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Although non-motorized canoes and kayaks are exempt from many registration and labeling standards, all canoes and kayaks manufactured after 1972 are still required to have a Hull Identification Number (HIN). Newer canoes and kayaks often have a sticker placed next to the HIN that gives the vessel’s serial number.

Hull Identification Number on a canoe
  • The HIN:
    • Is a 12-digit serial number that uniquely identifies a vessel.
    • Is usually stamped or embossed on the starboard side at the stern of the hull. However, the location may vary.
  • Write down your HIN, and keep it in a safe spot separate from your vessel.