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Hull Identification Number


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

Hull identification number

Hull Identification Numbers:

  • Distinguish one vessel from another.
  • Are engraved in the fiberglass or on a metal plate permanently attached to the transom.

Owners of homemade vessels that do not have an HIN may request an inspection by the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Boating Division by calling 501-223-6379. Upon favorable inspection, an agent will assign your vessel an identification number.

Under the Boat Identification Act, it is illegal to remove, cover, alter, mutilate, or destroy the HIN.