One of the requirements of the Recreational Craft Regulations is that every CE and UKCA marked boat has a unique identity number that can be used to identify the country of origin, the builder and year of build of the boat.
The Water Craft Identification Number (WIN, previously CIN and HIN) is a 14-digit code that is marked on the boat in two places, one on the starboard side of the transom and a second hidden within the boat. The CIN is usually molded or etched into the fabric of the boat hull to ensure permanency.
Details of how to formulate a WIN are available in BS EN ISO 10087
The WIN consists of a two-letter code to denote country of origin (boats built in the UK use GB), followed by a three-letter code to denote the manufacturer. This code is known as the Manufacturer’s Identity Code (MIC) and is unique to the boatbuilder.
In the UK the register of MIC is maintained by British Marine on behalf of the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
Manufacturers of boats that are placed on the GB market must be registered with the UK register.
If you are a boatbuilder from a country within the EU then you must now register with the UK after the 31st of January 2021.
If you are a boatbuilder from outside the EU who has previously exported to GB and is registered on the EU MIC register then you must also now register on the UK register.
For enquiries on existing MIC registrations please go to MIC CODES and enter the MIC code you are enquiring about including the Country Code
If you are a member of British Marine please sign in to your British Marine account and go to My British Marine where there is a function to apply.
If you are a boatbuilder from outside the UK please go to MIC CODES and enter the MIC Code you are requesting, then follow the procedure outlined.
If you are a UK boatbuilder and not a member of British Marine please go to MIC CODES and enter the MIC Code you are requesting, then follow the procedure outlined.
The register maintained by British Marine is only for professional boatbuilders.
Vessels built for own use (DIY vessels) should apply to the Royal Yachting Association for a five digit number which is then used with the GB country code and MIC ‘RYA’.