Policy Position on Model Year in Title/Registration Records

AAMVA recommends that, effective with the 1983 model year, jurisdiction title or registration procedures for passenger cars, trucks, and motorcycles (other than multistage manufactured vehicles, such as motor homes) should include an electronic comparison using a VIN decoder product of the captioned model year with the model year code contained in the Vehicle Identification Number, as shown on the Certificate of Origin, New Vehicle Information Statement, bill of sale, or dealer report of sale. The Association further recommends that if the captioned model year in the documents or electronic records differs from the model year code in the VIN, the title or registration of the vehicle should be withheld until the documents or electronic records are corrected, as may be provided for by the law or regulation of the jurisdiction.  

[Amended 2016]