To find Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) information for 1976 and newer model year mobile homes, look for a HUD ‘Data Plate” inside the home. The data plate is a standard size sheet of paper that includes the following data:
The HUD Data plate is usually located in one of the following places:
At this time, VIN standards varied throughout the US. Because of this, Washington state used the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) VIN standard. You may be able to locate this ANSI number, which we can use as a VIN, by checking the following locations:
Serial numbers and VIN plates are metal tags that are typically riveted to mobile homes in places such as the following:
You may contact the or to see if the VIN is included on your tax record. It typically would appear at the end of your legal description, notated with ‘S#’ for serial number.
HUD Certification Label
Certification labels are located on the home approximately one foot up from the floor and one foot in from the right side of the end wall opposite the hitch. The label contains the following:
If you find a Certification Label that does not have a VIN, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) may be able to find one on file with the embossed number. HUD may also have data plate information, which may contain the VIN.
Contact information for HUD’s Office of Manufactured Housing
Labor and Industries (L&I) Tag
The L&I tag is an aluminum tag on the end wall opposite the hitch (or on older units may be next to the front or back door), and includes an insignia number with the prefix “MH.” If you find this number, you can contact Labor and Industries to find our if there is any VIN information in their records.
Contact Information for L&I