✅ Updated January 2022

Ultimate guide to Registering your Vehicle in Ohio

Here's the ultimate guide to registering your vehicle in Ohio. We've simplified the entire process for you so you can save time.


What You’ll Need to Register your Vehicle in Ohio

  • Ohio driver’s license or photo ID OR proof of Social Security number
  • Ohio vehicle title (obtained from the dealer, signed over from the seller via private sale, OR via out-of-state title transfer)
    • Title must be notarized and include the Ohio clerk of court’s seal
  • Completed  Power of Attorney for Ohio Vehicle Registration (Form BMV 5736) (if your vehicle is leased)
  • VIN inspection document (if vehicle is new to Ohio; can be completed at any deputy registrar agency)
  • Proof of emissions inspection (if applicable)
  • Proof of Ohio vehicle insurance
  • Payment for applicable fees and taxes
    • $34.50 registration fee
    • License plate fees
    • Deputy Registrar license agency fees
    • County tax fees (if applicable)


What You’ll Do to Register your Vehicle in Ohio

  • Step 1: Visit your nearest deputy registrar agency (optional: make an appointment!)
    • Submit the required documents & ID
    • Submit payment
    • Receive a temporary registration permit and registration stickers
  • Step 2: Receive your new Ohio license plates via U.S. mail (if applicable)


Caveats and Exceptions in Registering your Vehicle in Ohio

  • Do you live in one of the following counties?  Then your vehicle will require an emissions inspection.
    • Cuyahoga County
    • Geauga County
    • Lake County
    • Lorain County
    • Medina County
    • Portage County
    • Summit County

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