Vehicle Titles

Title-Related Processes

Transferring an Out-of-State Title to Ohio

In order to register a vehicle and obtain license plates in Ohio, an out-of-state title must be converted to an Ohio title.

  • For dual ownership, both parties must be present, unless a power of attorney is provided.
  • Social Security numbers are required for all parties.
  • Photocopies of a title are not accepted.
  • If your lienholder has your title, you must complete a transfer request form and send it to your lienholder. Please contact a County Clerk of Courts Title Office to obtain the form.
  • For out-of-state leasing dealers, a leasing permit number and a valid Ohio use tax account number (99-XXXXXX) are required.

Prior to completing the title transfer, the transferor and transferee must verify the accuracy of the odometer listing and all other information on the certificate of title.

What Do I Need to Bring to the Title Office?

  • Out-of-state title certificate
  • Acceptable identification (please contact your County Clerk of Courts Title Office for details) and payment for title fees.
  • An out-of-state VIN inspection; inspections can be obtained at any Ohio deputy registrar license agency (click HERE for current fee) or any licensed Ohio motor vehicle dealership (call ahead for fee)
  • A lien release from your lien holder if you don’t have the paper title showing lien discharge signed by your lienholder
  • For lease transactions only, two original powers of attorney from lessor (one to obtain an Ohio title and one to obtain vehicle registration and license plates)
  • Payment for title fees

Ohio Revised Code: 2921.13

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