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Used Motor Vehicle Dealer

Dealer primarily engaged in the business of selling used motor vehicles.

General Information & Requirements

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

Effective January 1, 2015, a used motor vehicle training course must be completed prior to applying for a used motor vehicle dealer’s license (R.C. 4517.05).

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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, with adequate ground cover of a hard surface (gravel, concrete, etc.) to prevent 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, 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 electric lighting and heating that is of a permanent nature and sufficient 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 barrier must not be able to be removed.
                    • The proposed location must be easily accessible from a public roadway and identified as a motor vehicle dealership.
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.

Used Motor Vehicle Training: Effective January 1, 2015, a used motor vehicle training course must be completed prior to applying for a used motor vehicle dealer’s license (R.C. 4517.05).

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.
Dealers are required to purchase at least one dealer plate.
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
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, to confirm that compliance is being maintained.


Permit $50.00
Master Plate (required) $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.