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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.

Applications for a leasing 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


(In-State)
 

  • 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 leasing established place of business must be separated by a permanent physical barrier from any residence or unrelated business, with the exception of the business operated as a new motor vehicle dealership, a used motor vehicle dealership, or a motor vehicle renting dealership, as defined in section 4549.65 of the R.C., located at the place of business.
  • An office that contains no less than 180 square feet of usable interior office area excluding restrooms, storage or utility space, shall be kept and orderly at all times, clearly identified and easily accessible.
  • The business hours must be maintained and legibly posted in a conspicuous place near the entrance of the office.
  • The office must be staffed by a person licensed under chapter 4517. of the R.C. during the posted business hours for the entire time the license is held.
  • A business telephone must be in service at all times and answered in the lending dealer’s name. The business telephone number must be legibly posted in a conspicuous place in public view.
  • A sign that displays the business name in which the application is made, including any registered trade names, with letters that must be no less than six (6) inches high, be permanent, properly maintained, and prominently displayed by the entrance of the office, if the sign is not visible from the public roadway.

NOTE:A physical inspection will be performed by BMV Investigations shortly after 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.


Physical Location Requirements


(Bank Lessor, Captive Finance Lessor, or Out-of-State Only)
 

  • 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.
  • An office shall be separated from any residence by a permanent physical barrier and contain no less than 180 square feet of usable interior office area excluding restrooms, storage or utility space. The office shall be kept neat and orderly at all times, clearly marked and used exclusively for leasing motor vehicles.
  • A sign that displays the business name in which the application is made, including any registered trade names, prominently displayed by the entrance of the office, and the marquee at the entrance of the building, if applicable.

 

Additional Application Requirements

1.

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:

 

(In-State Leasing)

  • 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
 

(Out-of-State Leasing)

  • The office (inside and outside)
  • The sign with the business name, including any registered trade names (minimum 6-inch lettering)

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

2.

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-State Leasing License Only)

Special license plates may be purchased to be used in conjunction with the leasing dealer license. The license plates may only be used on motor vehicles being demonstrated for the purpose of a lease.

NOTE: A reasonable number of additional plates may be requested to support the leasing dealer’s business. However the plates may not be used contrary to uses as specified in the Ohio Revised Code Section 4503.31. Plates used for any other purpose may be reduced or subject to confiscation.

 

Download Application

Leasing Motor Vehicle Dealer Application  (PDF) (Word)

 

Fees

Permit $50.00
Master Plate (optional, in-state only) $50.25
*Title Defect Rescission Fund (required) $150.00
Additional Plates (each) $10.25
Postage (if plates are ordered) $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.

 

Relevant Code Sections

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