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Every watercraft operated on Ohio water shall be numbered by this state or in compliance with their own state numbering system and shall properly display the number.

  • Watercraft exempt from Ohio numbering are those:
    • Documented by the U.S. Coast Guard (must be registered)
    • Numbered by another state and not used in this state for more than 60 days
    • From a country other than the United States temporarily using Ohio water
    • Owned by the United States, a state, or a political subdivision
    • Ship's lifeboat (a "lifeboat" is held aboard another vessel and used exclusively for emergency purposes)
    • Exempted by the chief of the Division of Watercraft
    • Under a waiver issued for a race or special event
    • Hand-powered canoes, rowboats, and inflatable vessels if registered under section 1547.54 of the Revised Code (must have Alternative Registration)
  • A watercraft numbered by this state shall display the number as described in ORC 1547.57.