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Caterpillar Forklift Serial Number Lookup: Where Do I Find It?

Note: This page is for Caterpillar and Mitsubishi forklifts only. To find a serial number for a forklift of a different brand, click here for our other guides.The most direct way to find your Caterpillar forklift’s serial number is to check the forklift’s nameplate (also called a data tag). This helpful little label includes lots of various details about your lift–its model, its weight, its lifting capacity, and more. Most importantly, the nameplate also displays the forklift’s serial number. On a Caterpillar forklift, the nameplate looks like the image to the left and is often found near the dashboard, like in the image to the right:

Caterpillar forklift serial number lookup
Caterpillar forklift serial number location

Caterpillar is also associated with the Mitsubishi brand, so if you have a Mitsubishi forklift, the nameplate may look something like this:

Caterpillar forklift's serial number

Checking the nameplate is the quickest and easiest method of discerning the serial number of your forklift. But what if the nameplate wears down or has fallen off? You’re not out of luck just yet. Sometimes, a Caterpillar forklift’s serial number can be found physically stamped on its frame. Below is a list of different models of Caterpillar forklifts and some diagrams showing where their serial numbers can be found.

Models and serial numbers

In general, a Caterpillar forklift’s serial number is stamped on the chassis frame above the right-hand front wheel. For certain models that are represented by diagrams, see the highlighted portions of the figures below.

Caterpillar forklift's serial number
Figure 1

Caterpillar forklift's serial number
Figure 2

For models GP40K, GP40KL, GP45K, GP50K, DP40K, DP40KL, DP45K, and DP50K, see Fig. 1.

For models P30001, P35001, PC40001, P40001, P50001, P55001, P60001, P65001, and P70001, see Fig. 2.

Note: This list is a work in progress. Check back later for more Caterpillar/Mitsubishi models!

For your convenience we also offer a Cat Forklift Parts Manual where you can search by your Caterpillar Forklift’s Model Number.

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253 thoughts on “Caterpillar Forklift Serial Number Lookup: Where Do I Find It?”

  1. Cat / Mitsubushi Serial Number AT13E30479 can you tell me the year,please?

    AK Omni
    1. 2003

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  2. I have a MITSUBISHI Model FBC25N2 SERIAL No. AFB3050149 Trying to figure out the year so I can sell it. Any insight would be great! Thx – Aaron

    Aaron Aviles
    1. 2013/2014

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  3. 12X02386
    Caterpillar TC30

    Scott Harness
    1. 1980

      Intella Parts Company, LLC
  4. I have a caterpillar 70? 5k2274lp a few letters are badly faded is this enough to find parts if so where can i go to find parts for old forklifts.

    john dean
    1. Can you check again, those numbers don’t make sense

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  5. I recently purchased a Mitsubishi FGC30 Serial number on plate says F83-00258 Engine stamp 4G54 FT9264. What is model year of forklift? Is this serial number and engine number sufficient for ordering part?

    rick massie
    1. 1985. Yes what you have is plenty info for ordering parts, please email us at [email protected] and we’ll take it from there

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  6. Could you help me with a year? Caterpillar model gc15k and serial number at81c00509

    Patrick Sawhill
    1. 1999

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  7. Can you help me with the year of a Mitsubishi FG25N forklift … SN AF17D04132

    A. Boston
    1. 2008

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  8. Could you help find my model year?
    Mitsubishi FGC18

    1. 1998


    Tyler Lewis
    1. AT9042480 = 2015
      AT9032854 = 2012

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