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Vehicle Registration

Other Types of Vehicles

Hybrid and Plug-In Electric

Pursuant to Ohio Revised Code 4503.10(C)(3) and (4), registration applications received after January 1, 2020, for a Hybrid or Electric vehicle will be assessed an additional $100 or $200 fee respectively per registration year. The fee is charged when a qualifying vehicle is registered for the first time, and for all subsequent registration renewals. Vehicles being renewed for multiple years will be charged the fee for each year of the registration period. This fee will not be prorated, and the entire hybrid/electric fee is due at the time of registration, even if the registration period is less than 12 months.

Hybrid

  • A passenger car with a combustion engine and a battery cell energy system that cannot be recharged via an external source of electricity but can be recharged by other vehicle mechanisms that capture and store electric energy
  • Model year 2009 or newer
  • National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) identifies the vehicle’s fuel type based upon the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and model year

Plug-in Electric

  • A passenger car powered wholly or in part by a battery cell energy system that can be recharged via an external source of electricity.
  • Model year 2009 or newer
  • NHTSA identifies the vehicle’s fuel type based upon the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and model year

Fuel Type Calculation

  • The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) utilizes a VIN Decoding Program provided by NHTSA to determine a vehicle’s fuel type.

Self-Declare

  • At the time of renewal if your vehicle’s fuel type cannot be decoded by NHTSA (fuel type is ‘unknown’), you will receive a Fuel Type Required for Vehicle Registration Renewal letter (BMV 4641) notifying you to renew at a local Deputy Registrar or at OPLATES.com and self-declare your fuel type.
  • During a renewal transaction at a Deputy Registrar if your vehicle’s fuel type cannot be decoded by NHTSA (fuel type is ‘unknown’) you must complete an Unknown Vehicle Fuel Type Affidavit for Registration (BMV 4740).

Dispute

  • If an individual believes the fuel type determination is incorrect, the individual must pay the fee at the time of registration, and may then complete the Dispute of Vehicle Fuel Type for Registration (BMV 4741) if they wish to dispute the fuel type determination. The form, along with supporting documentation, must be mailed to the address on the form with supporting documentation. The BMV will review the supporting documents and if the BMV determines that NHTSA’s fuel type was incorrect, a refund will be issued to the registrant named on the vehicle registration. The BMV will notify the registrant by mail of the final decision.
  • If the fuel type fee is not paid, the registration will not be issued.

Ohio Revised Code: 4503.10, 4501.01

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