2008-02-16 / News

Boat registrations can be done on-line

COLUMBUS - Ohio boat owners with registrations set to expire March 1 are encouraged to visit ohiodnr.com on the Internet to conveniently renew their registrations well in advance of the summer boating season.

Last year, more than 10,000 watercraft registrations were renewed through the online system, which can be accessed 24 hours a day through September 30, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Watercraft.

Watercraft registrations in Ohio are valid for a period of three years. Renewal notices recently were mailed to boat owners whose registrations will expire this year. Fees remain unchanged from last year.

Ohio registered more than 414,000 watercraft in 2007 - a slight increase from the 412,578 registered in 2006.

Address changes for boat owners also can be made through ODNR's online system. Incorrect or outdated boat registration information must be corrected by directly contacting a watercraft registration agent. New registrations and those renewed online must include a 12-character Hull IdentificationNumber.

A listing of Ohio watercraft registration agents is available at ohiodnr.com and by calling the Division of Watercraft toll-free at 877-4BOATER (877-426-2837).

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