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Uniden Scanner Serial Numbers

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Uniden has a 3-digit code used for each of its scanner models since at least 1999, starting with 296 for the BC80XLT-1. This was also part of the FCC ID (Search at https://www.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid) for scanners made by Uniden, using the Grantee Code of "AMW" and the Product Code of UBxxx" where the 3 digit number series indicated is used (no "Z")

Starting with the BC785D about 2001 that 3-digit code was generally used as part of the product's serial number as well, usually followed by the letter Z, codes for the year and location of manufacture and the sequential number. Exceptions are noted in the list below.

Uniden also manufactured many scanner models for Radio Shack and they also used the same model code system but they used Radio Shack's serial number protocol. These are listed here as well.

Since the introduction of the BC250D scanner Uniden has used a standardized 12-digit serial number protocol as follows:

383Z88123456

It is known that the BC780XLT did not use this serial number protocol so it was likely instituted about 2001 with the follow up BC785D and BC250D which did.

The first three characters (in our example "383" indicate the model number, in this example an SDS100.

The fourth character seems to usually be a "Z" for scanners, it is possible that this is indicative of the scanner product line. Some scanners use the letter "A", such as the SR30C, this could be for an improved version of an earlier radio. (The SR30C is basically a BC75XLT with more channels.)

The fifth character is the year code, in our example is an "8" so that would indicate a 2018 manufacture date. Depending on the scanner model this could also indicate 2008.

The sixth character is the factory code. These are the known codes used:

  • 2 Beta/Engineering
  • 4 China
  • 6 Philippines
  • 8 Vietnam

Characters 7 thru 12 comprise the sequential serial number of the product. In our example the serial number would represent the 123,456th radio of that model type manufactured, assuming that the numbers were applied in the order in which the radio was manufactured. Serial numbers restart from 000001 at the start of the production year (which may or may not correspond with the calendar year switch).

Missing number series could be used for other product lines like CB and 2-way radios or perhaps internally for projects that may not have made it to a product release.

This is not to be confused with the Electronic Serial Number ("ESN") used on certain Uniden scanners for mode upgrades like DMR, NXDN and ProVoice. This number is similar to the physical serial number but is all numeric (no letters) and 14 characters. For example an SDS200 ESN would be 384260xxxxxxxx. A 3-character alphanumeric "SUM" code follows the ESN with a dash, eg: 384260xxxxxxxx-1A3. The SUM code is used as a check-digit to verify the ESN. HomePatrol units have a dash in the ESN between characters 5 and 6.

The ESN is found by pressing Menu>Settings>See Scanner Information>Firmware Version on most scanners, on HomePatrol units it is obtained by pressing Menu>Advanced Menu>Version Information.

Product Code Model Nr Year Introduced Notes
247 UBC3000XLT 1994 Australian 400 channel scanner
296 BC80XLT-1 1999
297 BC350A 1999
298 BC244CLT 1999
299 BC248CLT 1999
300 BC120XLT 1999
303 SC200 2000
304 BC278CLT 1999
305 BC780XLT 2000
310 ScanOcular 2000
315 BC250D 2001
316 BC785D 2003
317 BC350C 2004
318 BCT8 2004
319 BC296D 2003
320 BC796D 2003
322 BC898T 2004
323 BC72XLT 2004 China Made
323 BC95XLTB 2006
326 BC246T 2004
327 Pro-83 2004 Private Label for Radio Shack, similar to the BC92XLT
328 BCD396T 2005
330 BR330T 2005
331 Pro-2051 2004 Private Label for Radio Shack, similar to the BCT8
335 BCD996T 2006
336 BCT15 2006
337 BC340CRS 2006
338 BC370CRS 2006
344 Pro-528 2006 Private Label for Radio Shack
345 Pro-433 2006 Private Label for Radio Shack
347 UBC3500XLT 2006 European version of the BR330T
348 BC95XLTB 2006 SN is 323Z, Product ID is 348
350 Pro-162 2007 Private Label for Radio Shack
351 Pro-160 2007 Private Label for Radio Shack
352 Pro-137 2007 Private Label for Radio Shack
353 Pro-135 2008 Private Label for Radio Shack
354 Pro-136 2008 Private Label for Radio Shack
356 UBC800XLT 2007 European version of the BCT15
358 BC346XT 2009
359 BCD396XT 2009 SN is 328Z, Product ID is 359
360 BCD996XT 2009
361 BCT15X 2009
362 BC355C 2010
363 HomePatrol-1 2010
365 BC72XLT 2011 Vietnam Made
367 BC355N 2011 Vietnam Made
370 BC125AT 2012
371 BC345CRS, BC365CRS 2012
372 BC75XLT, SR30C 2013 SN Series 385 is the SR30C
375 BCD536HP 2014
376 BCD436HP 2014
377 HomePatrol-2 2014
378 BCD996P2 2015
379 BCD325P2 2015
380 UBC125XLT 2013 Custom Manufactured in Vietnam
383 SDS100 2018
384 SDS200 2019
385 SR30C 2019 Radio ID is 372, SN is 385Z
705 BC-RH96 2007 Remote head accessory for certain Uniden scanners
780 UBC75XLT 2013 Custom Manufactured in Vietnam


The following domestic and international models were also built during the 2001 to current time frame and likely carry a serial number in this protocol. Please edit them into the list as information is found:

  • UBC30XLT
  • SC230