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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. More detailed information, forms, guidelines, and other resources are obtainable by downloading a Boat Registration Kit for this state. You will also find an extensive listing of general purpose boat and trailer registration forms on our Forms page. Please visit our State page for additional articles and information about registering or titling boats, trailers, and outboard motors.

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Ohio Boat Registration
Ohio Boat Registration
Department of
Natural Resources

Registration Statistics There are approximately 432,696 boats registered in Ohio. This state ranks 9th among nationwide boat registrations.
Registration Numbering The registration number prefix for the state of Ohio is "OH". Registration numbers may not be displayed on Coast Guard documented vessels.
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.
Registration Requirements Registration required on vessels over 13' in Ohio. Coast Guard documented vessels must also be registered.
Title Requirements Ohio issues titles on registered boats over 13'. Titles are not issued for Coast Guard documented vessels.
Conditional 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. Information on abandoned boats can be found in our boat registration kit for this state.
Electronic Titles Ohio does not issue electronic titles.
Registration Records Boat registration records are purged after 4 years with no activity. Detailed information on how to obtain verbal and written reports can be found in our boat registration kit for this state.
State Tax Requirements Sales or use tax applies to vessel transactions in Ohio
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.
Ownership designations "And" indicates joint ownership. "Or" is not recognized.
Residency Requirements Non-residents may register and title boats in Ohio if this is the state of primary usage.
Hull Inspection The boat must be inspected by a law enforcement official if there is a discrepancy with the hull identification number.
Outboard 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 Dealer Licensing No bonding or professional requirements apply to boat dealers or brokers in Ohio.
Visitation Period A visitation period of 60 days is allowed for boats that are Coast Guard documented, foreign titled, or registered in another state.

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