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Ohio Registration and Title FAQ and Documents

FAQ
Ohio Registration and Title Information
Summary of boat registration and titling rules in Ohio
How do you register a boat in Ohio?
In Ohio, you can register your boat online, by mail, in person, or at the ODNR Field Offices and ODNR Central Office
Where do you register your boat in Ohio?
In Ohio, you register your boat at the DNR-Watercraft
What boats are required to be registered in Ohio?
The following boats are required to be registered in Ohio: Registrations are required for every recreational boat in Ohio, including powerboats, sailboats, canoes, kayaks, pedal boats, and inflatable boats. NOTE: Kiteboards, paddleboards, and belly boats (or float tubes) do NOT have to be registered as boats in Ohio.
What boats do not require registration in Ohio?
The following boats are not required to be registered in Ohio: Government- State Entity owned example State Owned schools; Also paddleboards, float tubes and ship's lifeboat
Are USCG documented boats required to be registered in Ohio?
USCG documented boats are required to be registered in Ohio
How much does it cost to register a boat in Ohio?
To register a boat in Ohio, the fees are as follows: • Any Length Canoe/Kayak hand power Traditional $20.00, • Any Length Canoe/Kayak motorized $33.00; • Less than 16 feet $33.00; • 16-26 feet $48.00; • 26-40 feet $63.00; • 40-65 feet $78.00; • 65 feet or longer $93.00. • Add $5.00 to each length category if it is a sail only vessel. • Cost to Transfer Ownership of an Unexpired Registration: $5
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat registration in Ohio?
A duplicate boat registration in Ohio costs $4
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat decal in Ohio?
A duplicate boat decal in Ohio costs $4
How much does it cost to transfer a boat registration in Ohio?
Transfering a boat registration in Ohio will cost you $5.00 with time remaining, otherwise a free transfer.
Does Ohio title boats?
Boats are titled in Ohio
Where do you title your boat in Ohio?
In Ohio, boats are titled through the DMV/Clerk Of Courts
What boats are required to be titled in Ohio?
Boats that are required to be titled in Ohio include: Outboards ≥ 10HP; Watercraft ≥ 14ft; Watercraft < 14ft but with a mechanical means of propulsion ≥ 10HP.
What boats do not require a title in Ohio?
Documented vessels as well as Canoes and Kayaks are exempt from titling in Ohio
How much does it cost to title a boat in Ohio?
The following fees apply to boat titling in Ohio: • Certificate- $15; • Duplicate- $15; • Replacement - $15; • Memorandum - $5; • Late Fee (>30 days) - $5; • Title, Lien, and Memorandum all together- $15
How much does it cost to get a duplicate boat title in Ohio?
A duplicate boat title in Ohio costs $15
How much does it cost to record a lien on a boat in Ohio?
Recording a lien in Ohio will cost you $5
Does Ohio require boat inspections?
When there is an unknown HIN, or the boat came from another/state/country without proper documentation, the boat will require an inspection in Ohio
What is the sales tax rate for boats in Ohio?
The following rule applies for sales tax on boats in Ohio: When a vessel is bought new it will have taxes added to the total sale. If it is used and a titled vessel it will be taxed on the amount sold for when applying for the new title.
What is the sales tax cap for boats in Ohio?
In Ohio, the sales tax cap is determined by each county of residence.
Does Ohio have an annual tax on boats?
Ohio has an annual personal property tax on boats.
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