Where do I find my Caterpillar forklift’s serial number?

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's serial number
Caterpillar forklift's serial number

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.

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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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187 thoughts on “Where do I find my Caterpillar forklift’s serial number?”

  1. 979420-01 below that is 06-002-0 model #?

    1. Hi Kirby,
      Unfortunately, we don’t recognize any of these numbers.

    2. Would you please give me the chassis serial numbers for my an old caterpillar forklift. I have only the Diesel engine number. JG70020U56
      Thanks for your help.

      1. Sorry we need the serial number of the actual forklift the engine doesn’t help

  2. Trying to identify the engine and transmission on my T80D Caterpillar forklift. The id plate appears to be missing.

    1. Hi Dax, . Unfortunately, we don’t have any engine or transmission model information for this Caterpillar.

  3. Looking to find out the year engine , mast height at rest model V250 serial no 725V00594. .??

    Malcolm longbottom
    1. Sorry, no information for that model and serial number.
      Please double check to see if the serial number is correct.

  4. How to decode a Mitsubishi Model # FGC15 Serial # AF81B51337

    1. 3000 pound capacity cushion electric 1996

  5. I have a cat forklift with 89M2260 stamped just above the right front tire. can it be used to tell any information? year model size so on?
    Thanks Randy Freeman

    randy freeman
    1. 1978 or 1979. V55 or V60. It’s either a 5500 or 6000 pound capacity lift with pneumatic tires.