Manufactured Home HUD Tags, Labels, Serial Numbers, And Data Plates | Mobile Home Living (2023)

Manufactured home HUD tags and data plates are confusing because there are so many different names used to describe the same thing. For example, a HUD Tag is also called a Construction Code Label, a Certification Label, or a HUD Label.

Mobile and manufactured homes have serial numbers and HUD numbers as well, which just adds to the confusion.

No worries, though, this article should help you make sense of it all.

Topics

  • The 2 Labels and 2 Numbers Every Mobile Home Owner Should Understand
    • Manufactured Home HUD Tags
    • Certification Label Number
  • Manufactured Home Data Plates 101
    • A Data Plate is Just a Piece of Paper
    • The Data Plate will include the following information:
    • HUD Label Number
  • Where is the Data Plate Located?
  • How to Get a New Data Plate or ‘Performance Verification Certificate’
    • Institute for Building Technology and Safety
  • Manufactured Home Serial Numbers 101
  • What Does Each Digit Mean in the Serial Number?
    • Conclusion

The 2 Labels and 2 Numbers Every Mobile Home Owner Should Understand

A mobile or manufactured home will have 2 main identifiers: a HUD tag and a data plate.

The HUD tag has the certification label on it and the data plate has both the serial number and the code certification number on it.

The data plate is a white piece of paper usually found on the back side of a kitchen cabinet door. It’s easy to identify because it has a map of the United States on it.

Manufactured Home HUD Tags

A HUD tag, also called a certification tag, is a 2”x4” piece of metal riveted onto the backside of a manufactured home. It verifies that the home was inspected by a 3rd party agency before it left the factory and met all the requirements set by HUD in the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards law.

Federal law requires that every manufactured home built since 1976 have one before it can be moved from the factory.

Tags are placed about a foot up from the bottom and a foot from the edge on the back of each section of the home. Like this:

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The metal tag is usually red with silver text but the color fades away fairly quickly to a dull silver.

The same paragraph is on every tag but the certification label number stamped into the metal will be unique to each home.

The certification label number identifies the production inspection primary inspection agency (explained below).

The tag reads:

The manufacturer certifies to the best of the manufacturer’s knowledge and belief that this manufactured home has been inspected in accordance with the requirements of Department of Housing and Urban Development and is constructed in conformance with the federal manufactured home construction and safety standards in effect on the date of manufacture. See data plate.

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Certification Label Number

Per HUD’s online portal, the first three lettersmean:

The label number shall be etched or stamped with a 3 letter designation which identifies the production inspection primary inspection agency and which the Secretary shall assign.

But, what exactly does “the production inspection primary inspection agency’ mean?

It’s just the third party inspection agency that inspected the home at the factory.

The 6 digit number is simply stamped sequentially by the label maker and used as an identifier for the home.

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Manufactured Home Data Plates 101

A manufactured homeData Plate isn’t a plate, it’s a sheet of paperinside your kitchen cabinet or bedroom closet.

A Data Plate is Just a Piece of Paper

A Data Plate is the white paper you see glued to the wall or cabinet. It has a bunch of really important information along with a simple line map of the United States. The paper is 8.5″ x 11″ and looks like this:

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The Data Plate will include the following information:

  • Manufacturer, or builders, name, and address.
  • Date the home was built.
  • Serial number
  • Model number
  • Code Certification – Identifies the Federal HUD Manufactured Housing Code in effect at time of construction (Source)

The data plate also has information about the home’s construction. Roof and floor load and wind zone details will be listed.

Data plates will also have the inspection agency’s information. These agencies use codes to identify the company’s name. Only a few companies are certified to do HUD home inspections. They cannot be affiliated with the builder at all.

HUD Label Number

The first 3 letters are the third party inspector that inspected, passed, and labeled the home at the factory.

For example, GEO means it was inspected by Georgia and the label’s number will provide the exact factory information based on records. A few more examples:

  • HWC = Hilborn, Werner, Carter & Associates, Inc.
  • PFS = PFS Corporation
  • NTA = NTA, Inc.
  • RAD = RADCO
  • TRA = T. R. Arnold and Associates, Inc.
  • GEO = the state of Georgia
  • TEN = the state of Tennessee

Here’s how HUD explains all the information displayed on the Date Plate:

(a) The name and address of the manufacturing plant in which the manufactured home was manufactured;

(b) The serial number and model designation of the unit, and the date the unit was manufactured;

(c) The statement: This manufactured home is designed to comply with the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards in force at the time of manufacture;

(d) A list of the certification label(s) number(s) that are affixed to each transportable manufactured section under §3280.8;

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(e) A list of major factory-installed equipment, including the manufacturer’s name and the model designation of each appliance;

(f) Reference to the roof load zone and wind load zone for which the home is designed and duplicates of the maps as set forth in §3280.305(c).

Where is the Data Plate Located?

By federal law, all manufactured homes must have a data plateattached inside the home. It can be put in several different places:

  • inside of a cabinet door in the kitchen
  • the back wall of the small bedroom closet or master bedroom closet
  • inside your water heater closet
  • on the inside of a bathroom cabinet door
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FYI: DATA PLATES SHOULD NEVER BE REMOVED!

