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

If you're passionate about Louis Vuitton vintage handbags, checking the date codes is essential whenever you add a new luxury bag to your collection. If you're not yet familiar with Louis Vuitton date codes, you've come to the right place for all the information you need.

Here's a thorough date code guide with over 500 examples of what real Louis Vuitton date codes look like compiled by brand collectors and authenticators with over 10 years of experience each - and a date code list. Enjoy!


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. Many handbag enthusiasts call date codes Louis Vuitton serial numbers nonetheless.

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.


How to Read Louis Vuitton Date Codes

Looking to learn how to decipher Louis Vuitton date codes? Get up close and personal with your Louis Vuitton pieces! Find out all you need to know right here. Knowing how to read the Louis Vuitton date codes can give you more insight into the pieces in your wardrobe.

how to read louis vuitton date codes
No date code
  • Before 1980s. Louis Vuitton items made prior to 1980 have no date codes. Prior to the year 1982, Louis Vuitton occasionally used an embossed symbol to mark production dates on popular pieces, for instance, FC or SA (mostly seen on Speedy and Keepall tabs. Some of the vintage Louis Vuitton bags are made by the French Company (sometimes in a collaboration with the Saks Fifth Avenue). If such handbags don't have a date code inside, it's normal.

Want to learn more about vintage Louis Vuitton bags? Check out our articles on vintage Louis Vuitton (French company) heat stamps and vintage Louis Vuitton zippers.


  • Early 1980s. Three or four numbers with the first two numbers representing the year and last number(s) representing the month. Sometimes these can be preceded or followed by letters. E.g. "817" would indicate a manufacturing date of July, 1981.


  • Late 1980s to very early 1990s. Three or four digits preceded or followed by two letters with the first two digits representing the year, the next digit(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 were positioned before the three or four numbers representing the manufacturing date.


  • Early 1990s to 2007. 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.


  • 2007 and newer, up tp March, 2021. Louis Vuitton changed the date code system. Since 2007, date codes had a new format: 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.

No date code

  • After March, 2021. Louis Vuitton stopped using the date codes and replaced them with RFID chips in 2021. Thus, all the newer handbags do not have any date codes. They do have heat stamps though and there's a microchip inside that you can track with your phone.


    Louis Vuitton Date Codes List

    Please note that even thought this date code list has the absolute majority of manufacturing country date codes, this is not a complete list. It was collected from open sources by Louis Vuitton collectors and enthusiasts from our team.

    France A0, A1, A2, AA, AAS (Special Order), AH, AN, AR, AS, BA, BC (charms), BE, BJ, BU, DK (replaced, relined items), DR, DU, DT, CO, CT, CX, ET, FL, LA, LM, LU, LW, LY, MB, MI, ML, MM, MS, NO, RA, RI, SA, SD, SF, SK, SL, SN, SP, SR, TA, TJ, TH, TN, TR, TS, TY, VI, VM, VX
    Spain BC, BP, CA, JJ (straps, belts), LO, LB, LM, LW, GI, UB
    USA FC, FH, LA, OS, SD, FL, TX
    Italy BC, BO, CE, FH, FK, FN, FO, FP, FY, FZ, GO, MA, NZ, OB, PL, RC, RE, SA, TB, TD
    Germany LP, OL
    Switzerland DI, FA


    Where Are Louis Vuitton Date Codes Located?

    Generally, a date code in a Louis Vuitton purse is located inside the bag'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 faded and, thus, almost invisible.

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



    How to Locate a Louis Vuitton Date Code in a Speedy handbag

    To find a date code/serial number on a Speedy regardless of its size, look under the internal pocket. The date code will be displayed on one of the two of the leather tabs.

    where to find Louis Vuitton Date Code in a speedy bag



    How to Locate Louis Vuitton Date Code in a Neverfull handbag

    The date code in this popular bag is under a big fabric pocket on the right (if you're facing the pocket).

    where to find Louis Vuitton Date Code in a neverfull bag

    Note that a Neverfull in Epi leather would have its date code in another area. It's located on one of the handles (the inside part, specifically the place where it meets the top leather trim).

    where to find Louis Vuitton Date Code in a neverfull epi bag


    How to Locate Louis Vuitton Date Code in a Metis bag

    Close the purse's flap and turn over to the zipped pocket on the back. Open it and you'll find the date code if the item was produced between 2014 and 2021.

    where to find Louis Vuitton Date Code in a metis bag


    Are Louis Vuitton Date Codes Unique?

    No. Louis Vuitton date codes are basically general item's production dates. Several items can be produced on the same factory and on the same week. It's quite normal to see several items with the same date code though it doesn't happen frequently.


    Do All Louis Vuitton Bags Have a Date Code?

    Not every Louis Vuitton bag has a date code. There might be several reasons for the absence of the date code.

    For instance, vintage bags manufactured before 1981 don't have any date codes inside. In addition, the purses that are released after 2021 only have microchips inside.

    There are also more complex cases. For instance, some ultra-rare items from catwalks might be missing date codes, as reported by several collectors. Note that an item from a fashion show doesn't necessarily lack this serial number inside.

    Other bags that don't have date codes are rarely seen and are considered manufacturing defects.

    Lastly, a date code might just fade. Some vintage Louis Vuitton bags have alcantra lining. Any symbols stamped onto this type of lining might get barely visible over time.


