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ODPS | BMV | Titling Information
Title issuance is performed by the county title clerks, not the Ohio BMV. Send all title applications, lien releases and lien cancellations to the main title office of the appropriate county as listed HERE.
If you have already contacted the Clerk of the Courts Title Office but still need assistance from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, click here for required documentation and steps necessary to proceed with the Statement of Facts to the BMV.
An Ohio motor vehicle dealer is required to provide you with your new title within 30 days of the purchase of your new vehicle. Ensure that the dealer has your name exactly as you want it to appear on your title as well as your county of residence.
If you buy a vehicle from an individual, you as the purchaser are responsible for the transfer of the title. The title must be obtained from the title office in any county. DO NOT complete any part of the application on the reverse side of the title, unless it is done in the presense of a Notary Public. All signatures must be notarized.
Commercial trailers weighing 4000 pounds or more are required to be titled. Certificates of Title is not issued on any commercial or utility trailer weighing less than 4000 pounds. The sale, purchase or mortgage of a trailer is the same as a motor vehicle except for the odometer statement, which is not required. To obtain license plates contact any Deputy Registrar's office.
The surviving spouse can take title to one or two passenger vehicle(s) not disposed of by Will. This can be done by a Surviving Spouse Affidavit, death certificate and the application portion of the reverse side of the title properly completed. The affidavits are available from any title office. Other transfers must be accompanied by a proper entry from the Probate Court.
A vehicle can be titled to two owners as joint tenants with rights of survivorship (WROS). For example, the title can be issued to: John Doe and Mary Doe WROS. While both parties are living, both signatures are required. When one of the parties passes away, the survivor may bring the title and a copy of the death certificate to transfer the title to the survivor.
For a more thorough explanation of transferring a title for a surviving spouse, please click here.
When you dismantle, destroy or change the character of your automobile so that it no longer is a complete car, you must surrender your Certificate of Title to the title office for cancellation. When you sell your vehicle to a junk dealer, you must assign the title to the dealer and have your signature notarized. We suggest that you make a front and back copy of the title and keep it in a safe place for your record.
If you are making payments on your vehicle or if you apply for a loan using your vehicle as collateral, always insist upon getting a Memorandum Certificate of Title. With this copy, you can obtain your first set of license plates. You CANNOT transfer ownership of your motor vehicle with the Memorandum title.
State and Federal Law requires that an odometer statement be completed on most vehicle title transactions. The current Ohio Certificate of Title has the necessary statement on the reverse side of the title. The older yellow (gold) title require a separate federal odometer statement which can be obtained from any title office. Please click here if you would like to see what an odometer statement should look like.
When you are converting or transferring title to a vehicle that was last titled in another state, the following is required:
The actual Certificate of Title; copies are not acceptable. If your out of state title reflects an open lien, proper evidence of its extinction or a copy of the security agreement or loan contract covering the vehicle is required. If your title is held by a lienholder, any title office can provide the necessary paperwork to request the original title.
Out of State Inspection Form
Any vehicle last previously registered or titled in another state must have a physical inspection, before being titled in Ohio. This is NOT a safety inspection. The inspection of your vehicle will verify the year, make, body type, model, and manufacturer's serial number or vehicle identification number (VIN). All license agencies offer this service as well as many car dealerships. Call ahead and ask for the service department.
You will be given the completed inspection form. Please contact the clerk of the Courts Title Office as well as where you get your inspection completed, for fees involved.
Ohio Revised Code 4505.06 requires the sales and use tax to be paid in cash, certified check or money order to the title office before a new title can be issued. We would advise you to contact your county clerks office for payment requirements.
A person can sign or act on behalf of another person with a notarized Power of Attorney. The Power of Attorney is attached to the application for Certificate of Title and becomes a part of the permanent file.
If the original title is lost, stolen or destroyed, you may obtain a duplicate Certificate of Title. The duplicate title can only be applied for by the owner(s) or lienholder of the vehicle. If after the duplicate has been issued, and the original is found, the original must be returned to the title office for cancellation.
Sales tax is required to be paid when you purchase an automobile. Sales tax is figured on the purchase price of the vehicle. If the vehicle is new and has never been titled, the tax will be figured on the difference between the purchase price and any trade-in amount.
If you buy a vehicle outside of Ohio for use in Ohio, credit may be given for any tax paid to the other state and may be deducted from taxes due in Ohio.
Upon satisfaction of your lien or mortgage, you should receive the original Certificate of Title from the bank or finance company. The lien should be discharged and there should be a clerk of courts stamp on the title that states LIEN CANCELED.
DO NOT fill out the assignment on the reverse side of the Certificate of Title until an actual sale has been made. Make certain that you know the proper name and address of the buyer before making the assignment. You as the seller, are required to state the actual purchase price and the odometer reading of the vehicle. You must sign the title exactly as the title was issued to you and your signature must be notarized. When sale is to an individual, make a copy of the completed, notarized assignment for your personal record of date of sale/transfer.
When installing a camping unit on a pickup truck, you must record this "body change" with the title office you originally went to. Both original titles for the truck camper and the pickup truck will be required for this change. The new title will show a body type of Motor home.
When a title is going into or coming out of more than one name, all parties must sign in the presence of a Notary Public. The title will reflect the conjunction "and." No Ohio title will be issued with the conjunction "or."
Anytime an individual is involved in a motor vehicle accident and a police report is made, all parties listed on the police report have an entry of that accident placed on their driving record. When this entry is placed on the record, there are no points assessed and it does not specify who was at fault.
Copies of crashes investigated by the Ohio State Highway Patrol may be obtained by writing to:
Ohio Department of Public Safety
Ohio State Highway Patrol
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
There is a $4.00 fee for each copy requested. Questions regarding accident reports can be directed to the Central Records at (614) 466-3536.
NOTE: A Police Report is different from a State Crash Report