Vehicle Identification Numbers (VIN codes)/Honda/VIN Codes

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Honda uses the following VIN formats and codes. Honda has slightly varied the usage of some positions within the VIN over the years. Consult the individual sections below for more information.

General Template for Honda's VIN format[edit]

Position Sample Description
1 1 Nation of Origin
2 H Manufacturer
3 L Vehicle type
4 Q Models
5 U
6 1
7 5 Body type and transmission
8 2 Grade
9 0 Check digit
10 K Model year
11 A Assembly plant
12 1 Production sequence number
13 8
14 6
15 3
16 9
17 2

Nation of Origin[edit]

VIN code Description
1 USA
2 Canada
3 Mexico
4 USA
5 USA
6 Australia
7 New Zealand
8&9 South America
A through H Africa
J Japan
K Korea, Israel, Sri Lanka
S England
V France
W&S Germany
Z Italy

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Manufacturer[edit]

VIN code Description
H Honda

Vehicle type[edit]

VIN code Description
M Passenger car, built in Japan
G Passenger car, built in USA/Canada
L Multi purpose passenger vehicle

Models[edit]

This portion of the VIN contains the most significant differences over the years. The following section details the formatting changes within different model year range, breaking out the additional meaning of positions 4 - 6.

1983 - 1986[edit]

VIN template for model section[edit]
Position Sample Description
4 A Body type 1983 or Body type 1984-1986
5 H
6 5 Transmission code 1983-1986
Body type 1983[edit]
VIN code Description
SR Sedan
WR Wagon
Body type 1984-1986[edit]
VIN code Description
AB Prelude
AD Accord
AE Civic 1300cc CRX
AF Civic 1500cc CRX
AG Civic 1300cc 3 door
AH Civic 1500cc 3 door
AK Civic 1500cc 4 door
AN Civic wagon
AR Civic wagon 4x4
BA Accord
AM Accord 1500cc 5 door
Transmission code 1983-1986[edit]
VIN code Description
2 Semi-Hondamatic
3 3 speed automatic
4 4 speed manual
5 5 speed manual
6 5 speed manual super-low gear
7 4 speed automatic

1987 - 1989[edit]

VIN template for model section[edit]
Position Sample Description
4 C Model 1987-1989
5 A
6 5
Model 1987-1989[edit]
VIN Code Description
BA3 Prelude A20 Engine
BA4 Prelude B20 Engine
BA6 Prelude A18 Engine
CA5 Accord
CA6 Accord coupe
EC1 Civic CRX
EC2 Civic 1300
EC3 Civic 1500
EC4 Civic 4 Door Sedan
EC5 Civic Wagon
EC6 Civic Wagon 4X4
ED3 Civic Sedan 1.5L (1988)
ED6 Civic Hatchback 1.5L (1988)
ED7 Civic Hatchback 1.6L (1988)
ED8 Civic CRX 1.5L (1988)
ED9 Civic CRX 1.6L (1988)
EE2 Civic Wagon 1.5L (1988)
EE4 Civic Wagon 1.6L (1988)
EY1 Civic Wagovan
EY3 Civic Wagovan 1.5L

1990-1998[edit]

