The Handbook of Vermont Boating Laws and Responsibilities
The Official Boating Handbook of the Vermont State Police - 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 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.
If the HIN is missing or non-existent, such as with a homemade vessel, apply for an identification number from the DMV.
- If the vessel does not need a title or is valued at less than $1,000, a number will be assigned and mailed to you. You will attach it to the vessel.
- If the vessel requires a title or is valued at $1,000 or more, a DMV Inspector will attach the HIN.