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Auction Owner

Business licensed for the purpose of wholesale auctioning of motor vehicles. Any person engaged wholly or in part in the business of auctioning of motor vehicles.

Applications for an auction owner’s license shall be denied for reasons listed in the R.C. 4517.12  and 4501:1-3-09 of the Ohio Administrative Code which include:

  • Conviction of ANY felony during the past ten (10) years.
  • Conviction of ANY misdemeanor or felony (regardless of the conviction date) related to dealing in motor vehicles.

Physical Location Requirements


  • Verify with the local authorities the zoning regulations for the proposed facility. The State of Ohio (BMV) Dealer Licensing Section does not pre-empt the enforcement by local authorities of zoning, health, safety codes, or laws.
  • The proposed established place of business must be easily accessible from a public roadway and identified as an auction.
  • The auction’s established place of business must be separated from any residence, motor vehicle dealership, salvage motor vehicle dealership, salvage motor vehicle auction, and salvage motor vehicle pool.
  • An auction’s established place of business is for the purpose of auctioning motor vehicles and shall also have at least one area under permanent roof that is large enough that motor vehicles may be moved through where such motor vehicles may be offered at auction.
  • A business telephone must be in service at all times and answered in the dealership’s name. The business telephone number must be legibly posted in a conspicuous place in public view.
  • The business hours must be maintained and legibly posted in a conspicuous place near the entrance of the office.
  • The auction facilities may be used to conduct a public auction of repossessed motor vehicles and a motor vehicle dealer auction simultaneously. All inventories shall be maintained and separated at all times.
  • Any person in attendance for a public auction of repossessed motor vehicles shall be separately identified and prohibited from participating in a motor vehicle dealer auction.

NOTE: A physical inspection will be performed by BMV Investigations shortly before license issuance. If the licensed location fails to meet any of the listed requirements, it will immediately be referred to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Board for possible suspension or revocation of the license.

Additional Application Requirements


Photographs of the proposed physical location must be submitted with an application or separately via e-mail. The photographs shall reveal the following, but not limited to:

  • The office (inside and outside)
  • The sign with the business name, including any registered trade names (minimum 6-inch lettering)
  • The posted business hours, near the entrance of the office
  • The posted phone number that is place in public view

All photographs submitted via e-mail (JPG format only) must include your business name and county name or number in the subject line and send to dealerphotos@dps.ohio.gov


Ohio residents who are an owner, partner, president, member, trustee, or principal owner of any “other registered entity” ownership style MUST be electronically fingerprinted.

Any out-of-state residents who are an owner, partner, president, member, trustee, or principal owner of any “other registered entity” ownership style MUST be fingerprinted by submitting a fingerprint card.

For detailed instructions on how to obtain and submit electronic fingerprints or a fingerprint card click on the following links:


NOTE: Electronic Fingerprinting prices vary and are payable to the company taking the prints.

Optional Plates

In-Transit license plates may be purchased to be used in conjunction with the auction business. The license plates may only be used on motor vehicles being transported from an individual, firm, or corporation to any point of destination.

NOTE: A reasonable number of additional plates may be requested to support the auction business. However the plates may not be used contrary to uses as specified in the Ohio Revised Code Section 4503.33. Plates used for any other purpose may be reduced or subject to confiscation.


Download Application

Auction Owner’s License Application  (PDF) (Word)



Permit $100.00
Master In-Transit Plate (optional) $100.25
Additional In-Transit Plates (each) $6.25
Postage (if plates are ordered) $4.50


Relevant Code Sections

ORC 4517.02 ORC 4517.21 OAC 4501:1-3-09
ORC 4517.07 OAC 4501:1-3-03 OAC 4501:1-3-10
ORC 4517.10 OAC 4501:1-3-04 OAC 4501:1-3-33
ORC 4517.12 OAC 4501:1-3-07