VIN template for model section[edit]
Position Sample Description
4 C Model 1990-1998
5 G
6 6
Model 1990-1999[edit]
VIN Code Description
BA4 Prelude, 2.0/2.1L
BA8 Prelude, 2.2L
BB Prelude VTEC, 2.2L
BB2 Prelude, 2.3L
BB6 Prelude 2-door
CB3 Japan Version Accord, 2.2L
CB7 Accord, 2.2L
CB9 Accord Wagon, 2.2L
CC1 Accord coupé, 2.0L
CD5 Accord 4 Door 2.2L VTEC
CD7 Accord 2 Door 2.2L
CE1 Accord Wagon 2.2L
CE6 Accord V6 4 Door 2.7L
CF8 Accord 4 Door SOHC
CF4 Accord 4 Door DOHC SiR-T
CG1 Accord 4 Door V6 VTEC
CG2 Accord 2 Door V6 VTEC
CG3 Accord 2 Door (VTEC or ULEV)
CG5 Accord 4 Door VTEC
CG6 Accord 4 Door ULEV
ED3 Civic 4 Door, 1.5L
ED4 Civic 4 Door, 1.6L
ED6 Civic 3 Door, 1.5L
ED7 Civic3 Door, 1.6L
ED8 CRX, 1.5L
ED9 CRX, 1.6L
EE2 Civic Wagon, 1.5L
EE4 Civic Wagon, 1.6L
EE8 CR-X 1.6L VTEC
EE9 Civic 1.6L VTEC
EG1 Civic del Sol, 1.5L
EG2 Civic del Sol VTEC 1.6L
EG6 Civic 3 door hatchback 1.6L
EG8 Civic 4 Door, 1.5L
EH2 Civic 3 Door, 1.5L
EH3 Civic 3 Door, 1.6L
EH6 Civic del Sol, 1.6L
EH9 Civic 4 Door, 1.6L
EJ1 Civic2 Door, 1.6L
EJ2 Civic2 Door, 1.5L
EJ6 Civic 2/3/4 Door 1.6L
EJ7 Civic 2 Door 1.6L
EJ8 Civic 2/3 Door 1.6L
EJ9 Civic 3 Door 1.4L
EL1 Orthia 1.8L 5 Door Wagon
EL2 Orthia 2.0L 5 Door Wagon
EL3 Orthia 2.0L 5 Door Wagon 4WD
RA1 Odyssey
RA3 Odyssey 5 Door Wagon (1998)
RD1 CR-V 5-door (4 Wheel drive)
RD2 CR-V 5-door (2 Wheel drive)

Body type and transmission[edit]

For 1983-1986 model years, this section only denotes the body type. For the remaining years, it indicates both body type and transmission.

1983-1986[edit]

VIN Code Description
2 2 door
3 3 door
4 4 door
5 5 door

1987-1989[edit]

VIN Code Description
1 2 Door Sedan, Manual
2 2 Door Sedan, Automatic
3 2 Door Hatchback, Manual
4 2 Door Hatchback, Auto
5 4 Door Sedan, Manual
6 4 Door Sedan, Automatic
7 4 Door Wagon, Manual
8 4 Door Wagon, Automatic


VIN Code Description
1 2 Door Coupe, Manual
2 2 Door Coupe, Automatic
3 3 Door Hatchback, Manual
4 3 Door Hatchback, Automatic
5 4 Door Sedan, Manual
6 4 Door Sedan, Automatic
7 5 Door Wagdsdson, Manual
8dsds 5 Door Wagon, Automatic

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Grade[edit]

1983-1987[edit]

VIN Code Description
1 Basic, HF
2 Standard, DX
3 GL, GLS, LX
4 LXi, Si
5 Special
6 Accord Hatchback
7 Accord Hatchback & LXi
8 Accord Hatchback & LXi ("passive") seat belt

1988-1989[edit]

VIN Code Description
2 DX Accord Manual seat belt
2 S Prelude Automatic ("passive") seat belt
3 LX Accord Manual seat belt
3 Si Prelude Automatic ("passive") seat belt
4 LXi Accord Manual seat belt
4 (std) Civic Hatchback Manual seat belt
4 DX Civic Sedan Manual seat belt
4 (std) Civic Wagovan Manual seat belt
4 Si Prelude w/optional 4WS Automatic ("passive") seat belt
5 DX Civic Hatchback Manual seat belt
5 LX Civic Sedan Manual seat belt
5 (std) Civic CRX Manual seat belt
5 (std) '89 Civic CRX Automatic ("passive") seat belt
5 (std) Civic Wagon Manual seat belt
5 SEi Accord Manual seat belt
6 DX Accord Automatic ("passive") seat belt
6 HF Civic CRX Manual seat belt
6 Si Civic CRX Manual seat belt
6 Si Civic CRX Automatic ("passive") seat belt
6 Si Civic Hatchback Manual seat belt
6 RTi Civic Wagon 4WD Manual seat belt
8 LXi Accord Automatic ("passive") seat belt

1990-1993[edit]

