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Dealer Licensing

Dealer Licensing

Dealer License Plates

A motor vehicle dealer license is required to obtain dealer plates. See “Licenses – Motor Vehicle Dealers” for physical requirements and instructions for applying.

  • Dealer license plates may be used on any motor vehicle, other than commercial cars, owned by the dealer (titled for resale in the dealership name).
  • Dealer plates may be displayed on any motor vehicle owned by or lawfully in the possession of the dealer or the agent or employee of the dealer, and shall be displayed on no other motor vehicle.
  • Dealer plates may be displayed on a motor vehicle when the vehicle is in transit from the dealer to the purchaser, when the vehicle is being demonstrated for sale or lease or when the vehicle is being otherwise utilized by the dealer, a prospective purchaser or a third party operating the vehicle with the permission of the dealer.
  • Dealer plates may NOT be used for delivery, hauling, transporting or any commercial purpose.


Ohio Revised Code: 4503.30

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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