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Ohio Car Registration Renewal

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How to Renew an Ohio Car Registration

Drivers can complete an Ohio vehicle registration renewal process online, by mail, or in person at a regional BMV office. You must provide the following:

  • Your renewal notice.
  • Proof of car insurance, if needed.
  • Your car title, if making address changes.
  • A Power of Attorney form for leased vehicles.
  • Certificate for the emission inspection, if required.
  • Payment of the applicable DMV fees.

For more information about how to renew car registrations in Ohio, continue reading the sections below.

When to Renew Your Ohio Car Registration

An Ohio car registration renewal process must be completed before the expiration date of the credential. Ohio determined the car registration cards to expire on the driver's birthday. Drivers may receive a vehicle registration renewal notice as a reminder of the date of expiry. If you do not receive a notice, you still have to complete the OH auto registration renewal process online, by mail or in person at a local BMV branch. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles offers annual car registrations for regular passenger vehicles, and multi-year registrations, which require payment of additional fees to the annual ones. Continue reading the sections below to learn more information about how to renew vehicle registrations in Ohio.

Note: Owners of leased vehicles must renew car registrations in Ohio by the 20th day of the month designated by the lease company.

How to Renew Your Ohio Car Registration

Complete an Ohio vehicle registration renewal process by utilizing one of the offered methods: online, by mail or in person at a nearby BMV office. Before renewing auto registrations, you are required to complete certain requirements which vary depending on the OH car registration renewal method you choose to use. Discover more details about the methods and requirements by reading the following sections.

Online

Drivers can renew car registrations in Ohio online by following several simple instructions. Motorists are required to provide three types of information: plate, driver's license and personal information. To begin the online procedure, make sure you prepare the following details:

  • Your license plate number.
  • Last four digits of your Social Security Number.
  • Your driver's license/ID number.
  • Your date of birth.
  • Your full name.
  • Your credit card.

After providing the needed information in the online system and paying the applicable DMV fees, drivers can finish the OH auto registration renewal process and wait for the renewed car registration.

By Mail

To renew car registrations in Ohio, vehicle owners can use the in-mail option by sending the required application form and payment of registration fees to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This renewal method requires drivers to provide the following items, which may vary depending on their specific situation:

  • Completed and signed renewal notice.
  • Application for Out-of-State Registration By Mail, if you are currently absent from Ohio.
  • Power of Attorney, if your vehicle is leased.
  • Certificate of emissions inspection, if needed.
  • Proof of car insurance, if needed.
  • Address change, if applicable.
  • Check or money order for the DMV fees.

The renewed car registration will arrive at your mailing address within four weeks of the day when the BMV receives your mail. For more information about the in-mail Ohio vehicle registration renewal process, contact a regional BMV location.

In person

The process of Ohio car registration renewal may be completed in person at a regional BMV branch. Once you arrive at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, you may have to provide the following:

  • Your renewal notice.
  • Proof of car insurance, if needed.
  • Your car title, if making address changes.
  • Power of Attorney, if you have a leased vehicle.
  • Certificate for the emission inspection, if required.
  • Payment of the applicable DMV fees.

The list of documents you must provide varies, depending on your specific situation. If you want to find out the exact information about which documents you must submit to renew vehicle registrations in Ohio, contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Liability Insurance Requirements

Before renewing car registrations in Ohio, drivers are required to obtain minimum liability auto insurance coverage when registering their vehicles. Vehicle owners must obtain the following coverage: $25,000 for death or injury of one person, $50,000 for death or body injury of two or more people, and $25,000 for property damage. Motorists may be required to provide proof of car insurance in various situations, such as when applying for OH vehicle registration renewal.

Vehicle Registration Fees in Ohio

To renew car registrations in Ohio, drivers are required to pay certain fees, which vary depending on the type of the vehicle. The standard annual DMV vehicle registration renewal fee for a passenger vehicle is $34.50. However, motorists may also obtain multi-year car registrations and they must pay these additional fees:

  • $3.50 for one-year additional fee.
  • $5.25 for two-year additional fee.
  • $8 for three-year additional fee.
  • $10 for four to five-year additional fee.

If you want to find out more detailed information about the fees for renewing car registrations in Ohio, contact the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Renewing an Ohio Car Registration for Someone Else

To renew car registrations in Ohio in the name of another individual you will be required to submit an authorization by the vehicle owner. When renewing auto registrations instead of the credential's holder, you will have to submit the required documentation along with one of the following:

  • Completed and signed notarized power of attorney.
  • Authorization to Register form.

For further details about how to renew car registrations in Ohio on behalf of other person, contact the state Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Note: You can always renew car registrations online or by-mail, without going at a local BMV office and without asking someone to finish the procedure in your name.

Ohio Vehicle Registration Renewal For Military

Military members can perform an Ohio car registration renewal process while on active duty out of the state. They can use the in-mail option which is available to OH residents. Drivers must complete an Application for Out-of-State Registration By Mail by following the instructions it contains. Once you complete and sign the application form, you are supposed to mail it to the Bureau of Motor Vehicle along with payment of the applicable OH DMV vehicle registration renewal fees. The renewed car registration will arrive at the mailing address you have provided within four weeks.

Note: If you are unable to renew your car registration by mail, you can sign a Power of Attorney and authorize another person to finish the process on your behalf.

New Ohio Resident

Before renewing vehicle registrations in Ohio, new residents must transfer their credentials within 30 days of their move to the state. During this period, out-of-state drivers can operate motor vehicles with current auto registrations from their previous state of residence. Failure to obtain Ohio car registration within this time-frame will prevent you from operating a vehicle with an out-of-state credential. When approaching the expiration dates of OH vehicle registrations, new residents will be required to renew car registrations in Ohio following the same process as current residents.