Watercraft 14 feet and longer in length and watercraft less than 14 feet long that have a permanently affixed mechanical means of propulsion with 10 horsepower or more must be titled. Canoes and kayaks do not require a Certificate of Title. The Federal Boating Act requires all boats to have a Hull Identification Number or serial number that is at least 12 characters long.
Outboard Motor Title
Outboard motors 10 horsepower or greater require a Certificate of Title.
Jet Skis Title
Jet skis and similar watercraft purchased after January, 2000 require a Certificate of Title.
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 notarized bill of sale to any Clerk of Courts titling office.
When registering a boat for the first time you must provide proof of ownership. Proof of ownership may include:
- Certificate of Title;
- Manufacturer's Statement of Origin (MSO);
- Bill of sale; or,
- Registration assigned to the buyer.
Boat registrations in Ohio are valid for up to three years. Watercraft registrations expire March 1st of the expiration year. The cost of your registration depends on the length of your boat, how it is propelled, and which type of registration you are purchasing.
WATERCRAFT REGISTRATION IS AVAILABLE AT ALL OUR LOCATIONS.
Hours of Operation are:
Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
(The Hamilton location is not open on Saturday)