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    Multi-Year Registration

    A multi-year registration may extend from two to five years. All regular registration fees are due at the time of issuance. There are no refunds for any unused portion of the registration.

    Vehicles eligible for multi-year registration:

    • Passenger cars
    • Non-commercial trucks and trailers
    • Motor homes and house vehicles
    • Motorcycles and mopeds

    License plate types eligible for multi-year registration:

    • System assigned
    • Initial reserve
    • Personalized

    Methods for Registration

    First-time Registration
    Renewal Registration

    Ohio Revised Code: 4503.103

    Multi-Year and Permanent Registration for Trailers and Semi-Trailers

    Commercial trailers and semi-trailers can be registered from one to eight years at any deputy registrar license agency.

    Multi-year registrations may transfer from one commercial trailer to another. The following transactions can be completed under the multi-year process:

    • New
    • New/renew
    • Replace/renew
    • Renew
    • Transfer/renew
    • Replace/renew/transfer

    For fleets of at least 100 registered commercial trailers, universal validation stickers without specific plate numbers are available at no additional cost. Weight stickers are not issued.

    Permanent Registration Plates

    Customers may pay eight years of registration fees to receive a non-transferable, permanent registration plate.

    • Only new registrations can be completed as a permanent plate.
    • Permanent registration is not eligible for a class transfer from commercial trailer to non-commercial trailer.
    • Permanent plates have “permanent” printed between the bolt holes and “no exp” (no expiration) printed in the bottom right corner to indicate no validation sticker is required.
    • You will receive a 30-day trailer temporary window card until the arrival of your permanent license plate by mail within 10-14 business days from the date of purchase.

    Methods for Registration

    In person at any deputy registrar license agency.

    International Registration Plan

    For more information, please see our IRP registration for commercial trailers section.

    Ohio Revised Code: 4503.103

    Staggered Registration

    Staggered registration assigns a new primary expiration month for commercial vehicles based on the last two numbers of the carrier’s tax ID number (TIN) or Social Security number (SSN).

    • Staggered registration allows carriers to choose the best plan for their company.
    • The carrier may split fleets into predetermined months.

    Fleet Vehicle Chart

    Commercial Vehicle Expiration Date
    One vehicle/fleet Primary month
    Two vehicles/fleets Primary month and secondary month*
    Three vehicles/fleets Primary month, secondary month and one assigned optional month
    Four or more vehicles/fleets Primary month, secondary month and one or two assigned optional months

    *The secondary month is six months from the primary month.

    • All registrations will expire on the last day of the month.
    • All registrations are eligible for renewal 90 days prior to expiration.
    • During the transition period only, some registrations may exceed 12 months.
    • Required documents must be presented at renewal or when applying for a new commercial registration.

    Staggered Registration Chart

    TIN or SSN Primary Month Two Divisions Three Divisions* Four Divisions
    00-07 January January
    July
    January
    July
    April or October
    January
    July
    April
    October
    08-14 February February
    August
    February
    August
    May or November
    February
    August
    May
    November
    15-22 March March
    September
    March
    September
    June or December
    March
    September
    June
    December
    23-30 April April
    October

    April
    October
    July or January

    April
    October
    July
    January

    31-39 May May
    November
    May
    November
    August or February
    May
    November
    August
    February
    40-48 June June
    December
    June
    December
    September or March
    June
    December
    September
    March
    49-57 July July
    January
    July
    January
    October or April
    July
    January
    October
    April
    58-65 August August
    February
    August
    February
    November or May
    August
    February
    November
    May
    66-73 September September
    March
    September
    March
    December or June
    September
    March
    December
    June
    74-82 October October
    April
    October
    April
    January or July
    October
    April
    January
    July
    83-90 November November
    May
    November
    May
    February or August
    November
    May
    February
    August
    91-99 December December
    June
    December
    June
    March or September
    December
    June
    March
    September

    Ohio Administrative Code: 4501:1-7-03, 4501:1-7-05, 4501:1-7-06

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