Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to turn in my damaged car title?
In the state of Ohio, you are required to submit your original car title if found after you ve been issued a duplicate car title. If you ve been issued an OH duplicate car title, and you find your original title, the OH Bureau of Motor Vehicles requires that the original title be immediately returned to the Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office for cancellation. In order to inquire about whether you are required to turn in your damaged car title to the Ohio Clerk of Courts Title officeyou can contact the Ohio BMV directly at 844-644-6268. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Ohio

How can I transfer a car title if I have a lien on it?
If your car title shows a lien, you must contact the titling office and request that the lien holder send you the certificate of title. You will also need to submit a copy of the loan contract or security agreement to the OH titling office. In addition, you must pay a $15 lien notation fee.

If the loan on your vehicle has been paid, the lien holder will send you the title certificate with a stamp from a clerk of courts declaring the lien on the title released.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Ohio

How do I file a police report if my car title was stolen?
If your original Ohio car title was stolen, it is recommended that you file a police report in order to avoid any illegal use. To file a police report, you can report your stolen car title at the nearest police station. Be prepared to provide proper form of identification, which is required in order to fill out a formal police report. It is suggested to file a police report as soon as you become aware of your stolen car title. Having a police report filed can help in the event that a law enforcement officer stops you or if you are in an accident and you don t have your registration on hand. You will also be protected from any unlawful activity regarding your vehicle.

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How do I obtain a duplicate car title?
In the event that your original car title is lost, stolen, or damaged, you may obtain an OH duplicate car title. You are only allowed to obtain a duplicate car title in the county where you were issued your original car title. In order to obtain a duplicate car title you must proceed with the following steps:

If you ve been issued a duplicate car title, and you find your original title, the original must be returned to the Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office for cancellation.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Ohio

How do I obtain a salvaged car title?
Before obtaining a salvage car title in Ohio, the Ohio State Highway Patrol must complete an inspection of the vehicle in order to verify the ownership of all parts and to review all required documentation.Once the inspection is completed, you must visit your local Ohio County Clerk of Courts office, present your original car title, and apply for a salvage car title.

A vehicle is considered salvaged if it has undergone severe damage or been altered in such a way that it does not resemble the same vehicle stated in the title. These changes can be caused by a flood, fire, accident or vandalism. A salvage title is required when an insurance company determines the car is not economically worth repairing.

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How do I transfer my car title between states?
If you are a new resident to Ohio and you wish to transfer your out-of-state car title to the state of Ohio, review the following steps:.

  • Visit your local Ohio County Clerk of Courts office.
  • Present your vehicle s original Certificate of Title.
  • Present an Out-of-State Inspection Form.

The Out-of-State Inspection form is offered at any license agency or some car dealerships. The inspection will verify the year, make, model, body type and manufacturer’s serial number or vehicle identification number.

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How do I transfer my car title if I lost the original?
In order to request a car title transfer in Ohio, you must provide a Certificate of Title. In the event that you have lost your original car title, you must visit your local Ohio County Clerk of Courts office and fill out an Application For Certificate of Title To A Motor Vehicle in order to obtain a duplicate title. After completing the required forms and paying the $15 duplicate title fee, you are required to take your duplicate car title and continue the process to transfer your car title. The steps required to successfully complete a car title transferare as follows:

  • Complete a Bill of Sale
  • Write the new buyers name, address, and the price on the back of current title
  • Complete the odometer certification area stating the mileage
  • Complete and notarize the seller s notary section
  • Have the buyer acknowledge the mileage by providing his signature and printing his name

Once you have complete the aforementioned steps, you can release the vehicle title to the buyer, and he or she is responsible for transferring car titles.

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How do I transfer my car title?
In order to transfer car titles in Ohio, you must locate your current car title and proceed with the following steps:

  • Complete a Bill of Sale
  • Write the new buyers name, address, and the price on the back of current title
  • Complete the odometer certification area stating the mileage
  • Complete and notarize the seller s notary section
  • Have the buyer acknowledge the mileage by providing his signature and printing his name

Once you have complete the aforementioned steps, you can release the car title to the person you re transferring your title to, and he or she is required to complete the title transaction at an Ohio County Clerk of Courts office.

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How do I transfer the title of my RV?
Residents of Ohio who own a recreational vehicle (RV) and would like to request a car title transfer must go through the same process as other vehicles in the state. In order to transfer vehicle titles in Ohio, locate your current vehicle title and proceed with the following steps:

  • Complete a Bill of Sale.
  • Write the new buyers name, address, and the price on the back of current title.
  • Complete the odometer certification area stating the mileage.
  • Complete and notarize the seller s notary section.
  • Have the buyer acknowledge the mileage by providing his or her signature and printing his or her name.

Once you have completed the aforementioned steps, you can release the vehicle title to the buyer, who is now responsible for completing an official car title transfer.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Ohio

How long does it take to receive my replacement car title after ordering online?
In order to inquire about how long it will take to receive your Ohio replacement car title, you can contact the Ohio BMV directly at 844-644-6268. Their hours of operation are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In order to successfully request a replacement car title, you will be required to present a proper form of identification such as your OH driver s license and present a completed Application For Certificate of Title To A Motor Vehicle form to your local Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office. Additionally, be prepared to pay the duplicate car title fee of $15. The OH BMV accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, certified cashier checks, traveler s checks, county agency vouchers, and intra-state agency vouches as forms of payment.If you ve been issued a duplicate car title, and you find your original title, the original must be returned to theOhio Clerk of Courts Title office for cancellation.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Ohio

If a family member dies and leaves his or her car to me, how do I switch over the title?
In the event that a family member dies and leaves their car to you in the state of Ohio, you may proceed with the following steps in order to request an OH car title transfer:

  • Visit your local Ohio County Clerk of Courts office.
  • Apply for Surviving Spouse Certificate of Title or car title transfer.
  • Provide the original car title.
  • Depending on the county, you may be required to provide a certified copy of the death certificate.

