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Dealer Licensing

Dealer Licensing

Distributor Display

A new motor vehicle being displayed in any public place in which only one motor vehicle is displayed.

If any provisions as set forth in 4517.22 of the O.R.C have been violated, the Motor Vehicle Dealer Board may order an administrative penalty for each violation, including but not limited to each sale that occurs, and each day a violation occurs or continues to occur.


A motor vehicle displayed by the distributor must comply with the following:

  • The distributor must submit an affidavit requesting the Registrar’s approval not less than 30 days before the planned opening date of the show.
  • All vehicles must belong to the distributor.
  • No contracts may be signed, deposits taken or sales consummated at the location.
Record Retention

All new motor vehicle distributors that have filed an affidavit(s) with the BMV for a motor vehicle display must maintain a copy of the affidavit(s) for their records for one year from the last day of the display.


Affidavit for a Distributor Display BMV 4365 PDF Word


Ohio Revised Code: 4517.22

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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