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USCG Letter on Hull Identification Number Guidance 

11-03-2020 12:34 PM

The purpose of this letter is to provide guidance and clarification to all 56 states and territories on the intent Title 33 CFR Subchapter S (§§ 173 - 187), specifically 33 CFR § 174.16.

On March 28, 2012, the Coast Guard published a Final Rule in the Federal Register entitled “Changes to Standard Numbering System, Vessel Identification System and Boating Accident Report Database” (77 FR 18689). A portion of that rule revised 33 CFR § 174 “State Numbering and Casualty Reporting Systems” by adding 33 CFR § 174.16 “Verification of Hull Identification Numbers (HINs).” Since the rule was published, states and territories have raised numerous questions about the HIN verification process.

To clarify how to implement the regulation, CG-BSX-2 worked with the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators (NASBLA) to create the HIN Validation & Verification Guideline 2018 PowerPoint (VVGP), and posted it to the NASBLA webpage NASBLA HIN VVGP. In 2020, the HIN VVGP was revised to address issues raised by the States and USCG.

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