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What are some reasons that may require me to transfer my car title?
Some reasons for having to request car title transfers are:

  • Purchasing a used vehicle.
  • Selling your vehicle.
  • Moving an Ohio vehicle out-of-state.
  • Moving an out-of-state vehicle to Ohio
  • Death of a family member/vehicle inheritance

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Ohio

What are the required fees to get a replacement car title?
In order to receive a car title replacement in the state of OH, you are subjected to pay the car title replacement fee placed by the OH Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The fee for a car title replacement is $15 and must be paid upon request at your local Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office. The OH BMV accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, certified cashier checks, traveler s checks, county agency vouchers, and intra-state agency vouchers as forms of payment. You must also be prepared to present a proper form of identification and a completed Application For Certificate of Title To A Motor Vehicle form. If you ve been issued a duplicate car title, and you find your original title, the original must be returned to the Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office for cancellation.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Ohio

What documents do I need to present for a replacement car title?
To request a car title replacement, present the following documents to your local Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office:

You are eligible to request a car title replacement if your original car title is lost, stolen or damaged. You are only allowed to obtain a duplicate car title in the county where you were issued your original car title. If you ve been issued a duplicate car title, and you find your original title, the original must be returned to the Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office for cancellation.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Ohio

What documents do I need to transfer my car title?
In the state of Ohio, in order to complete a car title transfer you will only need two documents:

  1. Current car title
  2. Bill of sale

Your current title must have the new buyer s correct information written on the back as well as the mileage of your car. You and the buyer must sign it and it must be notarized. You must also complete a Bill of Sale form. Both documents should then be released to the buyer so that they may complete the title transaction at the Ohio County Clerk of Courts office.

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What forms must I fill out for a duplicate car title?
In order to successfully request a duplicate car title in Ohio, you must fill out the proper form and documentations. The form that must be completed and presented to your local Ohio Clerk of Courts Title officeis the Application For Certificate of Title To A Motor Vehicle. Additionally, you must present an acceptable form of identification such as your OH driver s license and you must be prepared to pay the duplicate car title fee of $15. The Ohio BMV accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, certified cashier checks, traveler s checks, county agency vouchers, and intra-state agency vouches as forms of payment.If you ve been issued a duplicate car title, and you find your original title, the original must be returned to the Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office for cancellation.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Ohio

What if the original is located after my car title replacement has been issued?
If you ve been issued an OH duplicate car title, and you find your original title, the OH Bureau of Motor Vehicles requires that the original title be immediately returned to the Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office for cancellation. In the event that you don t find your original and are in need of a duplicate title, you must visit your local Ohio Clerk of Courts Title officeand present the following:

You will also be required to pay the $15 duplicate car title fee. The OH BMV accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, certified cashier checks, traveler s checks, county agency vouchers, and intra-state agency vouchers as forms of payment.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Ohio

What is the process to get a title for a scooter or motorcycle?
In order for your scooter or motorcycle to obtain a title in the state of Ohio, proceed with the following steps:

  • Visit your local Ohio County Clerk of Courts office.
  • Present a letter from the manufacturer stating that the vehicle meets FMVSS.
  • Present a picture of the FMVSS sticker on the vehicle including the VIN OR the manufacturer s certificate of origin.

After being issued a title for your scooter or motorcycle, you will need to obtain motorcycle insurance and register your vehicle at your local Ohio Deputy Registrar’s office.

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When should I complete a Bill of Sale?
In order to successfully complete a car title transfer, you must complete a Bill of Sale. A Bill of Sale is intended to show transfer of ownership of the vehicle. You are required to: submit the Bill of Sale to your local Ohio county Clerk of Courts office

  • Write the new buyers name, address, and the price on the back of your current original title.
  • Complete the odometer certification area stating the mileage.
  • Complete and notarize the seller s notary section.
  • Have the buyer acknowledge the mileage by providing his or her signature and printing his or her name.

For more information: Title Transfers or obtaining a New Certificate of Title in Ohio

Where can I mail my request for a replacement title?
The OH BMV currently does not offer mail-in requests for replacement car titles. In order to successfully request a replacement car title, you must apply in person at your local Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office. Upon arrival, you will be required to present a proper form of identification such as your OH driver s license and a completed Application For Certificate of Title To A Motor Vehicle form. Additionally, you must be prepared to pay the duplicate car title fee of $15. The OH BMV accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, certified cashier checks, traveler s checks, county agency vouchers, and intra-state agency vouchers as forms of payment.If you ve been issued a duplicate car title, and you find your original title, the original must be returned to theOhio Clerk of Courts Title officefor cancellation.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Ohio

Will I need to present proof of insurance to get a car title replacement?
In the state of Ohio, you will not be required to present proof of insurance in order to request a replacement car title. You will, however, be required to present a proper form of identification such as your OH driver s license and present a completed Application For Certificate of Title To A Motor Vehicle form to your local Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office. Additionally, you must be prepared to pay the duplicate car title fee of $15. The OH BMV accepts cash, personal checks, money orders, certified cashier checks, traveler s checks, county agency vouchers, and intra-state agency vouchers as forms of payment.If you ve been issued a duplicate car title, and you find your original title, the original must be returned to the Ohio Clerk of Courts Title office for cancellation.

For more information: How to Replace a Lost Vehicle Title in Ohio