- Location: Ohio
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- Inflatable boats
What Not to Register
All personal watercraft in Ohio must be registered.
- U.S. Coast Guard-documented vessels.
- Boats from other countries.
- Government agency-owned boats.
Ohio Boat Titles
A title is required for the following:
- An outboard motor of 10 horsepower or more.
- A watercraft at least 14 feet long.
- A watercraft less than 14 feet long with a built-in mechanical means of propulsion of 10 horsepower or more. (This includes Jet Skis and WaveRunners and other brands of personal watercraft if they were bought after January 1, 2000.)
Titles are only available through County Clerk of Courts title offices, and should be obtained before attempting to register the watercraft. Contact your county's Clerk of Courts for information on required documents.
- Complete a Certified Watercraft Registration Application .
- 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, or sales receipt to any Watercraft office.
- Pay all applicable fees.
Fees are based on a boat's length and type.
Boat registrations are valid for three years and expire on March 1st.
You can renew online in 2012 if your boat registration expired in 2010, 2011 or 2012. Visa and MasterCard are accepted. If any boat information has changed, however, you will have to renew by mail or in person.
Renew by Mail
Mail to the address listed on your registration renewal notice.
Renew in Person
Visit any Watercraft Registration Agent. It's best to call ahead for hours. Bring proof of identification.
Replace Lost Registration
- Division of Watercraft
- 2045 Morse Road
- Building A
- Columbus, Ohio 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.
Other Topics in This Section
- Proficiency Exam: Take the exam at any Watercraft office, by appointment only.
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- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
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- Replacing a Lost Title
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- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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