Hull Serial Number (HIN)

Hull Serial Number (HIN)

The Hull Serial Number (HIN) is a unique, 12-digit number assigned to a pleasure craft that is constructed, manufactured, rebuilt, or imported to be sold or operated in Canada. The requirements for the HIN are included in the Small Vessel Regulations.

The HIN must be located:

  • Where it is clearly visible when the boat is in the water and…
  • On the outside starboard (right) side of the transom. If the boat does not have a transom, the HIN must be displayed on the right side at the rear of the hull.

The HIN may include a two-character country code. For example, if the country code for the above example is CA, the HIN would be CA-ABC67689B606.

The HIN also must be marked in a second location on the hull where it is:

  • Beneath a fitting or item of hardware or…
  • On the interior of the boat and unexposed.

It is illegal to alter, deface, or remove an HIN.