    When Did Louis Vuitton Start Using Date Codes?

    The earliest reference we know dates back to early 1980s, namely, 1981. Date codes emerged as a response to growing counterfeiting attempts and were designed to help Louis Vuitton employees to check the purses brought for repair. Over time, date codes became known to the general public and were copied by counterfeiters, which has become the reason Louis Vuitton discontinued date codes in 2021, replacing them with RFID chips.


    When Did Louis Vuitton Stop Using the Date Codes?

    Louis Vuitton replaced the date codes with RFID chips in March of 2021. You can read more in our articles regarding Louis Vuitton microchips. Therefore, the popular French handbags have date codes from early 1980s to 2021.

    However, you need to know that even after 2021 Louis Vuitton continued using date codes on some items, such as accessories and shoes. Even some smaller bags still might have date codes.


    Is It Possible to Have a Neverfull and a Pouch with Different Date Codes?

    Yes, if you have an item comprised of several smaller items (like a Neverfull with a pouch or a Multi Pochette bag) it's normal. The reason for that is still unknown, probably the separate items are produced and brought together in different times.


    Does Louis Vuitton Put Date Codes on Receipt?

    No. The receipt has the item number that looks like a letter followed by 5 digits (e.g. 'M12345'.) The date code is not printed on the receipt.

    It's important to note though that by reading the date code you can do a legit check of the receipt. To be precise, you can compare the date when the item was manufactured against the date the item was purchased. For instance, if a bag was made on the 38th week of 2019 and the receipt says it was purchased in 2018, that would at least confirm that the receipt is not from this handbag. We've discussed this in detail in the article How can a Louis Vuitton bag with receipt be a replica.


    How to Verify That a Louis Vuitton Bag is Authentic Using Date Codes

    A lot of people believe that if a date code is legit, it means that 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. You can read more about the authentication process and factors that need to be checked in our separate article. 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 and is updated regularly even though the date codes are not used by Louis Vuitton anymore.


    Louis Vuitton Date Codes List (Made in Spain)

    Contrary to popular misconceptions regarding Louis Vuitton bags being manufactured in France only, Louis Vuitton handbags are actually being manufactured in Spain. The French brand has had a factory there for many years. Check out the Louis Vuitton date codes from handbags made in Spain.

    Factory Code Approximate years active  Description

    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.

    louis vuitton made in spain date code lb

    circa 2002-2003 Seen mostly on accessories like belts

    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 Date Codes List (Made In Germany)

    Bags made in Germany are very rare. If you see a Louis Vuitton handbag with a German code, it's either vintage or a rare limited edition. According to the recent items we've seen, it's very likely that Louis Vuitton has discontinued the German manufacturing facility.

    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 Date Codes List (Made in USA)

    The French handbag manufacturer currently has several factories in USA. It's only logical since US is a big market for Louis Vuitton and it makes much sense to manage a manufacturing facility instead of importing.

    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.
    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 Date Codes List (Made In France)

    Naturally, French date codes are the most widespread and popular. Some Louis Vuitton collectors prefer to purchase items made in France as they're considered to deliver higher quality.

    Factory code Photo examples Years active  Comment
    A1 a1 date code louis vuitton
    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 louis vuitton an date code
    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
    BC 2019-present This code is found on charms.
    BE 2019-present
    BJ louis vuitton date code bj Circa 2000 Vintage factory code, discontinued now
    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
    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
    LA 2019-present
    LU 2020-present
    LY 2020-present
    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
    ML 2020-present
    MM 2020-present
    MS louis vuitton ms date code Circa 2010-now Ongoing factory code
    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
    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
    TY 2020-present
    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 Date Codes List (Made In Italy)

    ​Italian date codes are the most sophisticated ones. They're either used on a few popular items, such as Pochette Metis, or they're used on ultra rare limited editions.

    BC louis vuitton bc date code made in italy circa 2015-2018, mosly accessories like phone cases
    CE louis vuitton ce date code made in italy
    FH 2019-present
    FK louis vuitton date code guide fk date code 2020-2021
    FX fx date code vuitton
    FO louis vuitton date code fo made in italy
    FY louis vuitton date code guide FY date code
    FZ louis vuitton date code guide fz date code 2020-2021
    GO louis vuitton date code
    Mostly shoes
    louis vuitton date code guide ma date code MA0164 MA0212 made in italy
    louis vuitton date code 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
    TB 2019-present
    TD louis vuitton date code guide td made in italy

    Shoes only


    We have reviewed all the known Louis Vuitton date codes and have answered the most burning questions regarding this topic. By now, hoepfully you know everything about date codes. However, if you still have a question, we're excited to help! Message us below.


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    • Posted by Nancy on

      I have a Louis Vuitton Monogram Alma PM Handbag with the date code SR1021 I don’t have the certificate for authentication and would like to get one in order to sell my Handbag. I also have a Louis Vuitton Cherry Blossom but are not sure if that one is fake. If someone could reach out to me I’d greatly appreciate it. Thank you. Sincerely Nancy

    • Posted by Mary Z on

      Hi, Hope all is well, have a L.V cosmetic bag could you verify for me please if this code is real TH1010 . Much regards Mary.

    • Posted by Mar S on

      I have a bag I’m having a difficult time authenticating. If it’s fake I don’t want to carry, resell or even donate it. It will be destroyed if it’s fake! JN 92643 cherry blossom

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