The watercraft titling law went into effect on January 1, 1964. This law requires boats 14 feet and longer and outboard motors of 10 horsepower and greater to be titled. A title is not generally issued for a boat trailer only because titles are not issued to trailers weighing less than 4000 pounds. Effective in 1973, all certificates of origin for boats must have a 12 digit Hull Identification number. Effective January 1, 2000, Ohio law provides for the titling of personal watercraft (commonly called jet skis, wave runners. etc.). A title must be issued for one of these items regardless of length if the motor is 10 horsepower or greater. These vessels are titled as inboard boats. An outboard boat and outboard motor will have separate titles. Inboard or inboard/outboard boats have one title describing the boat. The title transfer process is completed and liens are filed in the same manner as motor vehicle titles with two exceptions:
*****No out of state inspection is needed on a boat coming in from out of state. If the boat doesn't have a 12 digit HIN then it must be inspected by a Watercraft Officer through the Ohio Dept. Natural Resources.
*****No odometer statement is required
*****Canoes and Kayaks are not titled in Ohio