VIN Checks
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VIN Checks

Indiana State law requires that a person must obtain a certificate of title for all vehicles owned by that person within 60 days of becoming an Indiana resident.   Further, Indiana residents must title newly acquired vehicles no later than 31 days from the date of purchase.  Police officer inspections, commonly referred to as VIN (vehicle identification number) checks, are required if the vehicle was not previously titled in Indiana.  Any vehicle coming into Indiana from another state, including those assigned to an Indiana resident on a manufacturers certificate of origin, must be inspected.

VIN checks are conducted  at IMPD district headquarters sites from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays).  The headquarters' addresses are:

  • North District (3120 E. 30th Street)
  • East District (3229 N. Shadeland Avenue) 
  • Southeast District (1150 S. Shelby Street)
  • Southwest District (551 N. King Avenue)
  • Northwest District (3821 Industrial Boulevard)
  • Downtown District (39 W. Jackson Place, Suite 500)

Citizens in need of an VIN inspection should obtain the police officer inspection form from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.   They should take the form and their car to a district headquarters for the check.  IPD does not charge a fee for the inspection service.

Further details relating to vehicle titles and VIN inspections may be found at the Indiana State government web site