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Hull Identification Number (HIN)
a law enforcement representative will make an appointment to
inscribe a HIN on your boat.
A hull identification number is a unique serial number to
each boat consisting of 12 characters in three parts. The HIN
is affixed on the upper starboard side of the transom on the
outside. It was designed for product recall by the US Coast
Guard and is not designed for identifying a boat. However,
law enforcement officers use it to confirm boat registrations
and to aid in identifying recovered boats.
When buying a boat make sure that the HIN on the boat
matches the HIN printed on the title and registration certificate.
The US Coast Guard issues each manufacturer a
Manufacturer's Identification Code to be used on all boats
made by that company. The manufacturer assigns a serial
number and a month of certification. The serial number
must be unique to each boat and the date of certification
shows the month and year the boat was built. The
Manufacturer's Identification Code, the serial number and
the certification date make up the HIN.
If your boat doesn't have a HIN, you must obtain one. Use
form OPS 420, "Application for a Hull Identification Number."
You can download it from the New York State Parks website
at www.nysparks.com/recreation/boating/resources.aspx. This
form is also available through the DMV. Follow the directions
on the form and mail it to New York State Parks at the address
listed. New York State Parks processes the form and sends it
to a local law enforcement agency. After receiving the form,
Which boats need to be registered in NYS? ___________________________________________________________
Which agency registers boats in NYS? _______________________________________________________________
How are the registrations numbers displayed on the boat?______________________________________________
Where are the validation stickers displayed? ___________________________________________________________
What is the purpose of the Hull Identification Number?________________________________________________
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