does not reissue tags for manufactured homes. However, the Department
can issue a letter of label (tag) verification for units for which
it can locate the necessary historical information. The label numbers
can be found on a data plate inside the home in one of three locations:
on or near the main electrical panel, in a kitchen cabinet, in a
bedroom closet. The data plate has a map of the United States to
let the consumer know the Wind Zone and Snow Load for which their
home was built.
You may request letters of label verification from the Institute
for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS), by visiting IBTS? website
or via fax at: 703-437-6894.
What is a HUD Label?
Label (also know as a HUD tag) is a metal plate that is affixed
to the outside of the manufactured home. Section 3280.11(b) states,
"The label shall be approximately 2 in. by 4 in. in size and shall
be permanently attached to the manufactured home by means of 4 blind
rivets, drive screws, or other means that render it difficult to
remove without defacing it. ?The label number shall be etched or
stamped with a 3 letter designation which identifies the production
inspection primary inspection agency, and which the Sectary shall
assign. Each label shall be marked with a 6 digit number which the
label supplier shall furnish. The labels shall be stamped with numbers
What is a Data Plate?
Plate is a paper label affixed inside the home and is located
in a kitchen cabinet, an electrical panel, or a bedroom closet.
The Data Plate will contain the following information: (a) the name
and address of the manufacturing plant in which the home was manufactured,
(b) the serial numbers and model designation, and the date the unit
was manufactured, (c) a statement which references that the home
was built in accordance to the Manufactured Home Construction and
Safety Standards, (d) a list of the certification label number(s),
(e) a list of factory-installed equipment, including the manufacturer's
name and the model designation of each appliance, (f) a reference
to the Roof Load Zone and Wind Zone Load to which the home was designed,
(h) and the name of the agency that approved the design.
Both the label (tags) and data plate have
been removed from my home. I can't sell/refinance my home without
the HUD Label. Where can I get this information?
the information cannot be located on or within the home, the requester
should obtain previous financing paperwork for the home where this
information may have been previously required and documented by
a lending institution. HUD, through its contractor IBTS, might be
able to provide a letter certifying the specific HUD labels (tags)
that were attached to the home.
I'm assisting a homeowner/homebuyer with
selling/purchasing a manufactured home and have submitted a request
to HUD. How long does it take before I receive a response?
questions regarding expediting label verification requests should
be addressed to HUD's contractor, IBTS.
Data Plate is missing. How do I get a replacement copy?
You may be able to obtain the data plate
by contacting the In-Plant Primary Inspection Agency (IPIA) and
the manufacturer. The IPIA is a third party inspection agency that
works in conjunction with the Department to inspect manufactured
homes during the manufacturing process to ensure that the manufacturer
meets the Federal Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards.
To obtain a list of inspection agencies, visit here: http://www.hud.gov/offices/hsg/ramh/mhs/mhsid.cfm
I was told I need the Serial or VIN number in order to sell or
refinance my home. Where can I find this information?
In some states, the Serial number and
VIN number may be one and the same. Section 3280.6 of the Manufactured
Home Construction and Safety Standards states, "(a) A manufactured
home serial number which will identify the manufacturer and the
state in which the manufactured home is manufactured must be stamped
into the foremost cross member. Letters and numbers must be 3/8-inch
minimum in height. Numbers must not be stamped into hitch assembly
the home is a multiwide unit, the serial number will contain the
letters A/B for a double-wide unit or A/B/C for a triple-wide unit.
was told that the HUD Tag (Label) numbers have to be in sequential
order. Is that true?
No. The Certification labels (HUD tags)
can be in sequential order but they may not be. The HUD labels are
identified by a three-letter prefix followed by six numbers (i.e.
additional assistance, contact HUD's Office of Manufactured Housing
Programs at (202) 708-6423.