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All-Purpose Vehicle Dealer

Dealer primarily engaged in the business of selling used all-purpose vehicles.

Download Application

Application to Deal in Motor Vehicles (BMV 4320) - (PDF) | (Word)

A used motor vehicle training course must be completed prior to applying for a used motor vehicle dealer’s license (R.C. 4517.05).

Business

Must have an established place of business that is permanently and physically separated from any other business or residence.

 
  • Must have a lot of at least 3,500 square feet, not including driveways or office, with adequate ground cover of a hard surface (gravel, concrete, etc.) that is free of the collection of dust, mud, water, or other unsightly conditions.
                                                              OR
    Must have a retail sales inventory that is limited at all times to 10 vehicles or less and have sufficient space for all vehicles being offered for retail sale, and have adequate ground cover of a hard surface (gravel, concrete, etc.) that is free of the collection of dust, mud, water, or other unsightly conditions.
  • Must have a permanent office of at least 180 square feet, of usable office area, located on the display lot, which shall be kept in a neat and orderly fashion. The office must include a desk, three chairs, filing cabinets or similar furnishings and a telephone in service at all times that is answered in the dealership's name, with the business telephone number posted in a conspicuous place in public view. The office must also include adequate lighting, electrical service, heating, and ventilation that is secure and safe for a retail office environment. The office shall not be used for storage or other utility area.
  • Business hours must be prominently displayed. The business must be opened 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 display lot must be separated from any other business, service facility, or residence with a permanent physical barrier* that is sufficient to deter normal vehicular and pedestrian traffic. The separation MUST be maintained as approved during the entire period for which the license is held.
  • The proposed location must be easily accessible and identified as a motor vehicle dealership.

* A permanent physical barrier is a fixture or feature of the property that distinguishes the display lot or area from the residences or other business, compromised of metal, brick, stone, concrete, wood, heavy support cable, landscaping, curbing, or other comparable feature that creates a distinct space for the display lot.


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

Used Motor Vehicle Training
A used motor vehicle training course must be completed prior to applying for a used motor vehicle dealer’s license (R.C. 4517.05). (See Authorized Used Motor Vehicle Training Course Providers.)

Financial Statement Information
Indicating a net worth of at least $75,000.

Photos: Photographs of the business location (see application for required photographs). 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 BCI. Acceptable fingerprint card(s) may be obtained only by contacting the Dealer Licensing Section at (614) 752-7636.

If BCI 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 conviction of a fraudulent act (felony or misdemeanor) that was related to the selling or 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.

Inspections

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

Registrar Review

If the barrier requirement is not able to be met, a written request to the registrar for an exception to the requirement may be submitted. The request must include a plan that clearly identifies, distinguishes, and shows all of the following:

 
  • How a distinction (through signage or other measures) will be made between any vehicles the dealer is offering for sale versus any vehicles that belong to customers or employees;
  • The established place of business has no health or safety threats to customers, neighbors, or neighboring businesses;
  • The property was purchased or leased in good faith; and
  • The dealer has made a reasonable effort to comply with barrier requirements as set forth in Section 4501:1-3-08 of the Administrative Code.

For any restrictions imposed by local zoning ordinances or the lessor (landlord) that prohibit the barrier requirements, evidence will need to be submitted and will be taken into consideration for an exemption. At the discretion of the registrar, a submitted plan may be approved, approved with requested modifications, or disapproved.

 

Fees

Permit $50.00
Master Plate (optional) $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 1-800-282-0515.

 

Relevant Code Sections

ORC 4503.30 ORC 4517.05 OAC 4501:1-3-03
ORC 4505.06 ORC 4517.09 OAC 4501:1-3-04
ORC 4505.18(B) ORC 4517.10 OAC 4501:1-3-05
ORC 4505.181 ORC 4517.12 OAC 4501:1-3-07
ORC 4517.02 ORC 4517.20 OAC 4501:1-3-08
ORC 4517.03 ORC 4517.23 OAC 4501:1-3-09
ORC 4517.04 ORC 4517.24 OAC 4501:1-3-11