How to Check and Decode a Mitsubishi VIN

Your Mitsubishi VIN is comprised of 17 digits that follow a standardized set of codes. You can find it on the driver’s side windshield or door jamb.
Written by Sarah Williams
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
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You can find everything you need to know about your Mitsubishi’s country of origin, model year, vehicle information, manufacturer, and assembly plant by decoding its VIN. Mitsubishi VINs are located on the driver’s side windshield and door jamb. 
You need your VIN to update your vehicle’s registration, renew your driver’s license, or sell your car. But what do each of those 17-digits really represent?
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How to check your Mitsubishi’s VIN

Your Mitsubishi’s VIN is its vehicle identification number. It contains a unique set of 17 digits that identifies your specific Mitsubishi. 
There are different places you can find your Mitsubishi VIN. They include: 
  • Your insurance and registration cards
  • On the driver’s side of your dashboard, visible through the windshield
  • Inside the driver’s side doorjamb
It’s also possible to find your Mitsubishi VIN on the vehicle’s firewall or rear trunk area. 

How to decode a Mitsubishi VIN

The DMV uses VINs to help process many different car-related services—but what exactly is encoded in those 17 digits? 
VINs have been used in the United States since the 1950s but weren’t standardized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) until 1981. Ever since each of those 17 digits has held universally recognized meanings. 
VINs use all ten numerical digits (0-9) and all the alphabet letters. The exception is the letters I, O, and Q, as they can easily be confused with 1, 0, and 9.
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First position: country of origin

The first three digits of your Mitsubishi VIN make up the world manufacturer identifier (WMI) code. The first number indicates the country where your Mitsubishi was manufactured. For Mitsubishis, you might see an M for Thailand or a J for Japan.

Positions 2-3: manufacturer information

The second digit identifies the manufacturer or A for Mitsubishi. The third digit refers to the vehicle type–i.e., a 3 for a passenger car or a 4 for a multi-purpose vehicle. 

Positions 4-8: vehicle-specific information

The next five digits list vehicle-specific information, ranging from your car’s body type to engine and transmission specifications. Because each Mitsubishi model comes in different styles and trim levels, these digits help to identify which exact vehicle you’re driving.  

Position 9: the VIN check digit

With so much standardized information making up a VIN, there needs to be a check digit to prevent people from creating fake VINs. This check digit is based on the other digits in your VIN and verifies the authenticity of the number. 

Position 10: model year

With every passing year, the system for indicating model year gets increasingly complicated as VINs re-use digits from earlier model years. The only digits that don’t appear here are U, Z, and 0 (in addition to I, O, and Q). 
Here’s how the VIN model year codes for the last twenty years break down:
Code
Year
1
2001
2
2002
3
2003
4
2004
5
2005
6
2006
7
2007
8
2008
9
2009
A
2010
B
1981 OR 2011
C
1982 OR 2012
D
1983 OR 2013
E
1984 OR 2014
F
1985 OR 2015
G
1986 OR 2016
H
1987 OR 2017
J
1988 OR 2018
K
1989 OR 2019
L
1990 OR 2020
M
1991 OR 2021
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Position 11: assembly plant

The 11th position contains a unique set of codes that refer to the factory where the vehicle was assembled. The main factories you’ll see listed for Mitsubishi are one in Thailand represented by H or three in Japan represented by J, U, and Z. 

Positions 12-17: vehicle serial number

The final six digits of any VIN are the individual car’s serial number or plant sequence number. This number is completely unique to your Mitsubishi. 
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