Form DNR8455 "Notice of Change of Address/Destruction of Watercraft/Change of Ownership" - Ohio

What Is an Ohio Boat Bill of Sale?

Form DNR 8455, Change of Address/Ownership/Destruction of Watercraft is the official state-issued form that must be completed to document the transfer of a vessel from the seller to the purchaser. It is required to prove ownership of the sold boat and to release the previous owner from any liability for the watercraft. If filled out properly, it is accepted by all government agencies.

Alternate Name:

  • Ohio Boat Bill of Sale.

This form was released by the Division of Parks and Watercraft of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. The latest version of this document was issued on December 1, 2016, with all previous editions obsolete. You can download Form DNR 8455 through the link below.

Does a Boat Bill of Sale have to be Notarized in Ohio?

Form DNR8455 does not need to be notarized. The only document that requires notarization is the title: the previous owner must fill out the transfer section on the back of the form in the presence of a notary public and present this document to the buyer.

After that, the buyer takes the title to the title office to complete the ownership transfer. It is possible to legally operate the vessel while waiting for the title if you purchase a temporary registration.

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How to Get an Ohio Boat Title with a Bill of Sale?

The seller must transfer the title to the buyer before the latter attempts to register the boat. No individual is permitted to sell a vessel in Ohio without a certificate of title. The purchaser is not considered a legal owner of the boat and cannot register it unless the title is in the buyer's name.

Registrations are mandatory for every recreational watercraft in Ohio, including sailboats, canoes, kayaks, powerboats, and inflatable boats. To register a boat, it is necessary to take the title (with the new owner's name on it) and the application for watercraft registration to a registration agent at any title office, or mail the documents directly to the Division of Parks and Watercraft. Boat registrations are valid for three years. The registration fee depends on the size of the boat, the type of boat propeller, and the type of registration.

An Ohio Bill of Sale for Boat may be completed by the vessel owner in case of destruction or change of address and by the boat seller if the watercraft changes ownership.

In the event of a change of address, state the boat identification numbers, owner's former and new addresses, and the actual date. If the boat was destroyed, write down its identification number, make, and your name and address. When the boat changes the owner, you must indicate the boat's identification number and the personal details of both the seller and the purchaser. In every case, the form must be signed and dated.


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State of Ohio
Department of Natural Resources
DIVISION OF PARKS & WATERCRAFT
2045 Morse Road, Building A • Columbus, Ohio 43229
1-877-4BOATER
• 614-265-6480 • Fax 614-784-5987
(in Ohio only)
watercraft.ohiodnr.gov
NOTICE OF:
o CHANGE OF ADDRESS
o DESTRUCTION OF WATERCRAFT
o CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
Check applicable block(s)
PLEASE PRINT OR TYPE
This form must be completed by the boat owner in the case of change of address or destruction and by the watercraft seller
in the case of change of ownership. It must be mailed within 15 days directly to the Division of Parks & Watercraft.
NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS
1. Ohio Watercraft No.
OH ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
U.S. Documentation No. _________________________
2. Owner Name ___________________________________________________________________________________
3. Former Street Address ___________________________________________________________________________
4. Former City ____________________________________________ State ________ Zip Code ________________
5. New Street Address _____________________________________________________________________________
6. New City _______________________________________________ State ________ Zip Code ________________
7. County ________________________________________________________________________________________
________________
____________________________________
_____________________________________
DATE
SIGNATURE OF OWNER
SIGNATURE OF CO-OWNER
NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF WATERCRAFT
1. Ohio Watercraft No.
OH ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
U.S. Documentation No. _________________________
2. Owner Name ___________________________________________________________________________________
3. Owner Street Address ____________________________________________________________________________
4. Owner City _____________________________________________ State ________ Zip Code ________________
5. Hull Identification No. ____________________________________________________________________________
6. Make _________________________________________________________________________________________
________________
____________________________________
_____________________________________
DATE
SIGNATURE OF OWNER
SIGNATURE OF CO-OWNER
NOTICE OF CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
Make ________________________________________
1. Ohio Watercraft No.
OH ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
Hull Identification No. ____________________________
2. Seller Name ___________________________________________________________________________________
3. Seller Street Address ____________________________________________________________________________
4. Seller City ______________________________________________ State ________ Zip Code ________________
5. Buyer Name ___________________________________________________________________________________
6. Buyer Address __________________________________________________________________________________
7. Buyer City ______________________________________________ State ________ Zip Code ________________
________________
____________________________________
_____________________________________
DATE
SIGNATURE OF OWNER
SIGNATURE OF CO-OWNER
DNR 8455
Rev. 12/16
State of Ohio
Department of Natural Resources
DIVISION OF PARKS & WATERCRAFT
2045 Morse Road, Building A • Columbus, Ohio 43229
1-877-4BOATER
• 614-265-6480 • Fax 614-784-5987
(in Ohio only)
watercraft.ohiodnr.gov
NOTICE OF:
o CHANGE OF ADDRESS
o DESTRUCTION OF WATERCRAFT
o CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
Check applicable block(s)
PLEASE PRINT OR TYPE
This form must be completed by the boat owner in the case of change of address or destruction and by the watercraft seller
in the case of change of ownership. It must be mailed within 15 days directly to the Division of Parks & Watercraft.
NOTICE OF CHANGE OF ADDRESS
1. Ohio Watercraft No.
OH ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
U.S. Documentation No. _________________________
2. Owner Name ___________________________________________________________________________________
3. Former Street Address ___________________________________________________________________________
4. Former City ____________________________________________ State ________ Zip Code ________________
5. New Street Address _____________________________________________________________________________
6. New City _______________________________________________ State ________ Zip Code ________________
7. County ________________________________________________________________________________________
________________
____________________________________
_____________________________________
DATE
SIGNATURE OF OWNER
SIGNATURE OF CO-OWNER
NOTICE OF DESTRUCTION OF WATERCRAFT
1. Ohio Watercraft No.
OH ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
U.S. Documentation No. _________________________
2. Owner Name ___________________________________________________________________________________
3. Owner Street Address ____________________________________________________________________________
4. Owner City _____________________________________________ State ________ Zip Code ________________
5. Hull Identification No. ____________________________________________________________________________
6. Make _________________________________________________________________________________________
________________
____________________________________
_____________________________________
DATE
SIGNATURE OF OWNER
SIGNATURE OF CO-OWNER
NOTICE OF CHANGE OF OWNERSHIP
Make ________________________________________
1. Ohio Watercraft No.
OH ___ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___
Hull Identification No. ____________________________
2. Seller Name ___________________________________________________________________________________
3. Seller Street Address ____________________________________________________________________________
4. Seller City ______________________________________________ State ________ Zip Code ________________
5. Buyer Name ___________________________________________________________________________________
6. Buyer Address __________________________________________________________________________________
7. Buyer City ______________________________________________ State ________ Zip Code ________________
________________
____________________________________
_____________________________________
DATE
SIGNATURE OF OWNER
SIGNATURE OF CO-OWNER
DNR 8455
Rev. 12/16