Request a boat inspection

If you have a homemade boat or if your boat was built before 1972 and does not have a 12 character hull identification number, you will need to have your boat inspected before you can register it.

Massachusetts Environmental Police Main Office


Emergency 24/7 Statewide Dispatch

The Details of Request a boat inspection

What you need for Request a boat inspection

  • Identification: a driver’s license or another government issued ID
  • Bill of Sale
  • Title signed over to you by the seller and/or a copy of the seller’s registration
  • If your boat is homemade, bring receipts for the materials you used to make your boat

How to request Request a boat inspection

Complete our online boat inspection request form.


Call the Massachusetts Environmental Police at 1 (800) 632-8075 to arrange an inspection.

Next steps for Request a boat inspection

  1. Inspection

    An officer from the Massachusetts Environmental Police will contact you and provide a time and place for your inspection. Make sure you arrive on time, with the documentation mentioned above.

    Once the inspection is complete, you will receive an inspection certificate that must be presented when registering your vessel. 

  2. Registration

    At the time of registration, your boat will be assigned a HIN (Hull Identification Number).  You will be given instructions on how to place this HIN on your boat. 

    You must prove to the registration office that the HIN has been placed on your boat before you can receive your registration card and decal.

Contact for Request a boat inspection

Massachusetts Environmental Police Boston HQ
251 Causeway Street, Suite 101, Boston, MA 02114

Emergency 24/7 Statewide Dispatch

MEP Boston FAX (617) 626-1670

MEP Boston

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