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The Hull Identification Number (HIN) is a unique, 12-digit number assigned by the manufacturer to vessels built after 1972.

Hull Identification Numbers:

  • Distinguish one vessel from another—the same as serial numbers distinguish one car from another.
  • Are engraved in the fiberglass or on a metal plate permanently attached to the transom.

You should write down your HIN and put it in a place separate from your vessel in case warranty problems arise or your vessel is stolen.

Owners of homemade vessels must obtain a HIN from the Alaska DMV.

It is illegal to deface, alter, remove, or destroy a HIN.

Hull identification number