Vehicle Registration

New Registration

First-Time Issuance

All registrants must sign a proof of Financial Responsibility Statement. For more information regarding Financial Responsibility in Ohio, click HERE.

The first time registering a vehicle in Ohio, you must visit a local deputy registrar license agency and provide:

  • If leased, a lease agreement and power of attorney documents
  • If vehicle is in an E-Check county, E-Check will be required
  • If proof of weight is required, find Ohio weigh stations HERE

And, based upon the below vehicle type, the following:

Passenger Car and Motorcycle

  • Ohio Certificate of Title or Memorandum of Title
  • Ohio driver license, state ID or Social Security number
  • Tax ID number if titled in a business name

Non-Commercial Truck

Non-Commercial Trailer

  • Weighs less than 4,000 lbs.
  • Title is not issued
  • Ohio driver license or state ID
  • Proof of weight: Official Weight Slip (form BMV 5721), or Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) / Statement of Origin (MSO), or if using previous owner’s Ohio registration, complete a notarized Affidavit of Original Weight (form BMV 5728) available at any local deputy registrar license agency

Limousine

Commercial Truck

Commercial Trailer

Motor Home, House Vehicle or Recreational Vehicle

Farm Truck

Commercial Bus

  • Ohio Certificate of Title or Memorandum of Title
  • Owner’s tax ID or Social Security number
  • Sign financial responsibility forms
  • Verbal declaration of weight and seating capacity
  • If required to pay taxes, proof of HVUT payment
  • Completed Safety Inspection Report (form HP127B) provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol upon inspection completion.

School Bus

Church Bus

  • Ohio Certificate of Title or Memorandum of Title
  • Owner’s tax ID or Social Security number
  • Sign financial responsibility forms
  • Verbal declaration of weight and seating capacity
  • Declaration of Knowledge (form PUC 3422)
  • If required to pay taxes, proof of HVUT payment
  • Safety Inspection Report (form BMV 4908) available at any local deputy registrar license agency

Transit Bus

  • Ohio Certificate of Title or Memorandum of Title
  • Owner’s tax ID or Social Security number
  • Sign financial responsibility forms
  • Verbal declaration of weight and seating capacity
  • Declaration of Knowledge (form PUC 3422)
  • If required to pay taxes, proof of HVUT payment
  • Safety Inspection Report (form HP127B) provided by the Ohio State Highway Patrol upon inspection completion

Methods for Registration

In person at your local deputy registrar license agency.

Ohio Revised Code: 4501.01

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