|Ohio Boating Registration
Ohio Boat Titles
In Ohio, you are legally required to obtain an Ohio Certificate of title if your boat falls into any of the following categories:
Titling ExceptionsThe following are exempt from Ohio's titling requirement:
No person shall operate any watercraft without a valid registration. Evidence of registration is shown by displaying two square registration tags or a rectangular tag (Alternative Registration for hand-powered vessels only) and carrying the valid registration certificate on board the vessel.
Once a proper application is submitted with the required fee, you will receive a Certificate of Registration and two (2) validation decals. The Certificate of Registration must be carried on board when boat is in use. The validation decals must be affixed to the boat. See below for placement instructions.
Registration Exceptions The following are exempt from Ohio's registration requirement:
Numbering Your Vessel
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 assigned number.The following are exempt from Ohio's numbering requirement:
Once your boat has been assigned a registration number and decals, you must display them on your boat correctly. The registration number must be displayed on each side of the bow, read from left to right and in a position to be distinctly visible. The letters and numbers must be of a plain BLOCK design, at least three (3) inches tall and of a color that contrasts to the color of the hull. There must be a letter size space or hyphen between letter and number groups:
Correct: OH 1234 YZ or OH-1234-YZ
Registration decals are to be placed within six inches behind (toward the stern) and in line with the registration number. This means the decal is placed 6” before the registration number on the starboard, (right) side and 6” after the registration number on the port, (left) side.
Upon renewal on March 1 every three years, you are to remove your old registration decals before affixing the current ones.
Before you can title or register your homemade boat, you must first apply for a 12-digit Hull Identification Number (HIN) with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Watercraft division (ODNR).
To learn more about titling an registering your boat in Ohio, please click here.