Yeah, you're right. I was hoping that was a sticker and there was a VIN plate somewhere else.
No way to get a pencil in there without taking off part of the dashboard.
Yes, there is an option: you can take the car to an "Auto Tag" place, and they will pretend to have a notary come out and look at the VIN on your car, but in fact they will just register the car for you for $125.00 extra.
My new plan: buy an embossing label maker, *make* an embossed VIN, and make a rubbing of that. Still $100 cheaper than going to a tag place.