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What is a HUD label verification letter for a mobile/manufactured home?
Thursday, June 14, 2018
Provides Proof Of HUD Tag Number If Missing
If you are unable to find your HUD tag (which is also called a HUD label or red tag) for verification of the mobile home for financing or sale, you can get a certification letter with the tag number from IBTS (Institute for Building Technology and Safety). You must provide them the serial number of the home, which is noted on the data plate and also etched into the front face of the front cross-beam of the steel undercarriage. Double or triple-wides will have two or three serial numbers.
Their fee, as of December, 2017, is $50 for email delivery of the verification letter, and they need two weeks for processing. There are extra fees for rush service (2 to 3 days) and delivery of a paper copy of the form. You can apply online at https://lvr-requests.ibts.org/#/LandingPage. Because they occasionally change the format of their site, this link may not still be valid when you try it, so we suggest going to the home page at https://www.ibts.org/ and navigating from there if you have a problem.
The verification letter provides the following information about the home:
- HUD tag number
- Serial/VIN number
- Date of manufacture
- Name of manufacturer and plant location
- Location of first destination (dealer/retail center)
It does not provide performance information, such as wind zone, roof load zone, and thermal zone. You have to order their separate “HUD Data Plate/Performance Certificate” for an additional fee to receive that information. See our blog post What is a "HUD data plate/performance certificate" for a mobile/manufactured home? for more info on performance certificates.
A couple of final notes: data is only available for mobile/manufactured homes produced after June 15, 1976, which is when HUD took over responsibility of construction standards. Also, IBTS does not keep records for modular homes.
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