The NHTSA Product Information Catalog Vehicle Listing (vPIC) Application Programming Interface (API) provides different ways to gather information on Vehicles and their specifications. The vPIC Dataset is populated using the information submitted by the Motor Vehicle manufacturers through the 565 submittals. All the information on how a VIN is assigned by the manufacturer is captured in this catalog and used to decode a VIN and extract vehicle information.

Users/Applications attempting to use vPIC APIs will be controlled by an automated traffic rate control mechanism to ensure optimal performance of the NHTSA websites and minimize adverse impact to our users.

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Standalone database

A standalone vPIC Database is now available for developers to implement VIN decode on their end instead of calling or APIs. Please click the Download button below to download the vPIC database as a backup file created using MS SQL Server 2012.

Download ("vPICList_lite_2021_07.bak.zip" updated on 07/17/2021, file size: 165 MB)

Once downloaded, you can decode a VIN by calling the “spVINDecode” stored procedure as below
EXEC [dbo].[spVinDecode] @v = N'3535353', @year = 2020
@v parameter is required – Please pass the VIN that needs to be decoded
@year parameter is optional – Please pass the Vehicle's Model Year (if available), if not supplied procedure will try to deduct that information from the VIN

API Methods

Output Format

Decode VIN

/vehicles/DecodeVin/5UXWX7C5*BA?format=xml&modelyear=2011
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Decode VIN (flat format)

/vehicles/DecodeVinValues/5UXWX7C5*BA?format=xml&modelyear=2011
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Decode VIN Extended

/vehicles/DecodeVinExtended/5UXWX7C5*BA?format=json&modelyear=2011
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Decode VIN Extended (flat format)

/vehicles/DecodeVinValuesExtended/5UXWX7C5*BA?format=json&modelyear=2011
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Decode WMI

/vehicles/DecodeWMI/1FD?format=xml
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Get WMIs for Manufacturer

/vehicles/GetWMIsForManufacturer/hon?format=xml
/vehicles/GetWMIsForManufacturer/987?format=xml
/vehicles/GetWMIsForManufacturer/hon?vehicleType=car&format=xml
/vehicles/GetWMIsForManufacturer/987?vehicleType=2&format=xml
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Get All Makes

/vehicles/GetAllMakes?format=csv
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Get Parts

/vehicles/GetParts?type=565&fromDate=1/1/2015&toDate=5/5/2015&format=xml&page=1
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Get All Manufacturers

/vehicles/GetAllManufacturers?format=xml&page=2
XML CSV JSON
/vehicles/GetAllManufacturers?ManufacturerType=Intermediate
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Get Manufacturer Details

/vehicles/GetManufacturerDetails/honda?format=xml
XML CSV JSON
/vehicles/GetManufacturerDetails/989
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Get Makes for Manufacturer by Manufacturer Name

/vehicles/GetMakeForManufacturer/honda?format=json
/vehicles/GetMakeForManufacturer/988?format=xml
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Get Makes for Manufacturer by Manufacturer Name and Year

/vehicles/GetMakesForManufacturerAndYear/mer?year=2013&format=json
/vehicles/GetMakesForManufacturerAndYear/988?year=2013&format=json
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Get Makes for Vehicle Type by Vehicle Type Name

/vehicles/GetMakesForVehicleType/car?format=json
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Get Vehicle Types for Make by Name

/vehicles/GetVehicleTypesForMake/mercedes?format=json
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Get Vehicle Types for Make by Id

/vehicles/GetVehicleTypesForMakeId/450?format=json
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Get Equipment Plant Codes

/vehicles/GetEquipmentPlantCodes/2015?format=json
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Get Models for Make

/vehicles/GetModelsForMake/honda?format=json
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Get Models for MakeId

/vehicles/GetModelsForMakeId/440?format=json
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Get Models for Make and a combination of Year and Vehicle Type

/vehicles/GetModelsForMakeYear/make/honda/modelyear/2015?format=csv
/vehicles/GetModelsForMakeYear/make/honda/vehicletype/truck?format=csv
/vehicles/GetModelsForMakeYear/make/honda/modelyear/2015/vehicletype/truck?format=csv


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Get Models for Make Id and a combination of Year and Vehicle Type

/vehicles/GetModelsForMakeIdYear/makeId/474/modelyear/2015?format=csv
/vehicles/GetModelsForMakeIdYear/makeId/474/vehicletype/truck?format=csv
/vehicles/GetModelsForMakeIdYear/makeId/474/modelyear/2015/vehicletype/truck?format=csv


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Get Vehicle Variables List

/vehicles/GetVehicleVariableList?format=xml
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Get Vehicle Variable Values List

/vehicles/GetVehicleVariableValuesList/battery type
/vehicles/GetVehicleVariableValuesList/2
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Decode VIN (flat format) in a Batch (max 50 VINs per batch)

/vehicles/DecodeVINValuesBatch/
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Get Canadian vehicle specifications

/vehicles/GetCanadianVehicleSpecifications/?year=2011&make=Acura&format=csv
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