What is the Procedure to Get WMI Code?

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What is the Procedure to Get WMI Code?

The first digit identifies the location of the vehicle’s final assembly or the nation of origin. The second digit specifies the manufacturer and manufacturing location. The third digit is used in conjunction with the first two to identify the manufacturing division or vehicle type. WMI is an abbreviation for World Manufacturer Identification Registration. When it comes to recognising the quality characteristics of vehicle manufacturers around the world, this method of registration adheres to international registration criteria. In India, all car manufacturers are required to fulfill this registration form. The major governing authority for this sort of certification is the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS). Let’s see, what is the process of WMI Code registration in India?

What Is The ISO Standard?

ISO stands for the International Standards Organization. An ISO standard is essentially a method of accomplishing anything that is accepted universally. It means that everyone, regardless of location, follows the same set of principles, resulting in a safer, more consistent end result. This benefits both the firm and the consumer or end user.

The VIN adheres to two ISO standards. These standards are ISO3779 and ISO3780, respectively. These criteria apply to the production of automobiles all over the world.

Is There Any Difference Between VIN And WIM?

It is critical to distinguish and identify the two types of vehicle identification numbers. VIN is sometimes referred to as the vehicle identifying number. This number is assigned to all automotive manufacturers worldwide. The VIN is nothing but a unique and recognisable serial number supplied to vehicle manufacturers around the world. VIN serial identification number currently consists of 17 numbers. This number does not include the letters Q, O, or I. Currently, the Vehicle Identification Number is equipped with two ISO standards that are, ISO 3779 and ISO 3780. WMI stands for World Manufacturer Identification in the context of WMI Code registration. It does not make up the entire VIN, but merely the first three letters.

Documents Required For WMI Code Registration

The following documentation is needed in order to obtain your WMI code:

  1. A copy of the GST certificate (Self-certified);
  2. A copy of the Certificate of Incorporation (Self-certified);
  3. Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association/ Partnership deed;
  4. A copy of Udyam Registration/ certificate issued by MSME (Self-certified);
  5. Application fees remitted;
  6. A copy of Address proof;
  7. Product category/code for which WMI code is desired;
  8. Currently used coding system details;
  9. Proposed production initiation date/month.

What Is The Procedure For WMI Code Registration?

A vehicle manufacturer must follow the following steps in order to obtain their WMI Code:

  • The first step is to submit your application with the required documents to BIS.
  • After this BIS official will verify your documents
  • A WMI Code will be proposed as per the series and entry of the same in the BIS database; along with this, it will get registered with SAE International.
  • The application will receive a confirmation letter and WMI code after registering with SAE International.
  • At last, WMI Code will be issued to the applicant.

Guidelines for Filling up The Application Form

The application must include the company’s name, address, and the location of the manufacturing unit. A photocopy of the Certificate of Incorporation, as well as the Memorandum of Association and Articles of Association/Partnership deed, if applicable, must be included. Self-attested copy of the Udyog Aadhar Memorandum (UAM) / certificate issued by the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) allowing the firm to carry out the manufacturing of automobiles and specifying the name of the product to be attached.

Payment of INR Five Thousand plus the applicable GST in favour of Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) through demand draft payable at New Delhi towards the processing charges for allotment of WMI code. The applicant is advised to furnish their GSTIN and other relevant information for issuing appropriate Receipt-cum-Tax Invoice.


VINs[1] are crucial pieces of knowledge that may provide you with all the information you require about your vehicle. Additionally, knowing your VIN can help you acquire accurate information when applying for auto insurance, researching a vehicle’s status or history before buying it, discovering its whereabouts if it has been stolen, and learning about any significant past events like maintenance records.

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