I have been looking for something like this for a while now, and somebody on stackoverflow.com had this piece of code that gets the MAC address of the default network card, and also the current IP address assigned to that network card, and then displays these 2 pieces of info in message boxes. A slight modification of this code could easily turn it into a function that returns the MAC address as the function's return value, instead of popping up message boxes. This would be very useful for designing copyprotection that is locked to hardware, by using an activation key that is tied to the computer's main network card's MAC address.

Note that even though I'm posting this code here, I'm not the one who figured it out (I don't even know exactly how it works). That credit goes to Jerome Teisseire on stackoverflow.com. I'm just posting it here for the sake of archiving it (so it will be present on more than just one website) and also helping to redistribute it to others who might come to vbforums.com looking for how to do this. More places this code is on the net, the more likely somebody who's looking to figure out how to do it will be able to find it. And the nice thing is it's only a few lines of code, not some huge thing with dozens of API calls.

Dim myWMI As Object, myObj As Object, Itm

Set myWMI = GetObject("winmgmts:\\.\root\cimv2")
Set myObj = myWMI.ExecQuery("SELECT * FROM " & _
                 "Win32_NetworkAdapterConfiguration " & _
                 "WHERE IPEnabled = True")
For Each Itm In myObj
    MsgBox (Itm.IPAddress(0))
    MsgBox (Itm.MACAddress)
    Exit For