A Complete Guide to Louis Vuitton Date Codes (500 Photo Examples)

Louis Vuitton Date Code is a combination of numbers and characters that allows you to identify where and when a particular Louis Vuitton item was made. Unlike Chanel bag code, for instance, this number is not unique (cause there can be multiple items manufactured on the same date) and cannot be considered a serial number.
Checking date codes is just one of the authentication steps, still a very important one.
If you want to check if your Louis Vuitton purse date code is real, use our LV date code checker.

 

What Does a Louis Vuitton Date Code Mean?

Louis Vuitton Date Code is a combination of numbers and characters that allows you to identify where and when the item was made. Unlike Chanel bag serial number, for instance, LV date code is not unique and cannot be considered a serial number.
Most date codes are a combination of letters and numbers. The letters indicated the country in which the item was made while the numbers indicate the month/year of production. According to the format of the date code, you can find out how old is your item:
 
No date code
  • Before 1980s. Louis Vuitton items made prior to 1980 have no date codes. Some of the vintage bags are made by the French Comp

818
  • Early 1980s. Three or four numbers with the first two numbers representing the year and last number(s) representing the month. E.g. "818" would indicate a manufacturing date of August, 1981.

 

8511VX

  • Early to late 1980s. Three or four numbers followed by two letters with the first two numbers representing the year, the next number(s) representing the month and the last two letters representing the country (see right sidebar for factory location codes). E.g. "8511VX" would indicate a manufacturing date of November, 1985 and factory location in France. Late in the 1980s, the letters representing the factory location came before the three or four numbers representing the manufacturing date.

 

VI1025

  • 1990 to 2006. Two letters followed by four numbers with the first two letters representing the factory location, the first and third numbers representing the month and the second and forth numbers representing the year. For example, “VI1025” would indicate a factory location in France and a manufacturing date of December, 2005.

 

FO3057

  • 2007 and newer. Two letters followed by four numbers with the first two letters representing the factory location, the first and third numbers representing the week of the year, and the second and fourth numbers representing the year. For example, “FO3057” would indicate a factory location of Italy and a manufacturing date of the 35 week (or May) of 2007.

    Louis Vuitton Manufacturing Country Codes

    Note this is not a complete list. It's collected from open sources by Louis Vuitton enthusiasts from our team.

    France A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (Special Order), AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BJ, BU, DR, DU, DT, CO, CT, CX, ET, FL, LW, MB, MI, MS, NO, RA, RI, SD, SF, SL, SN, SP, SR, TJ, TH, TN, TR, TS, VI, VX
    Spain BC, CA, LO, LB, LM, LW, GI, UB
    USA FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL, TX
    Italy BC, BO, CE, FO, MA, NZ, OB, RC, RE, SA, TD
    Germany LP, OL
    Switzerland DI, FA

     

    Where Are Louis Vuitton Date Codes Located?

    Generally, a date code is located inside the handbag's pocket near the sews.

    To find your item's date code, first examine the inside pockets. In 80% of the bags, you'll find your date code either printed on a small leather tag inside the pocket or just stamped onto the lining. Look carefully especially if your item has alcantra lining as the date code may be very faded and almost invisible.

    Here's where the most popular bag's date codes are located:

    Speedy: Under the internal pocket on one of the two the leather tabs

    where is louis vuitton speedy date code is located

     

     

    Neverfull: Under the pocket on the right (if you're facing the pocket)

    where is date code located louis vuitton neverfull

    Neverfull Epi: on the handle (the place where it meets the top leather trim

    where is louis vuitton neverfull date code located

     

     

    Are Louis Vuitton Date Codes Unique?

    No. Several items can be produced on the same factory and on the same week. It's quite normal to see an item with the same date code though it doesn't happen frequently.

     

    Does Louis Vuitton Put Date Codes on Receipt?

    No. The receipt has the item number that looks like M12345. The date code is not printed on the receipt.

    However, by reading the date code you can do a legit check of the receipt by checking if the item was purchased after it was manufactured.

     

    How to Verify That Louis Vuitton is Authentic Using Date Codes

    A lot of people believe that if a date code is legit, the item is authentic. Unfortunately, it's not true. Counterfeiters learned to copy the date code logic so a date code on a fake can be fully legit.

    How can you check authenticity? You need to take into account multiple factors and you can learn how to authenticate in our Louis Vuitton authentication course. When it comes to date codes, you need to take into account not only the fact that the date code is legit but also the date code font, font color, its location and other details.

    Here are some popular fonts for each of the date codes. Please be aware that the list is not full.