If you replace your cabinets or plan to remove the wall that has the Data Plate you should carefully remove and attach the paper to a different area of the home (in another cabinet or closet, for example).

You should protect the Data Plate, by all means necessary. Losing it can keep you from financing, selling, improving, or repairing your home. Some professionals suggest adding a thick clear piece of laminate over it so that it cannot fall off or be destroyed.

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How to Get a New Data Plate or ‘Performance Verification Certificate’

If you are missing your data plate and need it to meet your state or local laws for property sells, improvements, etc. you will need to request and pay for a new one through the IBTS.

Institute for Building Technology and Safety

The IBTS, or Institute for Building Technology and Safety, is a long-term HUD subcontractor that handles all requests for missing manufactured home Data Plates. If you need a new Data Plate for a manufactured home you will submit the request directly to the IBTS, not HUD. Oh, you will also be paying the IBTS for the new data plate and it isn’t cheap. The basic certification is $50 and if you need it expedited you get to pay $100.

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Manufactured Home Serial Numbers 101

All manufactured homes have a serial number assigned to it. It’s important for many reasons.

Your serial number will be clearly displayed on your home’s data plate or stamped into the steel cross member where the hitch is attached to for each section of the home.

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If your home is a double wide, it will have the same serial number but a letter at the end. but there will be an A used for one section and B for the other section.

Vehicle history is associated with their VIN and so are manufactured homes. In addition to VINs, manufactured homes also have serial numbers

VIN, or vehicle identification number will be the same thing.

What Does Each Digit Mean in the Serial Number?

I get this question at least a few times every month. Fortunately, Mcgarry and Madsen designed a handy image that explains each digit in a manufactured home serial number:

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  • The first three digits representthe factory where the home was built.
  • After the three digits, there are two letters that represent the state where the home was built.
  • After the state abbreviation, you have the six digits that represent the manufactured home’s serial number.
  • A double wide will use the same number but one section will be identified with an A and the other section with a B (C if it’s a triple wide) that represents each section of the home.

Conclusion

Buying a used mobile home is a pain in all honesty. Even after you think you’ve found the right home you have to deal with mobile home titles, inspections, appraisals, insurance, and lenders. Even cash sales are difficult.

However, it will all be worth it in the end. You will be able to live in a home you can afford without working 3 jobs to pay for!

If you plan on purchasing and moving a mobile home you found a good deal on, it’s important to know how to verify all of the tags, plates and labels are in order. If you encounter a service likehttps://www.a1autotransport.com/mobile-home-movers/, they will be able to verify everything is in working order and get your new mobile home right to where you need it to go.

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FAQs

Is the VIN and serial number the same on a mobile home? ›

1) There is a paper sticker on the interior of all mobile homes manufactured since June of 1976, called the “data plate,” which lists the VIN number (also called the serial number), along with other facts about the manufacture of the home.

Where is serial number located on mobile home? ›

Your manufactured or mobile home VIN number is typically found: On the data plate inside your home. Marked on your mobile home's steel frame (stamped into the steel cross member where the hitch is attached to for each section of the home)

What does a serial number look like on a mobile home? ›

The first three digits represent the factory where the home was built. After the three digits, there are two letters that represent the state where the home was built. After the state abbreviation, you have the six digits that represent the manufactured home's serial number.

What is a data plate? ›

What is a Data Plate? The Data Plate is a paper label affixed inside the home and is the size of a standard sheet of paper (8 ½” x 11”). The Data Plate can be found in a kitchen cabinet, an electrical panel, or a bedroom closet.

What is the difference between a HUD data plate and HUD certification label? ›

That's because nearly all mortgage lenders require the manufactured homes they finance to meet HUD safety standards that were enacted on June 15th, 1976. HUD tags certify that the home meets those standards and data plates (also known as compliance certificates) list out all of the details of the manufactured home.

Where is the model and serial number on a manufactured home? ›

The model name/number is on the data plate inside the home. A HUD data plate has been required to be placed inside every mobile home manufactured since July, 1976, and it is usually located on the inside of a kitchen cabinet door, behind the door over the electrical panel, or on the wall of a closet.

Where is the HUD label located on a mobile home? ›

The HCD insignia(s) or HUD label(s) is required to be located on the rear exterior wall at the lower left corner of the unit or on the exterior wall immediately adjacent to the main door.

Does a modular home have a HUD tag? ›

All Factory Built Homes, both HUD and Modular homes, have a Data Plate permanently attached to them when they are constructed. a. Many times, Data Plates may have been painted over or removed during home renovations after the initial sale of the home.

Do modular homes have serial numbers? ›

On modular homes, the serial number may be found on or in the utility box. Manufactured homes are frequently referred to as mobile homes. They typically are sold as personal property from the manufacturer and ownership is evidenced by a title issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

What does the VIN look like for a mobile home? ›

This is a HUD tag (also called a certification label), and it's a two-inch by four-inch metal plate on the back exterior of your mobile home. On it, you'll find a three-letter that identifies the in-plant primary inspection agency that inspected your mobile home.

