The Handbook of South Carolina Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources - Web Version
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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.
- Are engraved in the fiberglass or on a metal plate permanently attached on or near the upper starboard (right) side of the transom.
Owners of homemade vessels or vessels without a 12-digit HIN must apply for a hull identification number.
- Submit an application for a Hull Identification Number for watercraft, including pictures of the vessel and the fee, to the SCDNR.
- If requested by the SCDNR, schedule an appointment for a DNR officer to inspect the vessel prior to assigning the HIN.
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.