Registration of Watercraft
Numbering a watercraft and registering a watercraft are two separate functions. No person shall operate any watercraft without a valid registration.
- Evidence of registration is shown by displaying two registration tags and carrying the valid registration certificate on board the vessel. A single rectangular tag is displayed on hand-powered vessels with Alternative Registration.
- Before boating, a new owner must take the previous registration form with the transfer section completed by the seller to any watercraft registration agent, even if the registration has not expired. However, if a watercraft requiring a title is transferred to a new owner, the watercraft may be operated for up to 45 days provided the new owner carries on board either of the following:
- A temporary watercraft registration from an authorized registration agent or ...
- A dealer's bill of sale which meets the requirements necessary to serve as a temporary registration.
- Watercraft exempt from registration are:
- "Bellyboat"/"float tubes," kiteboards, paddleboards, and sailboards
- Those exempt from numbering except documented vessels
- Those issued commercial documentation and used exclusively for commercial purposes
- Vessels meeting another state’s registration requirements which are used in Ohio for less than 60 days