What is a HUD label number? ›

The label number shall be etched or stamped with a 3 letter designation which identifies the production inspection primary inspection agency and which the Secretary shall assign. Each label shall be marked with a 6 digit number which the label supplier shall furnish.

What is a tag unit on a modular home? ›

MODULAR HOME - If the home is a modular built after 1971, it should have a tag called a "Factory Built Unit Certification" attached. This certifies that it has been built to the requirements of the Universal Building Code (UBC), which is the same requirement of stick-built homes.

What if the HUD data plate is missing? ›

What if a Label or Data Plate Is Missing? Unfortunately, HUD does not reissue labels for manufactured houses. However, lenders can obtain verification letters with the same information from HUD's contractor, the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS).

What does Ibts stand for manufactured home? ›

You can request a Leter of Label Verification from the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS). Or call IBTS Label Department at (703) 481-2010. If you can't find your data plates, then contact the In-Plant Primary Inspection Agency and the manufacturer.

Is the external data plate required? ›

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires that all aircraft have a data plate, even those that are built by amateurs.

What does HUD stand for? ›

What is a data plate performance certificate? ›

The Data Plate/Performance Certificate provides following information*: Serial number (no VIN will be recorded in the certification) Date of manufacture. Name of the manufacturer and plant location. Wind zone, roof load zone and thermal zone.

How old is my mobile home? ›

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that a manufacturer place a large information sticker, called a “data plate,” on the interior of every mobile home manufactured since June 15th, 1976—and that's where you find out.

Is a serial number the same as a VIN? ›

A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) (also known as a serial number) is a 17 character code of letters and numbers that identifies your vehicle. You can find your VIN in several places: On top of the dashboard on the driver's side.

Where is the VIN number on a trailer? ›

Your VIN tag is located on the driver's side frame rail. It is located to the rear of the landing leg. If your VIN tag is missing, you can locate your four-digit serial number. Your serial number is welded to the front face of the trailer crossmember.

How do I get a replacement title for a mobile home in NC? ›

If the current seller is the legal owner of record, then there is a simple and easy process to obtain a duplicate title. Call your local mobile home titling agency to inquire about specific steps moving forward. Typically the owner of record needs only to provide proof that he or she is the owner and pay a small fee.

Is a serial number the same as a VIN? ›

A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) (also known as a serial number) is a 17 character code of letters and numbers that identifies your vehicle. You can find your VIN in several places: On top of the dashboard on the driver's side.

Where is the VIN number on a trailer? ›

Your VIN tag is located on the driver's side frame rail. It is located to the rear of the landing leg. If your VIN tag is missing, you can locate your four-digit serial number. Your serial number is welded to the front face of the trailer crossmember.

Do modular homes have serial numbers? ›

On modular homes, the serial number may be found on or in the utility box. Manufactured homes are frequently referred to as mobile homes. They typically are sold as personal property from the manufacturer and ownership is evidenced by a title issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

What if the HUD data plate is missing? ›

What if a Label or Data Plate Is Missing? Unfortunately, HUD does not reissue labels for manufactured houses. However, lenders can obtain verification letters with the same information from HUD's contractor, the Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS).

Do all mobile homes have a HUD tag? ›

(a) All manufactured homes, mobilehomes, commercial coaches, and special purpose commercial coaches manufactured on or after September 1, 1958, that are sold, offered for sale, rented, or leased within this state shall bear a federal label or an insignia of approval issued by the department, whichever is appropriate, ...

What is a HUD plate on a manufactured home? ›

About HUD Certification for Manufactured Homes

These national standards, usually called the HUD code, include requirements for the home's construction, fire safety, energy efficiency and more. And a manufactured home's certification label signifies that the home has been built to HUD code.

How can you tell if a home is manufactured? ›

MANUFACTURED HOME - If a home was built after June 15, 1976, a HUD tag may be found on the rear of the unit or the rear of each of the units if it is a double-wide home. Such UBC stickers are typically found under the kitchen sink.

Where is the data plate in a trailer? ›

Every light tactical trailer LTT should have two metal plates affixed to the unit, a shipping data plate and identifications sticker, that gives you critical details about your trailer. Both are located on the front of the trailers, attached by rivets.

Do trailers have VIN numbers or serial numbers? ›

Just like a vehicle VIN number, a trailer VIN is a unique identifier of the trailer. The NHTSA requires all trailers destined for traveling on the road to be assigned a 17-digit VIN.

What does a trailer VIN number look like? ›

Where to find the VIN# on a trailer - YouTube

Do on frame modular homes have HUD tags? ›

No, a modular home will not have that familiar red HUD tag on the exterior wall, like the one shown above. Modular homes are not built under HUD supervision like a manufactured/mobile home. They are constructed to meet the local building code for their location, the same as a site-built single family home.

What is the difference between a HUD home and a modular home? ›

The HUD Code, unlike conventional building codes, requires manufactured homes to be constructed on a permanent chassis. Modular homes are constructed to the same state, local or regional building codes as site-built homes.

Do all manufactured homes have serial numbers? ›

HUD tags also have six-digit serial numbers that the label supplier furnishes. All manufactured homes made after June 1976 must have a HUD tag.

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