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Dealer Licensing

Dealer Licensing

Criminal History Record Requirements

All Ohio residents who are listed on any application for a dealers or salespersons license MUST be electronically fingerprinted. Applicants must request that the results be sent electronically to direct copy “BMV Dealer Licensing” at the web check locations in order for them to be forwarded to the BMV Dealer Licensing Section. (For a complete list of electronic fingerprinting locations in Ohio, visit

All out-of-state applicants, or those who qualify for electronic exemption that are listed on the application, MUST submit a fingerprint card (supplied by Dealer Licensing or Ohio Attorney General’s Office), exemption form, and fingerprint card processing fee with the application for license. Contact the Dealer Licensing Section at (614) 752-7636 to request that a fingerprint card and exemption form be mailed to you.

All individuals listed on an application are required to complete a criminal history record through the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation (BCI). A Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) criminal history record is not acceptable in place of BCI criminal history record.

NOTE: Some background checks could take BCI up to thirty (30) days for processing.

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 capturing your fingerprints.

Have Questions?

Please contact us at (614) 752-7636 or email us at Dealers Support.

Monday - Friday
8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Fax: (614) 752-7220

Mailing Address
Ohio BMV Dealer Licensing
PO Box 16521
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6521

In Person (Drop-off Services ONLY)
Ohio Department of Public Safety
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223
Applications or paperwork may be dropped off near the security desk. All paperwork that requires payment, cash, check or money orders are accepted; however, no receipt will be available.

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