The European Certificate of Conformity

The European Certificate of Conformity COC (Certificate of Conformity) is an essential document to register a vehicle purchased in France in the European Union countries.
Directive 92/53/EEC harmonizing Community was proposed in 1992 to facilitate the resale of used vehicles in the European Community.
It states that from 1 January 1996, the approval certificate (license) in a member state of a passenger vehicle is deemed to certify compliance in all other states of the community in case of resale.
The European Certificate of Conformity COC (Certificate of Conformity) is a standardized document adminsitrative global that is established by manufacturers, and shows the characteristics of a motor vehicle and general compliance with the standards of the country in which it was made .
Called "European certificate of conformity" in the European Economic Area, it was in 1993, was made compulsory from year 96 and ensures compliance with European regulations for safety and pollution.
The COC is required (Directive 70/156/EEC) to register a new or used vehicle imported from a country of the European Union. It will in the case of a vehicle EEC quick identification by the prefecture by the procedure called "receiving community".
The registration will be issued upon presentation of the COC and other regulatory documents in force. This directive applies only to passenger vehicles of type M1 (transport maximum of eight people seated + driver).
The rule of "EEC type-approval" or "receiving community" is effective in France for passenger cars in circulation in 1996 in Europe.


The serial number of chassis or VIN:

The number of chassis / V.I.N. (Vehicle Identification Number) is a code of 17 alphanumeric characters used by the constructors to mark a unique way each of their vehicles. Before 1 June 2004, the last 8 digits of chassis number / VIN were reproduced on the registration under "number in the type series."
Since it appears in its entirety in the area (E) renamed "vehicle identification number" registration certificates in accordance with the European model.
This code is struck to the punch on the engine and chassis shown on a plate riveted in the engine compartment or on a sticker near the passenger door and place a dozen more or less kept secret or inaccessible.
Since 1986, the standard has been more or less fixed as indicated below:

* 3 characters: Information about the manufacturer (International Code);
* 6 characters: description of the vehicle model, chassis, body ...
* 10th character: years;
* 11th character factory or assembly line;
* Last 6 characters: serial number

Code chassis number / VIN is a proprietary marks its meaning is not completely standardized, but querying the database of the manufacturer allows accurate identification.