New state residents or residents buying a car from out of state need to obtain an auto title in the car owner's state of residence. For example, an Indiana resident with an Indiana auto title needs to change to an Ohio auto title when moving to Ohio. Individuals needing to change a title should learn and follow the title transfer rules of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles to obtain an Ohio auto title.
Click on your county on the Ohio Department of Public Safety Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) "Branch Office Locations" page (see References 1). Get the address and other contact information for a local deputy registrar licensing agency. Ohio requires an inspection on out-of-state vehicles before transferring an auto title to Ohio. The Ohio licensing agencies can conduct the inspection on your Indiana car (see References 2). Most car dealers also offer this inspection service. Get the contact information for the county clerk of court's title office. County title offices issue Ohio car titles (see References 2).
Go to the local deputy registrar's license agency to conduct the inspection. The license agency that you use has paper copies of the "Out Of State Motor Vehicle Inspection" form (see References 3). Keep the white copy to submit to the title office. As of 2010, the fees include an inspection fee of $3.50 and a clerk fee of $1.50. Ohio deputy registrar license agencies accept cash, checks, money orders, cashier's checks, traveler's checks and agency vouchers from county and intrastate agencies. Ask your local license office how to make out any checks or money orders.
Gather the documents needed to transfer your auto title. You need the original Indiana car title. In some cases, a title has a lien placed on it. Some lien holders retain the original title. Your local Ohio title office can assist you in filling out paperwork to have the lien holder send the title to Ohio. You also need to have written proof of the security agreement for the lien, the loan contract or proof of extinction of the lien.
Visit the title office of your county clerk of courts. The title office will use the information from your Indiana auto title to transfer title to an Ohio auto title. As of 2010, the fee for an Ohio certificate of title is $15. Ask the local title office about specific payment details. Each office can have different policies. For example, as of 2009, the Trumbull County clerk of court no longer accepts personal checks (see References 4).
You may also get a duplicate certificate of title for lost, destroyed or stolen titles. As of 2010, the fee is $15. You will need the car registration papers to get a duplicate title.
Some buyers of cars make the mistake of purchasing a used car in a private sale without obtaining the title from the previous owner. In this situation, you must call Title and Vehicle Information Services at 614-752-7671.
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