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please help, my boat has no HIN

Registration questions specific to boats built prior to 1972.
i just bought a 15' 1963 starcraft jet aluminum v hull boat to work on and use for bass fishing and duck hunting. it has a little aluminum tag on the port side on the inside of the transom that has the model, serial no., and the max hp rating. there is no HIN number on the boat anywhere. BUT there is a HIN number on the title. i have asked about this on other forums, and have learned: boats before 1972 were made with no HIN number, but were then issued one after 1972. so since there is a HIN on the title, i assume this boat was issued one, but was never put on the boat. i called the VA dept. of game and fisheries to ask them what to do, and they said they would call back, but never did. so what should i do? i dont want to get in any legal trouble. should i
1) dont worry about it and leave it without one
2) make a little tag with the HIN thats on the title and put it on there
3) call someone else (who should i call?)
thanks for any help, im a little nervous because i really want to use this boat and do to college, even though i paid only 250$ for it, i wont be able to buy another for a long while. so thanks for any advice, i really appreciate your time.
The USCG is of no help, this is a state issue. Since the boat has been titled previously, you'll have no problems, especially if it's also be registered. If it's been registered, it'll likely have TX numbers on the bow or at least an expired registration sticker.

The DMV and the county tax collector will take care of you. This isn't the first time they've had to track down an old title and registration before. Just bring proof of sale (receipt), etc. and you're good to go.


just in case-
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