Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) OCR & data capturing

Enhance the effectiveness of your organization with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and data extraction. Extract VINs safely and quickly with Klippa. Powered by machine learning.

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What we can do with VINs

Our machine learning technology can automate many business processes requiring VINs via our APIs and SDKs.
VIN scanning and recognition
VIN extraction to text, CSV, XSLX or JSON with OCR
VIN extraction from all types of documents and images
(Cross) validating VIN data

Vehicle Identification Number scanning

An image speaks more than a thousand words. Below is an example of the three steps our OCR engine takes to automatically extract VINs from documents.

Uploading documents to the API

The first step is providing a picture or a PDF file of a document containing a VIN to our API. Usually this is done from a mobile app, email, FTP or web application.

Image to text using OCR

As soon as a picture or PDF has been received, it is converted to a TXT file. In this step all the text from the document is extracted, but it is not yet structured.

Getting JSON output from the API

The Klippa Parser takes the TXT gained from the OCR in step 2 and converts it into structured JSON using machine learning. The JSON is then returned as output from the API. The VIN on the document is now extracted. From here the field can easily be processed into your database. 

The image on the left is a simplified example of the JSON response. More fields can be extracted if required. 
Reduce cost
Spend less on extracting VINs by using Klippa.
Improve speed
Process VINs automatically within seconds. Perfect for the automotive industry.
Reduce errors
Prevent manual data entry errors with high quality data extraction of VINs.
Prevent fraud
Automatically recognize errors, duplicates and fraud.
Which documents can you scan for VINs?
Below is a list of documents for which you can use VIN scanning. This is not an exhaustive list, but depends on what the client requires.
Vehicle registration cards
Lease contracts
Pictures of the VIN on windshields
Pictures of the VIN on vehicle frames
Pictures of the VIN on door pillars
Ownership papers
Identify fraudulent documents via crosschecks
Let's talk over the phone!
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We are available for calls in English, Spanish, French, German and Dutch during office hours (CEST time zone). You can reach us at +31 50 2111631.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does VIN OCR cost?
The pricing structure for Klippa VIN capturing depends on the amount of documents. Both pay per use and monthly licenses are available. Get in contact with our product specialists to get an exact quote.
What VIN standards are supported?
There are at least four competing standards used to calculate the VIN. In general, we support all standards, including:

– FMVSS 115, Part 565, as used in the United States and Canada
– ISO 3779, as used in Europe and many other parts of the world
– SAE J853, very similar to the ISO standard
– ADR 61/2, as used in Australia, referring to ISO 3779 and 3780

In case you wonder if we support a certain VIN or have any other question, feel free to contact us.

Did you know that apart from VIN numbers, Klippa’s OCR can scan other types of data fields, such as car titles, license plates and TIN numbers
What kind of clients are using Klippa?
Klippa’s engine extracts as much data as possible from documents via OCR and machine learning. We support many different types of clients, because our engine is so versatile. VIN scanning is mostly used by clients in the automotive, insurance and rental sector.
What languages does Klippa support?
All European languages are supported. Our engine performs best on documents in English, Dutch, Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Hebrew and French. Other languages can be supported on request, we’d just need to train our machine learning models.
Is Klippa VIN capturing GDPR-compliant?
All the services that Klippa offers are fully GDPR-compliant. By default, we use ISO-certified servers within the European Union for processing. If you are not located within the EU, we can also set up servers in a region of choice. 

Next to that, a data processor agreement is in place. We do not store any of your or your customers’ data after processing.
Can Klippa convert VINs to CSV, XLSX, XML or JSON?
Yes we can. Klippa takes pictures of documents, or their PDF equivalents, and converts them to readable text using OCR. From there we use machine learning to turn the text into structured data. Most of the time we use JSON for this, but depending on your preferences we can also convert documents to CSV, XLSX or XML.
Please feel free to ask all your questions.
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