REGISTERING AND NUMBERING YOUR VESSEL
WHY REGISTRATION AND PROPER NUMBERING IS IMPORTANT
All undocumented vessels, with few exceptions, must be registered with the Department of Land and Natural Resources, which assigns a separate registration number to each vessel. This number is used for search and rescue, safety control, and theft prevention. Boat owners, therefore, affix the registration number on each side of he hull with great care to assure it is legible. Proper number display is the responsibility of both the boat owner and the boat operator.
Exceptions to the registration requirement may include boats that are manually propelled, eight (8) feet or less in length and propelled solely by sail, certain public vessels, documented (federally registered) vessels, foreign vessels and vessels from another State in Hawaii's waters for 60 days or less, a ship's lifeboats used solely for lifesaving purposes. Owners of undocumented vessels vessel may apply for a registration number even if the boat is exempt from Hawaii's numbering requirements.
WHERE TO REGISTER/RENEW
Boaters may register their vessels for the first time and transfer registration at any DOBOR District Office and at the DOBOR Administrative Office in Honolulu. Boaters may also renew registration by using the renewal cards sent by DOBOR through the mail or on-line at vessel.ehawaii.gov. Fees are determined by the vessel's length. The Certificate of Number is good for one year and may be renewed any time without penalty up to 90 days preceding the expiration date. If a registration card is stolen or lost or mutilated, the owner shall notify DOBOR within seven days. A fee of $5 is charged for duplicate documents and stickers.
PROOF OF OWNERSHIP IS REQUIRED WHEN REGISTERING
Proof of ownership must be provided when registering or transferring a vessel. A certificate of sale, a properly endorsed title document that indicates the vessel was registered and issued a title by another state, or (if neither of the aforementioned is appropriate) an affidavit by the applicant that supports his/her claim of ownership.
NOTICE MUST BE GIVEN
If a registration card is stolen or lost or mutilated, the owner shall notify DOBOR within seven days. A fee of $5 is charged for duplicate documents and stickers. DOBOR must also be notified if there is a change in address of the owner(s), the vessel is abandoned, the vessel is a total loss or it is destroyed, if all interest or part interest in a vessel is transferred to another person or entity, if the vessel is permanently removed from the State or the vessel becomes documented by the USCG. If your vessel is stolen, call the police immediately. A stolen vessel report must be filed with DOBOR.
HULL IDENTIFICATION NUMBERS (HIN)
The manufacturer's HIN is used on vessel documents. It consists of 12 digits. If the HIN on a vessel has been removed, obliterated or if the vessel is home built, DOBOR will assign it a permanent HIN. After January 1,1967 no vessel may be sold or offered for sale in Hawaii unless it has a HIN.
LEGAL NUMBERING REQUIREMENTS
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR EFFECTIVE DISPLAY OF NUMBERS
HINTS FOR STICKER MAINTENANCE