vehicle data plate. A second vehicle data plate is not used.
The vehicle data plate was still used at first on the W164 and X164. Only after April 2006 was the production plate used.
3.3.1 Location of the production plate
The production plate is stuck onto the inner side of the bonnet. The exact location varies from model to model (further forward or back).
Exception McLaren SLR: The production sign is under the type plate in left A-spar one
3.3.2 Appearance and content of the production plate
The production plate is made of the same material as type plate 7 and resembles it in the use of the stylised “Mercedes star“ and the words “Mercedes-Benz” (which are visible under slanting light). The plate contains no other evidence of the manufacturer. The corners must have been precisely rounded off by the laser.
4. Engine Number:
4.1 Location of the engine number
On all newer petrol engines, the engine number is located on a smooth spot on the top, on the right as viewed in the direction of travel, on the transition to the gearbox (see the image of the V6/V8/V12 petrol engines). Depending on the particular engine, the number is more or less easily readable when viewed from above, if looking down towards the gearbox between the engine and the subframe.
4.2 Appearance of the engine number
On Mercedes-Benz vehicles engine numbers are stamped or needle punched (the so-called “Grand Centre-Punch”) but newer engines also “etched” (milled) numbering; (i.e., engraved, whereby the point where the tool first makes contact can clearly be distinguished on each character or sign).
Stamped engine number:
Etched engine number:
A needle-punched number:
New lettering style used in needle-punched engine numbers
4.3 Breakdown of the engine number
Engine model (must correspond to the type of model)
see model designations
2 Steering and engine plant codes
0 = Steering not predetermined
1 = Left-hand drive (LHD)
2 = Right-hand drive (RHD)
3 = Untertürkheim engine plant
4 = Berlin engine plant
5 = Mannheim engine plant
6 = AMG
3 Transmission codes
Only introduced if the steering is encoded under 2 that is, if the codes 0 – 2 are entered.
If that is the case, then
0 = Manual gearbox with normal clutch
1 = Manual gearbox with hydraulic clutch
2 = Automatic gearbox
If the engine number has been encoded under 2, the eighth digit of the
engine number forms part of the running serial number
4 Serial number
5 Special symbol(s)
There are sometimes variations from the above scheme on replacement engines.
New numbers are normally only issued when a completely new engine is installed. The original number is retained when engines are given a complete overhaul.
Replacement engines have small metal plates onto which the new engine number has been engraved.
5. Gearbox number:
5.1 Location of the gearbox number
5.2 Appearance of the gearbox number
Manual transmission (right-hand side)
Automatic transmission (left-hand side)
5.3 Breakdown of the gearbox number.
5.4 Transfer gear number on 4matic vehicles
AWD (4matic) vehicles have an engraved individual number on the transfer gear. The transfer gear is mounted onto the right front of the gearbox, on the side. It is normally only possible to see an engraved individual number from underneath.
6. Radio/Command System Number:
If a radio or ‘comand’ system was originally installed at the works, this number can be used to identify the VIN. Unlike radios, command systems can be identified on the central screen. Versions depend on the year and model.
6.1 Location of the radio / command system number
Radio/command system numbers are located on a sticker on the housing of the mercedes benz.
Their appearances vary depending on the manufacturer.
On some models, particularly on radios, the number may also be present in the metal housing.
6.2 Breakdown of the radio/command system number
Radio numbers always have 14 characters. Frequently however, especially on apparatus built by the Becker company, there can be two different stickers with slightly different radio numbers on the radio/‘comand’ system placed on the same apparatus.
Stuck on top of the unit:
Stuck on to the right side of the unit:
1 Manufacturers’ codes
AL = Alpine
BE = Becker
BO = Bosch
BP = Blaupunkt / Bosch
PA = Panasonic
ME = Mitsubishi Electronic Corporation (Melco)
2 Model code
3 Additional, manufacturer’s internal data
This includes among other things a code for the manufacturing plant. It does not form part of the actual radio number and is therefore also not listed in DaimlerChrysler’s own VEDOC data system. Therefore do not use these 3 characters for carrying out radio number checks!
4 Year codes (calendar years)
5 Serial number
6 Radio number check number
The check number for radio numbers no longer belongs to the actual radio number.
The corresponding serial number, production data and the manufacturer can be read out by activating various function buttons (they vary according to the radio type).
As each radio manufacturer uses a different approach, it is not possible here to give a detailed description. As each radio manufacturer uses a different approach, it is not possible here to give a detailed description. because information on obtaining readouts can be obtained via the nearest Mercedes-Benz dealership or from the above-mentioned contact persons for vehicle security.
7. Vehicle Keys:
Depending on the model, Mercedes-Benz keys have been able to give readouts from about 1989, i.e., the locking number is stored in the key transponder. To obtain a readout of the locking number and an attribution to a VIN the actual key must be forwarded to DaimlerChrysler AG, Dept. VP/VG, at the address above.?
So,The transponder can be read out by them, so that normally after about a week, including time in the post the results will arrive.