Ohio boat registration summary is a free resource designed to inform the boating public about registration requirements, recording methods, and title search guidelines for the State of Ohio. The data is maintained as an open wiki forum where readers are encouraged to participate by sharing knowledge and experiences with this particular state. Simply click on the "Wiki-Share" link to contribute further details or suggest a revision.
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|Boat Registration Agency||State of Ohio
Department of Natural Resources
Division of Parks & Watercraft
Boat Registration Website
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|Registration Overview||Ohio issues both registrations and titles for boats. These are
administered by the Division of Parks and Watercraft in Columbus. Titling is
required on outboard motors with 10hp or more. Boat trailer
registration is required in Ohio. Titling is required except for
non-commercial trailers under 4,000 lbs.
|Marking Requirements||Ohio boat registration numbers begin with an "OH" designation which is followed
by four numbers and then two letters. These must be displayed on all non-documented
boats along with registration sticker tabs. Coast Guard documented vessels may not
display the state registration numbers. However they must display the state
registration tabs, an owner designated vessel name, and a hailing port. An official
documentation number must also be affixed to a visible interior location in the hull
itself or an integral part of the hull.
|Registration Requirements||Unless otherwise exempted, registration required on boats over 13' in Ohio. Coast Guard documented vessels are also subject to registration. A complete list of requirements and exemptions may be found by visiting their website. Ohio does not have provisions for conditional registrations when there is insufficient proof of ownership.|
|Ownership and Liens||Ohio issues titles on all registered boats except for those
which are Coast Guard Documented. This state has no provisions when there is
insufficient proof of ownership. In this case it will be necessary to petition a
local court of law for an award of ownership. Ohio has
special provisions for titling abandoned boats
if the value is less than $10,000 and it has been left for six
months without permission on private property.
|Title Searches||Boat title and registration records in Ohio are maintained by the
Department of Parks and Wildlife. This agency does not facilitate online searches for
the general public due to strict privacy laws. However, record printouts may be
obtained by an owner or otherwise qualified party by submitting a boat record
request form. It is also reported that the registration
office will provide telephone verifications on information shown on boat title or registration certificates
Boat Record Request
Public Record Vendors
National Vessel Documentation Center
Vessel Documentation Companies
|Wiki Contributors||Ohio Department of Natural Resources|
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