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Motor Vehicle Titles
For detailed information regarding motor vehicle titles, see Chapter 4505: Certificate of Motor Vehicle Title Law
of the Ohio Revised Code.
If you are in doubt concerning the transferring, buying, selling or mortgaging of a motor vehicle or watercraft, you may wish to contact your attorney or call the Clerk of Courts' Office for additional information.
The Certificate of Title is your proof of ownership. Keep it in a safe place. Do not carry the Certificate of Title on you or in your car.
Effective March 19, 1987, a Title or Memorandum of Title is NO longer required for Renewal of registration. Contact your local license bureau for additional information.
Effective July 13, 2003 the Main Title Office, located at 1261 Superior Ave., Cleveland, Ohio, now offers LIMITED DEPUTY REGISTRAR TRANSACTIONS, if you are titling a passenger vehicle, non-commercial truck or a motor cycle.
Type of Transactions:
- TRANSFER: Transfer of current license plates to newly purchased vehicle.
- OUT-of-STATE VEHICLE INSPECTION
- 30-DAY TEMPORARY TAGS
When you dismantle, destroy or change the character of your automobile so that it no longer is a complete car, you must surrender your Certificate of Title to our office for cancellation. When you sell your vehicle to a junk dealer, you must assign the title to the dealer and have your signature notarized.
To convert a Salvage Title, an inspection must be made by the Highway Patrol. A fee of $50.00 is charged. An application for the inspection can be obtained at any local Deputy Registrar. After the inspection by the Highway Patrol, a new title will be issued.
If you build a Motor Vehicle you must execute an affidavit of facts to present to the Title Department along with the bills of sale for purchased parts and CERTIFICATE OF TITLE for any motor vehicle used in the construction. Self assembled vehicles must be inspected by the Highway Patrol.
Late Filing Fee
To avoid an additional $5.00 fee, your title must be issued within 30 days of the date it is assigned to you.
Please note: For your convenience, we have provided a link to the Ohio BMV.