The concept of microdot technology as an additional vehicle identifier which enables whole of vehicle marking (WOVM) rests on the following important factors:
- The main function of microdots is securing the identity of the vehicle through marking the vehicle, and its parts, in multiple places with a unique identification number that will make it easier to identify recovered vehicles where the primary and secondary identifiers have been removed.
- The strength of microdots as an identification tool is in the number of dots (approximately 8 000) and the fact that dots are applied in overt and covert places
- Microdots are mainly used as a forensic tool by police services to give an indication of the identity of the vehicle.
- The investigation process followed by the police when using microdots to determine the identity of a vehicle or part does not differ from the process followed when using the current VIN, Engine number or covert markings.
- A motor vehicle and its parts can be marked with microdots indicating a different unique identification number other than the VIN number (i.e. can be microdotted more than once).
- Microdots do not replace the need for other security measurers (e.g. vehicle tracking, locks, alarm systems and immobiliser systems).