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WMI (Word Manufacturer Identifier Code)


WMI code is the first three characters uniquely identify the manufacturer of the vehicle. The WMI code assigned to a manufacturer will be used at least 30 years. A manufacturer that builds fewer than 500 vehicles per year uses a 9 as the third digit and the 12th, 13th and 14th position of the VIN for a second part of the identification. Some manufacturers use the third character as a code for a vehicle category (e.g., bus or truck), a division within a manufacturer, or both. WMI code is meant for the trace ability of the vehicles manufacturer/assembler.

Documents standards related to this WMI code as follows :-

  1. MS ISO 3780:1999- Road Vehicles - World Manufacturer Identifier (WMI Code)
  2. MS ISO 3779:1999- Road Vehicles - Vehicles Identification Number (VIN) - Content and Structure.

Form :

Copies of MS ISO 3780:1999 and MS ISO 3779 are available at the Department of Standards Malaysia (STANDARDS MALAYSIA) library for reference and can be bought at SIRIM Berhad Library. They can also be purchased online on STANDARDS MALAYSIA website (Standards Malaysia - MS Online)

Application forms is available upon request from STANDARDS MALAYSIA. They can also be download through STANDARDS MALAYSIA website (Standards Malaysia). Photocopies of these forms are acceptable.

The WMI code is assigned by the Registration Authority appointed by ISO which is Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) in USA. Therefore to having specific series of VIN is out of STANDARDS MALAYSIA jurisdiction.

Your company shall complete the application form and submit the following documents to the STANDARDS MALAYSIA: -

Please be informed that you have right to choose the available WMI code you like.

1st Digit - P

2nd Digit - L or M or N or P or R

3rd Digit - A to Z except O, Q, no 1 to 8 and I. No 9 is only for production less than 500 per year.

You can propose several codes and dependent on availability.

Kindly, please submit the complete forms to: -

Department of Standards Malaysia
Century Square, Level 2,
Block 2300, Jln Usahawan
63000 Cyberjaya, SELANGOR
Attn: Director of Standards

STANDARDS MALAYSIA will inform officially the WMI assigned to your organisation.

  1. How can I obtain copies of standards?
  2. How can I obtain application form?
  3. Who is actually assigning the WMI code?
  4. How to apply for the WMI?
    1. A copy of Manufacturing Licence (Assembler Contract)
    2. A copy of Type Approval
    3. A copy of Product Catalogue and Specification
    4. Appendix A
    5. Borang 9, Borang 24 and Borang 49
  5. Getting the WMI