I heard that you can send your body and motor numbers in to someplace in Germany to verify your bug.  I was told that they will send you a certificate listing the original color, location purchased etc...  Does anyone know anything about this?

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I got one for my Super Beetle. Here's the info on how to get one for yours.

(Courtesy of the Northwest VW Club)

The Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen can give you the manufacturing information for your Volkswagen. To get a copy of this "Birth Certificate," send the Museum your VIN number and a request a birth certificate. Since January 1, 2002, with the European conversion to the Euro, the fee is now 15.00 EURO or $15.00 U.S.

Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen
Brieffach 1003
Frau Neefe
Dieselstrasse 35
D-38436 Wolfsburg


Stiftung AutoMuseum Volkswagen accepts check, cash, or credit card. With a credit card send card holder name, card number, type of card, and the expiration date. With a credit card you will get charged whatever the exchange rate happens to be the day they process it. Contact by e-mail is reportedly the fastest way to obtain a Birth Certificate. Be sure to include all the necessary Credit Card information in the e-mail.

You will receive a nice document from the Siftung AutoMuseum that is
suitable for framing with the following info on it.

Customer Name
Vehicle Ident. Nr.
Engine Number
Date it was built
Date it left the factory
Country of Destination
Date Certificate is issued
Plus any addition info they may have such as wheel rim color, upholstery material, M codes, etc.

It will be signed by Dr. Wiersch and Chr. Neefe

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