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Hull Identification Number (HIN) / Boat VIN

What's a HIN (boat VIN) and where do I find it?

The Hull Identification Number (HIN) serves as the boat’s unique identifier, similar to the VIN or vehicle serial number of a car. If the dealer or broker listing the boat has not provided you with a report from Boat History Report®, ask them to provide you with the boat’s HIN so that you can run your own report.

The HIN is affixed or stamped into the back of the boat's hull also known as the transom in the uppermost right corner or under the swim platform. Also, the HIN may be stated on the state title, state registration, USCG Documentation, and insurance documents. For boats 1984 and newer, Federal regulations mandate the HIN must follow the format in the image below. For additional HIN formats and a more detailed explanation, be sure to check out our HIN Troubleshooting Guide.

Boat Hull Identification Number (HIN)
Boat Hull ID Number (HIN) Example
Boat Hull ID Number (HIN) Example 2
A record is an indicator in our database sourced from vetted and reliable sources which has been linked to your search through a proprietary system. Records could indicate that the boat has been involved in a collision, fire, been run aground, damaged in a hurricane or has warranty or recall information. Records do not always indicate negative reports for a boat.