Do All Boats Need to Have an Identification Number?

Do All Boats Need to Have an Identification Number?

Do All Boats Need to Have an Identification Number?

Not all boats need to have an identification number. Boats that were constructed or imported before Nov. 1,1972 do not need to possess a hull identification number.

Boats that are shorter than 9.5 feet also do not need an identification number. Homemade boats that are not motorized are not required to have a hull identification number. In some states, owners of older or homemade vessels need a verification of vessel identification number.

The hull identification number is a unique 12 to 14 digit number that identifies a boat. The number is usually found on the right starboard within 2 inches of the transom.