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    Transfer on Death (TOD)

    As the sole owner of a motor vehicle, watercraft, or outboard motor, an individual may designate a beneficiary or beneficiaries to an Ohio title with a signed and notarized Affidavit to Designate a Beneficiary (form BMV 3811) submitted to a County Clerk of Courts Title Office.

    • The beneficiary may be an individual, corporation, organization, trust, or other legal entity.
    • A replacement title will be issued with the Transfer on Death on record.

    What Do I Need to Bring to the Title Office?

    A Transfer on Death beneficiary needs to bring:

    Ohio Revised Code: 2131.13

    Transfer with Rights of Survivorship (WROS)

    For joint ownership with right of survivorship, the owners’ names on the title are shown as: John Doe and Mary Smith or WROS

    • Signature of each party is required if both are living
    • If one party is deceased, the surviving party applies for the certificate of title and the title is issued in the survivor’s name showing “acquired by right of survivorship”

    For joint ownership without right of survivorship, the owners’ name on the title will be shown as: John Doe and Mary Smith.

    • Signature of each party is required if both are living
    • If one party is deceased, the signature of an executor or an administrator is required

    What Do I Need to Bring to the Title Office?

    • Original Ohio title
    • Certified copy of the death certificate (if applicable)
    • A government-issued driver license or identification card
    • Payment for title fees

    Ohio Revised Code: 2131.12

    Transfer to a Surviving Spouse

    Upon the death of a married resident who owned at least one automobile at the time of death, the surviving spouse may transfer an unlimited number of vehicles valued up to $65,000 and one boat and one outboard motor.

    • Vehicles may not be disposed of by a will or transferred to the surviving spouse due to joint ownership With Rights of Survivorship (WROS), transferred to a Transfer On Death (TOD) beneficiary, or specifically disposed of by Testamentary Disposition.
    • This transfer does not affect any liens upon the vehicle. If a lien exists, it will be carried forward.

    What Do I Need to Bring to the Title Office?

    The surviving spouse needs to bring:

    Ohio Revised Code: 1548.11 2106.18 2106.19 4505.10

    Transfer an Out-of-State Title to Ohio

    In order to register a vehicle and obtain license plates in Ohio, an out-of-state title must be converted to an Ohio title.

    What Do I Need to Bring to the Title Office?

    • Out-of-state title certificate
    • Acceptable identification (please contact your County Clerk of Courts Title Office for details) and payment for title fees
    • An out-of-state vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection
    • A lien release from your lien holder if you don’t have the paper title showing lien discharge signed by your lienholder
    • For lease transactions only, two original powers of attorney from lessor (one to obtain an Ohio title and one to obtain vehicle registration and license plates)
    • Payment for title fees

    Important Information to Remember

    • For dual ownership, both parties must be present, unless a power of attorney is provided
    • Social Security numbers are required for all parties
    • Photocopies of a title are not accepted
    • If your lienholder has your title, you must complete a transfer request form and send it to your lienholder. Please contact a County Clerk of Courts Title Office to obtain the form
    • For out-of-state leasing dealers, a leasing permit number and a valid Ohio use tax account number (99-XXXXXX) are required

    Ohio Revised Code: 2921.13

    Contact Information

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