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How to Get a New Jet Ski Title

by Si Kingston; Updated October 25, 2017

Items you will need

  • State-issued identification card

  • Registration or bill of sale

Many states require that you register a jet ski with the appropriate state agency before operating it on public waterways. Like a car, a jet ski receives registration and title documents to prove ownership. If you've misplaced your title, you can order a copy from the state. A new owner who purchased a jet ski without a title may be able to get the title without the aid of the previous owner. However, in some states like Ohio, the previous owner will have to order the title and then transfer the title to you as the new owner.

Submit the bill of sale, if you are a new owner, or registration document and your state-issued identification card to the representative at the appropriate state department. In many states, the Department of Motor Vehicles will handle watercrafts. Ensure that the bill of sale includes the name and signatures of the previous owner(s) in the seller field and your full name in the buyer field. Current owners can submit the registration document.

Complete the registration paperwork at the department to register the jet ski, if it is not already. Enter the owner's full name, address and the hull identification number on the paperwork. The hull number is usually visible on the front end of the jet ski, on the bill of sale or on the registration document.

Pay the required registration and titling fees. Once the paperwork is processed, you will receive a new title in the mail.

About the Author

Si Kingston has been an online content contributor since 2004, with work appearing on websites such as MadeMan. She is a professional screenwriter and young-adult novelist and was awarded the Marion-Hood Boesworth Award for Young Fiction in 2008. Kingston holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Mills College.

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