Do You Have to Register a Kayak in Indiana?
If you are planning to take your kayak out on the water in Indiana, you may be wondering if you need to register it. The answer depends on whether your kayak is motorized or not.
According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, non-motorized watercraft such as canoes, kayaks, and rowboats are exempt from registration in Indiana3. However, if you are using an electric trolling motor, you will need to register your kayak6.
If your kayak is motorized, you will need to register it with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) in Indiana3. This applies to all motorized watercraft, including kayaks, canoes, and paddleboats2.To register your motorized kayak, you will need to fill out a registration application with the BMV. Once your application is approved, you will receive a Certificate of Registration that must be kept on board and readily available for inspection by a law enforcement officer whenever the vessel is in operation3.
Where to Buy Permits
In addition to registration, Indiana law requires lake permits for privately-owned boats and seaplanes using or mooring at state parks, state-managed lakes, state forest, and Division of Fish & Wildlife properties2. Permits are also required for personal watercraft, kayaks, canoes, paddleboats, rowboats, and all watercraft moored at marinas, private docks, group docks, or bank ties2.You can purchase lake permits online at Mother Nature’s Mercantile, property offices and entrance gates (when staffed) at state parks, reservoirs, and forests, or by calling the DNR Customer Service Center at 877-463-6367 or 317-232-42002.
In summary, non-motorized kayaks are exempt from registration in Indiana, but if you are using an electric trolling motor, you will need to register your kayak. Motorized kayaks, on the other hand, must be registered with the BMV. Additionally, lake permits are required for all watercraft moored at marinas, private docks, group docks, or bank ties, and for all privately-owned boats and seaplanes using or mooring at state parks, state-managed lakes, state forest, and Division of Fish & Wildlife properties.