Ultimate Guide For Registering Your Vehicle in Ohio

OHIO VEHICLE REGISTRATION

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Here's the ultimate guide to registering your vehicle in Ohio. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.

What You’ll Need to Register your Vehicle in Ohio

  • Ohio driver’s license or photo ID OR proof of Social Security number
  • Ohio vehicle title (obtained from the dealer, signed over from the seller via private sale, OR via out-of-state title transfer)
  • Title must be notarized and include the Ohio clerk of court’s seal
  • Completed  Power of Attorney for Ohio Vehicle Registration (Form BMV 5736) (if your vehicle is leased)
  • VIN inspection document (if vehicle is new to Ohio; can be completed at any deputy registrar agency)
  • Proof of emissions inspection (if applicable)
  • Proof of Ohio vehicle insurance
  • Payment for applicable fees and taxes
  • $34.50 registration fee
  • License plate fees
  • Deputy Registrar license agency fees
  • County tax fees (if applicable)

What You’ll Do to Register Your Vehicle in Ohio

  • Step 1: Visit your nearest deputy registrar agency (optional: make an appointment!)
  • Submit the required documents & ID
  • Submit payment
  • Receive a temporary registration permit and registration stickers
  • Step 2: Receive your new Ohio license plates via U.S. mail (if applicable)

Caveats and Exceptions in Registering Your Vehicle in Ohio

  • Do you live in one of the following counties? Then your vehicle will require an emissions inspection.
  • Cuyahoga County
  • Geauga County
  • Lake County
  • Lorain County
  • Medina County
  • Portage County
  • Summit County

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