     

     Louis Vuitton Date Codes (Made in Spain)

    Factory Code Approximate years active  Description
    CA

    louis vuitton made in spain date code ca

    1997-2019  CA also looks as CR. Used on a variety of items, including bags, accessories and on limited edition items too.

    louis vuitton made in spain date code gi

    2012-2019 Kusama items, Artsy MM, Ikat  items, Giant Monogram items.
    LB

    louis vuitton made in spain date code lb

    circa 2002-2003 Seen mostly on accessories like belts
    LM

    louis vuitton made in spain date code lm

    Circa 2001-2006 Vintage factory code. Seen on bags, monogram hobos, vernis bags etc.
    LW louis vuitton made in spain date code lw Circa 1999-2000 Vintage factory code, not valid at the moment
    UB louis vuitton ub date code made in spain 2016-now One of the most recent date codes.

     

     

    Louis Vuitton Made In Germany Date Codes

    LP louis vuitton date code lp  
    OL louis vuitton date code ol Circa 2010-2011 This Germany factory code is quite rare and it's been mostly seen on limited edition items.

     

    Louis Vuitton Made in USA Date Codes

    FC  
    FH louis vuitton made in usa fh date code 1992-1995 Vintage factory code, currently discontinued
    LA Circa 2000-2001 Vintage factory code, currently discontinued.
    OS
    SD louis vuitton sd date code

    Until 1995 France)

    1995-now (USA)

    SD date code is valid for a French factory until 1995. From 1995 SD date code was used as a factory code for USA factory.
    FL louis vuitton made in usa date code fl 1987-now One of the most popular French factory codes.
    TX louis vuitton date code tx made in usa 2017-now The newest factory opened in the USA in Texas has the TX factory code. Can only be seen on bags from 2017

     

     

    Louis Vuitton Made in France Date Codes

    Factory code Photo examples Years active  Comment
    A0
    A1
    A2 a2 date code Circa 1988-1994 Vintage factory code, discontinued
    AA louis vuitton aa date code Circa 2000-now French factory, ongoing date code
    AAS louis vuitton aas date code
    AH louis vuitton ah date code made in france
    AN
    AR louis vuitton date codes ar
    AS louis vuitton date code as Circa 1997-2013 This code can still be found on the newer bags.
    BA louis vuitton date code ba made in france Circa 1995-2007 Vintage factory code, discontinued now
    BJ louis vuitton date code bj Circa 2000 Vintage factory code, discontinued now
    BU
    DR louis vutton dr date code CIrca 2011-now Newer factory code, can be found on Pochette Metis and other popular bags
    DU louis vuitton du date code Circa 2007-now A long-time French factory code
    DT
    CO louis vuitton co date code Rare vintage date code
    CT louis vuitton ct date code Circa 2004-now Ongoing factory code, seen on Speedy, accessories.
    CX louis vuitton cx date code Circa 2011-now Modern factory code seen mostly on accessories (bag charms)
    ET louis vuitton et date code Vintage factory code used in the 1980s
    FL
    MB louis vuitton mb date code Circa 1999-now Long-time French factory, ongoing code
    MI louis vuitton mi made in france date code Circa 1991-now Long-time French factory, ongoing code
    MS louis vuitton ms date code Circa 2010-now Ongoing factory code
    NO
    RA louis vuitton ra date code made in france Circa 1997-now Mostly seen on accessories
    RI louis vuitton ri date code Circa 2005-now Rare factory code, not seen too much
    SD
    SF louis vuitton date code sf Circa 2016-now Newer date code, often used for pochettes
    SL louis vuitton sl date code Circa 1991-2004 Vintage factory code, discontinued now
    SN louis vuitton date code sn CIrca 2004-now Long-time French factory. Can often be een on high-quality fakes.
    SP louis vuitton sp date code 1984-now The most popular factory code for France, old factory
    SR louis vuitton sr date code Circa 2000-2013 Used for monogram and limited edition items. May also be valid currently.
    TJ tj date code louis vuitton Circa 2010-now This factory code is still ongoing
    TH louis vuitton th date code made in france Circa 2001-2009 Vintage factory code used in the 2000s
    TR louis vuitton made in france tr date code Circa 2010-2017 The factory code can still be valid now
    TS louis vuitton ts date code Circa 2015-now Factory code used on newer items
    VI louis vuitton vi date code 1984-2011 This factory closed down in 2011. Fakes often use this factory code with newer items.
    VX louis vuitton vx date code Circa 1984-1999 Vintage French factory code

     

    Louis Vuitton Made In Italy Date Codes

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    BC
    BO
    CE louis vuitton ce date code made in italy
    FO louis vuitton date code fo made in italy
    MA
    NZ
    OB louis vuitton ob italy date code Circa 2010-2015 Mostly used for accessories (bag charms)
    RC louis vuitton rc date code made in italy Circa 2005-2013 A modern factory code, can still be in production
    RE louis vuitton date code re made in italy
    SA louis vuitton date code sa italy

     

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