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Ohio Boat Registration
Registration can be obtained from any authorized registration agent or any Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Watercraft office.

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