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Register a Boat in Ohio
The process of learning how to successfully dock your boat or securely tie your lines can instill feelings of accomplishment and confidence. Rewarding feelings like these and opportunities for personal growth are just two more reasons to own a boat. After buying a boat, you will need to apply for your Ohio boat registration and learn state boating rules.
Register Your Boat
OHIO BOATING LAWS AND REGULATIONS
Before stepping behind the helm, you need to know the boating laws and regulations that apply in the State. Many states require boaters to complete a safe boating course or exam in order to operate a boat. Once you have your Ohio boat registration, read a boating guide and know the state laws so that your days spent on the water are happy, safe and worry-free.
IT’S NOT A FEE, IT’S A CONTRIBUTION
Boat registration fees are important because they help maintain and conserve Ohio waterways. These fees are used by the state to help sustain our natural resources and promote responsible boating.
OHIO BOAT REGISTRATION INFORMATION
- New boats can be registered in person at a Boat Registration Agent or through the mail to a Watercraft office.
- The cost of your registration depends on the length of your boat, how it is propelled, and which type of registration you are buying.
- Boat registrations are valid for three years and expire on March 1.