What is a legacy HIN?
A legacy HIN is any hull identification number associated with a given boat that is different from what is recorded on its current registration. A legacy HIN could be a HIN that was incorrectly assigned by the manufacturer; a HIN incorrectly entered on a prior registration and/or title document; or even a valid HIN that has since been replaced with a state-issued HIN.
Why this this important
As you know, a boat’s hull identification number (HIN) is a critical piece of information that enables boat manufacturers, registration & titling professionals, insurance companies and law enforcement to identify a specific vessel regardless of where it is located or who owns it. Like an individual’s social security number, it is a distinct ID intended to remain with a boat throughout its lifetime.
Provided a boat’s HIN is recorded correctly and consistently, one can accurately track a boat from the time it is first put in service to the time it is scrapped, even if it has had multiple owners in different states. Among other things, having correct HINs helps to reduce theft and fraud. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. For instance:
In an ideal world, there would be no legacy HINs but since we know they exist, we need a means by which to establish a link between a boat’s current (presumably correct) HIN and any prior HINs associated with that boat. Knowing what, if anything, your state does to record legacy HINs,
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