Canoes, kayaks, and stand-up paddleboards do not require registration under federal law. However, state laws regarding paddlecraft registration may vary. Check with your state’s boating agency for the specific requirements for paddlecraft.
- Most states make exceptions for vessels that are not mechanically propelled; however, some states require all vessels to be registered.
- If you mount a motor on a paddlecraft, all rules for motorized vessels apply. You must register the craft and obtain a Certificate of Number and decals just as you would for any other powered vessel.
- If your paddlecraft requires registration:
- It is illegal to operate it or allow others to operate your paddlecraft unless it is registered and numbered as required by your state’s boating agency.
- The registration (Certificate of Number) usually is valid for 60 days if you move to a new state.