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Leasing Motor Vehicle Dealer

Dealer primarily engaged in the business of leasing one or more motor vehicles for personal, family, or household use. A subsidiary, corporation, or other business entity established for the purpose of leasing back to the parent, sister or associated company, and the general public is not involved, DOES NOT qualify for a leasing dealer's license.

General Information & Requirements

Leasing Motor Vehicle Dealer Application (BMV 4321) -  (PDF)   (Word)

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Must have an established place of business that is used for leasing motor vehicles; except that a motor vehicle leasing dealer who is also a new motor vehicle dealer or used motor vehicle dealer may lease motor vehicles at the same place of business at which the dealer sells, offers for sale, or deals in new or used motor vehicles.
        • Must have an easily recognizable place of business, separated from any residence by a permanent physical barrier.
        • An office of at least 180 square feet, which shall be kept in a neat and orderly fashion. The office must include at minimum, a desk, three chairs, filing cabinets, facsimile machine, in service, a telephone in service at all times, listed in the name of the leasing dealership in a local directory and answered in the name of the leasing dealer, and lighting and heat sufficient for an office. The leasing dealership shall maintain at all times the capability to send and receive facsimile.
        • Business hours must be prominently displayed. The business hours shall be posted in a conspicuous place where the general public has access. The business shall be open a minimum of thirty hours per week, at least six of which shall occur Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and attended during the posted business hours, by an owner, partner, president of the corporation, member of a limited liability company, trustee of a business trust, or a licensed salesperson. The motor vehicle dealership license and a list of all salespersons shall be conspicuously posted.
Must have a permanent sign in the exact name of the business as it appears on the application, with letters of at least six inches high. The business sign shall be prominently displayed, properly maintained and permanent.
Must maintain records of all motor vehicles purchased, leased, and sold. Refer to Ohio Revised Code section 4501:1-3-04 for the list of the required records.
Financial statement information, indicating a net worth of at least $75,000.

Photos: Photographs of the business location's lot, office, (inside and outside), and business sign.

Send as attachments in JPG format only, may be e-mailed to dealerphotos@dps.ohio.gov. Please include your business name and county name or county number in the subject of your email.

Electronic Fingerprinting: Ohio residents who are owners, all partners, president, all members, owning 10% or more, and all trustees MUST be electronically fingerprinted and have the results forwarded to the Dealer Licensing Section, P.O. Box 16521, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6521. Visit the following link on Ohio Attorney General Web site (Webcheck locations) for a complete list of electronic fingerprinting locations in Ohio.

*Out-of-state residents may submit a fingerprint card and processing fee, BMV 4452. Do not send the fingerprint card directly to B.C.I. & I. Acceptable fingerprint card(s) may be obtained only by contacting the Dealer Licensing Section at (614) 752-7636.

If B.C.I. & I. reports that the person has ever been arrested, for any reason, has criminal record, or is a multi-state offender, the applicant should expect significant delays. The person being fingerprinted can reduce the possibility of having the application delayed by explaining their circumstances fully and completely on a separate sheet, provide a copy of the court's journal entry showing the final disposition of your arrest and/or conviction, and the charge your were convicted of, if any and submit it with the application.

NOTE: Electronic Fingerprinting prices vary and payable to the company taking the print.
Any felony conviction or any misdemeanor conviction related to dealing in motor vehicles is reason for the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to DENY the application.
You may apply for special license plates to be used in conjunction with your leasing dealer license. The license plates may only be used on motor vehicles being demonstrated for the purpose of lease.
ORC 4503.31 ORC 4517.10 OAC 4501:1-3-09
ORC 4517.02 ORC 4517.12 OAC 4501:1-3-10
ORC 4517.03 ORC 4517.23 OAC 4501:1-3-11
ORC 4517.04 OAC 4501:1-3-03 OAC 4501:1-3-30
ORC 4517.06 OAC 4501:1-3-04 OAC 4501:1-3-32
ORC 4517.09 OAC 4501:1-3-07  


Permit $50.00
Master Plates (optional) $50.25
Additional Plates (each) $10.25
Postage $4.50

* We are required to collect a $150.00 initial application fee on behalf of the Title Defect Rescission Fund;  this fee will be refundable if you do not meet the requirements to become a licensed motor vehicle dealer.  For information or questions on the Title Defect Rescission Fund contact the Ohio Attorney General's Office at www.OhioAttorneyGeneral.gov or 1-800-262-0515.