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Vehicle Titling and Registration in Ohio

Ohio Vehicle Registration and Title

When you move to Ohio or purchase a vehicle in the Buckeye State, you’ll need to title and register the vehicle through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). If you need to drive the car before you’re able to do this, you can purchase a temporary registration (valid for 45 days) online or at a BMV office.

To get your permanent title and a first issuance of your registration, you’ll need to visit your local registrar licensing office and provide the:

  • Completed Application for Certificate of Title to a Motor Vehicle (BMV 3774).
  • Ohio driver’s license or state ID.
  • Original title signed by buyer and seller (used vehicles) or a Manufacturer’s Certificate of Origin (MCO) (new vehicles). Transferring a vehicle from another state requires the out-of-state title.
  • Certificate of a vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection (for out-of-state transfers).
  • Payment for the sales tax, title, and registration fee.
    • If there is a lien on the vehicle a lienholder notation fee is also required.

NOTE: Title transfers must be completed within 30 days of the sale date to avoid a late fee.

OH Vehicle Registration and Title Fees

Taxes and additional fees may vary by county of residence.

  • Title fee: $15.00
  • Lien notation: $15.00
  • Registration fee: $6.00
  • Late fee: $5.00