Vessel Registration

Vessel/HIN Inspection

A HIN Inspection is necessary when boat owners do not have a Hull Identification Number from the Manufacturer on any vessel built after 1972. HIN Inspections are also required for any Homemade vessel.

HIN Inspection Requirements

  • Customers must have initiated the registration process (paid for a registration) before a HIN Inspection can be performed.
  • HIN Inspections are conducted at locations statewide on a varying schedule. Trailerable boats must be brought to the inspection location by the customer. Inspections CAN NOT be completed if customers have not paid for a registration in advance of the inspection.
  • BOAT OWNERS (not a friend or other family member) should bring all documents and correspondence to the inspection location that relate to the boat, boat purchase, or registration process that may be helpful during the HIN Inspection to support registration.

The current inspection schedules are located here:

Although boats manufactured before November 1, 1972 are not required to have a HIN. Having a HIN will make your registration more secure, your vessel less susceptible to theft, and easier to recover if it were stolen.