Ohio Car Title
Do you need a car title in Ohio? We've collected helpful information to assist you with everything you need to receive your car title in Ohio. Select from the options below to get started.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide" containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the BMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local BMV.
3: Via a local BMV office
If you prefer to access BMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical BMV office location. Varying BMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the BMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local BMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
New Ohio Car Title
In Ohio, it is necessary to apply for a new title when you purchase a new or used vehicle, change ownership of a vehicle, or register it for the first time within the state. If you are the owner you will need to have the title of that vehicle put in your name. Whether you have purchased your vehicle from a private party or out-of-state dealer, refinanced your vehicle, or need to add or remove an owner from that vehicle's title, you will need to apply for a new title.
Visit Car-title.org for a step-by-step guide to obtaining or transferring your car title.
Obtaining a Duplicate Title
Lost your Ohio car title? You can apply for a duplicate title in person at any BMV office.
If your title is lost or stolen in Ohio, you will need to complete and sign an application for a duplicate title. You will be required to pay a duplicate fee of $15 and present certain proofs of identification and ownership. For more information regarding your motor vehicle tags and titles, click here.
Changing the Address On Your Car Title
In Ohio, changing the address on your vehicle's title can be completed in person at any BMV office. You are required to report a change of address to the BMV within 30 days your move. Once you've changed the address on your vehicle title and registration, you may also want to change the address on your drivers license and voter registration. For information on making corrections to your voter registration, click here.
Changing the Name On Your Car Title
If you've recently legally changed your name, in Ohio, and would like your car title to display your new name, you will first need to update your information with the Social Security Administration. Visit the SSA website for more information.
Once you've updated your name with the SSA, you have the option of changing the name on your car title in person at your local BMV office.
Ohio Bill of Sale
Like most states, Ohio does not require private sellers and buyers to complete a bill of sale. However, if you purchase from a dealer, you will need the Ohio bill of sale for tax purposes. The bill of sale should include the vehicle’s make, model, color, type of body, its vehicle identification number (VIN), odometer reading at the time of the sale, the names, signatures and addresses of both the buyer and seller, as well as any possible lienholders.
Ohio Salvage Title
In the state of Ohio, insurance companies have the authority to declare a vehicle a total loss if your auto is in an accident. If your insurance company takes possession of the vehicle, they are required to apply for a Salvage Title. If you as the owner retain possession, you will have to acquire an OH Salvage Title. Please note that you cannot drive your vehicle on any Ohio roadway until it is titled.
Apply for an Ohio Salvage Vehicle TitleRebuilt Title
To apply for a title on a salvaged car in Ohio, you will have to show up in person to an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles location (BMV). Click here to find your nearest BMV branch. You will need to bring with you the original certificate of title and documentation of the automobile being a total loss from your insurance company. Once these steps are completed, you may submit the salvage title application along with the appropriate titling fees.
Ohio Salvage Rebuilt Vehicle Title
As a salvage car owner, to have a Salvage Title branded as a Rebuilt Salvage Title, a salvage inspection must first be performed. (See below.)
Ohio Salvage Safety Inspection
After repairing or restoring your salvaged vehicle and before obtaining a Rebuilt Title, get a Salvage Vehicle Inspection. Inspections can only be given from an inspection location authorized by the Ohio State Highway Patrol. To make an appointment, just visit your local BMV branch. There you can request an inspection form and pay the appropriate fee.
Bring the following documents when visiting the inspection site:
- Completed inspection form
- Ohio salvage title
- Receipts for all replaced major parts
Once the vehicle passes inspection, you can then apply for an OH Salvage Vehicle Rebuilt Title. To learn more, access their Salvage Inspection Brochure.
Title an Abandoned Vehicle in Ohio
An abandoned vehicle title in Ohio can be claimed by anyone as long as the owner does not come forward to claim it. To claim an abandoned vehicle and title it, you'll have to first contact local Ohio law authorities, give them the location of the vehicle and fill out an abandoned vehicle form. If authorities investigate and the owner is not located, they will contact you.
At that point you may take your completed Abandoned Vehicle Form to your local BMV branch and apply for an OH Motor Vehicle Title. For more information, please go to http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/registration_titling.stm.