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Ohio Auto Dealers | New Motor Vehicle Dealer

New Motor Vehicle Dealer

Dealer primarily engaged in the business of selling new motor vehicles, and incidentally selling used motor vehicles.

General Information & Requirements

   
New Motor Vehicle Dealer Application (BMV 4322) - (PDF)  (Word)

Statement of Manufacturer/Distributor Franchise (BMV 4319) - (PDF)  (Word)

The PDF reader may be downloaded, free-of-charge, from the Adobe Systems Incorporated Internet site. Click here to download the PDF Reader.

Business
An established place of business that is used exclusively for the purpose of selling, displaying, offering for sale, or dealing in motor vehicles.

Must have space under roof for the display of at least one new motor vehicle. Must have space under roof for the servicing and repair of at least one new motor vehicle.

NOTE: Dealers selling semi trailers, trailers or park trailers are exempt from the requirement that the location have space under roof for service and display.
 
Sign
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.
 
Records
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.
   
Application
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.state.oh.us. 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.
 

 

License
Eligibility
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.

 

Plate
Eligibility
Dealers are required to purchase at least one dealer plate.

 

Relevant
Code
Sections
ORC 4503.30 ORC 4517.24 ORC 4517.61
ORC 4505.06 ORC 4517.50 ORC 4517.62
ORC 4505.18(B) ORC 4517.51 ORC 4517.63
ORC 4517.02 ORC 4517.52 ORC 4517.64
ORC 4517.03 ORC 4517.53 ORC 4517.65
ORC 4517.04 ORC 4517.54 OAC 4501:1-3-03
  ORC 4517.09 ORC 4517.55 OAC 4501:1-3-04
  ORC 4517.10 ORC 4517.56 OAC 4501:1-3-05
  ORC 4517.12 ORC 4517.57 OAC 4501:1-3-07
  ORC 4517.20 ORC 4517.58 OAC 4501:1-3-09
  ORC 4517.22 ORC 4517.59  
  ORC 4517.23 ORC 4517.60  

 

Inspections
An on-site inspection of the premises will be conducted by a BMV investigator to determine if the location meets all physical requirements. Once a license is issued, the dealership is subject to random inspections, including pertinent records, to confirm that compliance is being maintained.
 
 

Fees

Permit $50.00
Master Plate (required) $50.25
*Title Defect Rescission Fund (required) $150.00
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.