Analysis of the polymorphic sequences in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) has been widely applied to forensic tests and anthropology studies. However, these polymorphic data in human have thus far been derived from the displacement-loop and intergenic regions only. Here, we report the identification of clustered polymorphic sites in the mitochondria coding region encompassing position 8389-8865. The DNA sequences of 119 unrelated Chinese were determined by PCR amplification and direct sequencing. The results showed that heteroplasmy was found in five individuals, 39 sites were noted in this 477 bp region, and 41 haplotypes were identified. The probability of identity and allelic diversity were estimated as 0.1265 and 0.8809, respectively. The results suggest that sequence polymorphism from position 8389-8865 in human mtDNA can be used as a marker for identity investigation.