How do I find out when my car was first registered?

I'm trying to pinpoint the model year for a car that my brother gave me. How can I find when my car was first registered with the DMV?

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Great question. Having your vehicle identification number (VIN) can help you figure out when your car was first registered. All of your vehicle’s history, including make, model, car insurance, and build information, is linked to this series of letters and numbers.
Here’s are some options for finding out when your car was first registered with the DMV:
  • Enter the VIN into a validator site like CarFax to verify the year, make, and model of your car.
  • Provide your VIN to the nearest dealership of your car’s make
  • Bring your current registration and proof of ID to your local DMV
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Matthew Macgugan
Answered on Oct 22, 2021
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