VIN Code Description
1 2.0S Prelude
2 2.0S Prelude
3 2.1S Prelude
4 2.1 Si Prelude w/4WS
4 DX Accord
4 (Std) Civic 3 Door
4 CX Civic 3 Door (1992)
4 DX Civic
4 S Prelude (92-93)
4 S Civic del Sol (1993)
5 2.3Si Prelude
5 LX Civic
5 CX Civic (1993)
5 DX Civic 3 Door
5 DX Civic Wagon (2WD)
5 LX Accord
6 DX Civic 3 Door (93)
6 DC Accord
6 EX Civic 4 Door
5 EX Civic 2 Door (93)
6 Si Civic 3 Door
6 Si Prelude wl4WS (92-93)
6 Si Civic del Sol (93)
6 HF CRX
6 Si CRX
6 ATi Civic Wagon (4WD)
6 VX Civic 3 Door (1992)
7 EX Accord (92-93)
7 VX Civic (1993)
7 VTEC Prelude(1993)
8 SE Accord
8 Si Civic 3 Door (92-93)
9 EX Civic 4 Door (92-93)
9 10th Anniversary Accord

1994-1999[edit]

VIN Code Description
0 Accord SE 2/4 Door
0 Civic LX
1 Accord DX w/ABS 2/4-door
2 Accord DX 2/4-door
2 Civic CX 3-door
2 Civic DX 2-door
2 Civic EX 2-door
2 Civic HX
2 Civic CVT
2 Accord Wagon LX
3 Civic CX w/AC 3-door
3 Civic DX w/AC 4-door
3 Civic EX w/ABS 2-door
3 Civic LX
3 Accord LX 2/4-door
3 Accord Wagon LX w/ABS
3 Accord w/ABS V6
4 Civic DX 4-door
4 Civic EX 2/4 Door
4 CR-V w/o ABS
4 Accord DX 4-Door (1998)
4 Accord LX w/ABS 2/4-door
4 Civic Del Sol S
4 Odyssey LX 6 Passaway
4 Prelude S
4 Prelude VTEC (1997)
4 w/o SH pkg. Prelude (1998)
4 CR-V LX (1998)
5 Civic CX 3-door
5 Accord EX 2/4-door
5 Civic LX 4-door
5 Civic DX w/AC
5 Civic EX a/ABS 2-door
5 CR-V w/ABS
5 Prelude Si
5 Prelude SH (1997)
6 Civic DX 3-door
6 Accord E w/leather 2/4-door
6 Civic LX w/ABS 4-door
6 Civic Del Sol Si
6 Odyssey LX 7 Passenger
6 Prelude 4WS Si
6 CR-V EX (1998-99)
7 Odyssey EX
7 Accord EX
7 Accord EX ULEV (1998)
7 Civic LX w/AC
7 Civic Del Sol Si/wABS
7 Civic Del Sol VTEC
7 Prelude VTEC
7 Civic VX 3-door
8 Civic Si 3-door
8 Civic LX w/ABS
8 Accord DX 25th Anniv. Edition
9 Accord Wagon EX
9 Accord Value Package 4 Door
9 Civic Del Sol LX w/ABS
9 Civic Del Sol Si w/ABS
9 Civic Del Sol VTEC w/ABS
9 Civic Si w/ABS 3-door
9 Civic EX 4-door

Model year[edit]

VIN Code Description
D 1983
E 1984
F 1985
G 1986
H 1987
J 1988
K 1989
L 1990
M 1991
N 1992
P 1993
R 1994
S 1995
T 1996
V 1997
W 1998
X 1999
Y 2000
1 2001
2 2002
3 2003
4 2004
5 2005
6 2006
7 2007
8 2008
9 2009
0 2010
A 2011
B 2012
C 2013

Assembly plant[edit]

VIN Code Description
A Marysville, Ohio, USA
B Lincoln, Alabama, USA
C Sayama, Saitama, Japan
E Greensburg, Indiana, USA
G El Salto, Jalisco, Mexico
H Alliston, Ontario, Canada
L East Liberty, Ohio, USA
S Suzuka, Mia, Japan
T Utsunomiya, Tochigi, Japan
U Swindon, Wiltshire, U.K.

Production sequence number[edit]

Canadian models share same VIN as U.S. except that their sequence numbers start at 800000. It is also important to note that, in the U.S., positions 13-17 must be a number, whereas position 12 may be either a letter or a number.