The first time you register your vehicle you will need the original Certificate of Title or Memorandum Certificate of Title. These are the documents that prove ownership. A photocopy of a title is not an acceptable document even if it is notarized or certified. An Ohio Title may be obtained at the County Clerk of Courts.
Only the owner(s) or individuals with power of attorney from the owner may apply for registration of a vehicle. If the vehicle is leased, a power of attorney from the leasing company is required, unless the leasing company has an online power of attorney.
If a power of attorney is used, the person that has been assigned POA must prove his/her identity with any document from the list of acceptable documents.
Effective Wednesday, August 29, 2007, customers will no longer be required to prove their Social Security Number on initial vehicle registrations IF a valid Ohio driver license or Ohio identification card is presented.
The original registration period on new registrations goes from the title date or the date the vehicle was first used on the highway to the expiration date. Amended Substitute Senate Bill 1 established that the registration period for certain vehicles classifications be based on the owner’s date of birth. Vehicles that are leased or commercial owner will expire on the 20th day of the month based on the first letter of the owners name.
The fees for new registrations will be prorated, if applicable.
Fees are not prorated for Farm trucks or recreational vehicles.
If registering a used vehicle in one of the seven (7) E-Check counties, an E-Check inspection certificate or exemption is required per Ohio law. For additional information about E-Check program, call 1-800-CAR-TEST.