Numbering & Titling Resources
The two largest storms of 2017- Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, resulted in 63,000 damaged insured boats. However, in both Texas and Florida, insurance is not a requirement for boating so the true loss and damage is significantly higher. These boats (especially those without insurance) are going back on the market and being sold to unknowing buyers without full disclosure due to lack of branding for vessels in states. Because of these storms, interest in UCOTVA is at an all-time high. Now is the time to have conversations and education about the importance of titling across all states and the inclusion of branding. Kaitlin Wolff of the Uniform Law Commission (ULC) can help you shape bills and push momentum in your states.
This session will discuss hull identification number (HIN) regulations, including recent requirements for state registration and titling offices to verify HINs. We will discuss how and when to issue state manufacturer identification codes (MIC) and how to address specific types of errors and common issues as seen throughout the United States. Emerging issues such as foreign boat builders using internet sales websites to sell boats within the US, as well as other related topics will be discussed.
Changes to the Standard Numbering System, the Vessel Identification System, and the Boating Accident Report Database – Implications for the States
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