§ 96.47  CERTIFICATE OF TITLE; EXCEPTIONS.
   (A)   No person, except as provided in § 96.48, shall sell or otherwise dispose of a watercraft or outboard motor without delivering to the purchaser or transferee a physical certificate of title with an assignment on it as is necessary to show title in the purchaser or transferee; nor shall any person purchase or otherwise acquire a watercraft or outboard motor without obtaining a certificate of title for it in the person’s name in accordance with R.C. Chapter 1548; however, a purchaser may take possession of and operate a watercraft or outboard motor on the waters in this state without a certificate of title for a period not exceeding 30 days if the purchaser has been issued and has in the purchaser’s possession a dealer’s dated bill of sale, or in the case of a casual sale, a notarized bill of sale.
(R.C. § 1548.03)
   (B)   Division (A) of this section and §§ 96.48 and 96.49 do not apply to any of the following:
      (1)   A watercraft covered by a marine document in effect that has been assigned to it by the United States government pursuant to federal law;
      (2)   A watercraft from a country other than the United States temporarily using the waters in this state;
      (3)   A watercraft whose owner is the United States, a state, or a political subdivision of a state;
      (4)   A ship’s lifeboat. As used in this division (B)(4), LIFEBOAT means a watercraft that is held aboard another vessel and used exclusively for emergency purposes;
      (5)   A canoe;
      (6)   A watercraft less than 14 feet in length without a permanently affixed mechanical means of propulsion;
      (7)   A watercraft less than 14 feet in length with a permanently fixed mechanical means of propulsion of less than ten horsepower as determined by the manufacturer’s rating;
      (8)   Outboard motors of less than ten horsepower as determined by the manufacturer’s rating.
   (C)   The various certificates, applications, and assign- ments necessary to provide certificates of title for watercraft and outboard motors shall be made on appropriate forms ap- proved by the Chief of the Division of Parks and Watercraft.
(R.C. § 1548.01(B), (C)) (Rev. 2017)
   (D)   Whoever violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.
(Rev. 2002)