Titling a Motor Vehicle
Buying and Titling a Used Motor Vehicle in Ohio
The seller must complete the ‘assignment of ownership’ portion on the back of the title including:
- Purchase price
- Buyers’ information
- Date of transfer
- Current mileage in the presence of a deputy clerk or notary public. The deputy clerk or notary public will verify all fields are properly completed, witness the seller’s signature and notarize the document. Upon completion, the seller can present the title to you to finalize the transfer.
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. Any alterations or omissions may void your title.
Ownership of the vehicle will remain in the transferor/seller’s name as it appears on the front of the title until the title is completely transferred to the transferee/buyer’s name and a new title is issued with the new owner’s name.
- The buyer will pay sales and use tax on the purchase price of the vehicle.
- Title transfers must take place within 30 days of the date of sale, otherwise a late fee will be assessed.
- Dual ownership requires both parties to be present unless a notarized power of attorney is provided. Social Security numbers for all parties are required. Photocopies of title are not accepted.
- If you choose to have a 45-day temporary tag issued, it must be obtained before you transfer the vehicle title into your name. Once an Ohio title is established, you will only be able to purchase permanent Ohio license plates.
- If you have a lien holder, it must be noted on the assignment portion of the title (click here for current fee).
What Do I Need to Bring to the Title Office?
Ohio Revised Code: 2921.13