Boats 14 feet and longer and outboard motors with 10 horsepower or more require Certificates of Title. Canoes and kayaks do not require a Certificate of Title. Watercraft less than 14 feet long that have permanently affixed mechanical means of propulsion with 10 horsepower or more must also be titled. This includes wave runners, jet skis and jet boats. The Federal Boating Act requires all boats to have a Hull Identification Number or serial number that is at least 12 characters long.
Jet skis and similar watercraft owned prior to January, 2000 do not require a Certificate of Title. However, owners are required to obtain a Certificate of Title if they wish to sell, mortgage, or otherwise dispose of their watercraft. To obtain a Certificate of Title, owners must present a manufacturer's statement of origin, a sworn statement of ownership or a bill of sale to any Clerk of Courts titling office.
Off-road Motorcycles and All Terrain Vehicles
Listed below are acceptable types of evidence that may be used by the Clerk of Courts title office for title issuance on ATVs and off-road motorcycles:
One of the following:
Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin
Title from another state which is in the buyer's name or assigned to the buyer
Ohio Certificate of Title which has been assigned to the buyer
Current or expired registration
Notarized bill of sale
Current insurance policy or declaration page in the buyer's name that describes the vehicle
Vehicle Identification Number, year, make and model
Warranty order in the buyer's name that describes the vehicle by Vehicle Identification Number, year, make and model
Security agreement that lists the owner, lender, Vehicle Identification Number, year, make and model
Two or more of the following:
An out-of-state inspection obtained from a deputy registrar
A sworn, notarized affidavit by a person other than the owner attesting to applicant's ownership
Receipts in applicant's name for the purchase of parts or components
Photographs or pencil tracings of the Vehicle Identification Number
A sworn, notarized affidavit declaring ownership of the vehicle by the applicant
All vehicles must be titled before they may be registered. Dealers are required to provide a title for all terrain vehicles and off-road motorcycles within thirty (30) days from the date of purchase.
Ohio law does not require the issuance of a title for snowmobiles. However, the law does require that snowmobiles are registered with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Registrar. Proof of ownership must be established at the time of registration with a dealer's bill of sale or a snowmobile/moped affidavit form. For further information, contact the Deputy Registrar locations in Butler County:
West Chester Title Office
4872 Union Centre Pavillion Drive
West Chester, OH 45069
Fairfield Deputy Registrar
530 Wessel Drive, Suite L
Fairfield, Ohio 45014
Hamilton West Deputy Registrar
138 North Brookwood Avenue
Hamilton, Ohio 45013
Middletown Deputy Registrar
3232 Roosevelt Boulevard
Middletown, Ohio 45044
Assignment of Ownership
Once a sale has been made, the seller must complete the “Assignment of Ownership” section of the original Ohio Certificate of Title. The completion of this section must be witnessed by a Notary Public or Title Clerk. The seller also must fill in sale date, selling price, and the buyer's name and address. The seller must sign his or her name exactly as it appears on the face of the original title. If there is more than one seller, all sellers must sign the title. Any erasures or alterations void the title assignment. The Notary Public or Title Clerk will affix his or her signature and seal. This completes the seller's part in the title transfer process.
Application for Certificate of Title
Once the seller completes the “Assignment of Ownership” section of the title, the buyer must complete the “Application for Certificate of Title” section. The completion of this section must be witnessed by a Notary Public or Title Clerk. The buyer can opt to bring the assigned title to any Clerk of Courts title office to complete this section and obtain a new title at the same time. If there is more than one buyer, all buyers will need to sign the title. The buyer will be required to show a photo identification. If the buyer's social security number is not on the photo identification, he or she also must present a social security card.