Boat Registration and Licenses in Ohio
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Boat Registration and Licensing in Ohio
The Ohio Division of Watercraft processes registration and title applications, and enforces all boating regulations in the interest of public safety.
This page outlines all the information you need about the process of registering your boat, renewing your boat registration, and applying for a duplicate copy of your boat registration document.
Continue reading to learn more.
- Inflatable boats.
What Not to Register
All personal watercrafts (PWC) in Ohio must be registered.
- U.S. Coast Guard-documented vessels.
- Boats from other countries.
- Government agency-owned boats.
The Division of Watercraft of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources oversees watercraft registration. The procedure to register your watercraft depends on whether it needs to have a title .
To register your boat in Ohio, you must:
- Complete a Certified Watercraft Registration Application (DNR 8460R).
- Bring the application along with a signed-off and notarized title, or one of the following (if the watercraft does not require a title): Manufacturer's Statement of Origin, Bill of Sale, Notarized Affidavit of Title (found on the registration application above), Signed-over registration from previous owner, or sales receipt to any Watercraft office.
- Pay all applicable fees. See below.
Boat registration fees are based on a boat's length and type.
Ohio boat registrations are valid for 3 years.
You may be able to renew online. You can only use VISA and MasterCard for payment.
NOTE: If any boat information has changed, you will have to renew by mail or in person.
Renew by Mail
To renew your boat registration by mail, you'll need to send your request to the address listed on your registration renewal notice.
Renew in Person
You can also renew in person by visiting any Watercraft Registration Agent. It's best to call ahead for hours of operation.
Be sure to bring proof of identification.
Replace Lost Registration
The fee for replacing your boat registration or tags is$4each. You will need to:
- Complete a Duplicate Registration or Decal Application(Form DNR 8456).
- Drop it off at any Watercraft Office or mail it to:
- Division of Watercraft
- 2045 Morse Road
- Building A
- Columbus, OH 43229
To operate a boat that's powered by more than 10 horsepower, any boater born after January 1, 1982 must complete a boating education course.
- Online: State-approved course, taught by BOATER.exam.com. Click its link below for immediate course information.
- Classroom Course: Certified classes are held throughout the state.
- Home Study: Request online to have a course book and reference materials mailed to you. You complete the course at your own pace.
- Proficiency Exam: Take the exam at any Watercraft office, by appointment only.
While you do not have to carry boat insurance in OH, it may not be a bad idea to get covered.
If you're involved in a boating accident, you could face a lot of fees to get your boat back up to speed.
To read more about this topic, you can visit our page about Ohio boat insurance.