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 proof of 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

  • If 4,001 lbs. or more, Ohio Certificate of Title or Memorandum of Title
  • Owner’s tax ID or proof of Social Security number
  • If 4,000 lbs. or less, MSO, bill of sale, or notarized Proof of Purchase Affidavit (form BMV 5752) available at any local deputy registrar license agency
  • Verbal declaration of weight

Motor Home, House Vehicle or Recreational Vehicle

Farm Truck

Commercial Bus

  • Ohio Certificate of Title or Memorandum of Title
  • Owner’s tax ID or proof of 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 proof of 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 proof of 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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