Vessel Identification

HIN = Hull Identification Number: A twelve character number inscribed at the starboard upper corner of the transom. A HIN is required on ALL recreational vessels.

The first three characters of the HIN indicate the boat manufacturer. This portion of the HIN is called a MIC (Manufacturers Identification Code). Further information regarding a particular manufacturer can be obtained from the USCG MIC Database.

The model year and month and year of production are also included in the HIN, along with a unique serial number for each hull. Additional information regarding HINs follows: