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Ohio Boat Registration Summary

          Ohio boat registration summary presents an overview of boat titling, registration, loan perfection, and operational requirements for the State of Ohio. Additional boat registration and titling resources can be found by visiting our State page as shown in the above menu selections. Boat registration services, supplemental forms, and historical research data  are also available from our Services, Forms, and Database pages.

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Ohio Boat Registration
Ohio Boat Registration
Department of
Natural Resources

Boat Registration Statistics There are approximately 449,541 boats registered in the State of Ohio. This accounts for 3.7% of all nationwide registrations.
Boat Registration Numbering The registration number prefix for the state of Ohio is "OH". Registration numbers may not be displayed on Coast Guard documented vessels.
Boat Registration Agency The local county clerk's office administers title and registration. The Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft is the central recording agency.
Boat Registration Requirements Registration required on vessels over 13' in Ohio. Coast Guard documented vessels must also be registered.
Boat Title Requirements Ohio issues titles on registered boats over 13'. Titles are not issued for Coast Guard documented vessels.
Conditional Boat Registrations Ohio does not have provisions for bonded boat titles or conditional registrations when there insufficient proof of ownership.
Abandoned Boats Ohio has special provisions for titling and registering abandoned boats if the value is less than $10,000 and it has been left for six months without permission on your property.
Electronic Boat Titles Ohio does not issue electronic titles.
Boat Registration Records Boat registration records in Ohio are administered by the Department of Natural Resources. This agency does not facilitate online search resources for the general public. If you need a print-out, it will be necessary to contact the DNR. Boat registration records are purged after 4 years with no activity.
Boat Tax Requirements Sales or use tax applies to boat transactions in Ohio
Boat Loan Perfection Security interests on non-documented boats which are state titled must be recorded on the state title records. On Coast Guard documented vessels, a preferred mortgage must be recorded on the vessel's abstract of title. A UCC financing statement must be filed if the boat is neither titled or documented.
Boat Ownership Methods "And" indicates joint ownership. "Or" is not recognized.
Boat Residency Requirements Non-residents may register and title boats in Ohio if this is the state of primary usage.
Boat Hull Number Inspections The boat must be inspected by a law enforcement official if there is a discrepancy with the hull identification number.
Outboard Boat Motors Titling is required on outboard motors with 10hp or more.
Boat Trailers Boat trailer registration is required in Ohio. Titling is required except for non-commercial trailers under 4,000 lbs.
Notary Regulations Ohio notaries must affix an embossed or inked seal when notarizing a document.
Boat Registration Resources Boat Registration Information
Abandoned Boat Information
Application for Boat Registration - Non-documented
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Notary Public Information
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