Ohio Boat Bill of Sale Form

Updated June 23, 2022

An Ohio boat bill of sale is a legal document that provides a record of the transfer of ownership of a boat. The form will identify the buyer and the seller, describe the vehicle changing hands, and recount the terms of the transfer of ownership. This document may be used in the registration process.

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Registering a Boat

Every recreational boat operating in Ohio waters must be registered with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR), including canoes, kayaks and paddleboats. (However, canoes, kayaks and non-motorized boats less than 14 feet long do not need to be titled.) The ODNR does not stipulate how soon after purchase a buyer must register a boat, but best practice is to do so as soon as possible. Registrations are issued for three years, concluding for all registrants on March 1. Once registered, boat registration may be renewed online.

Where to Register

Registration may be completed at an authorized boat registration agent or watercraft office. The ODNR advises applicants to contact the desired location ahead of time to check on hours during which registration services are provided and the forms of payment accepted.

Required Documents

  • A completed Certified Watercraft Registration Application (DNR 8460R)
  • A Bill of Sale
  • If the boat needs to be titled, a notarized copy of the original title signed over to the buyer, or for new vehicles purchased through a dealer, a manufacturer’s statement of origin. For a list of Ohio Title Offices where title may be officially transferred, click here
  • Valid driver’s license or identification
  • Payment of all registration fees, which will vary depending upon the length of the boat and the means of propulsion. A fee schedule is available in the “What it Costs” section here