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Dealer Licensing

Dealer Licensing

Expanded Display Site

A display area adjacent to a licensed motor vehicle dealer’s principally established place of business.


A written request for approval must be submitted with applicable photographs and fee.

General Information & Requirements

The purpose is to assist dealers in need of additional display space without requiring a separate license, office service area or under-roof display area.

  • All business transactions must occur at the principal location.
  • If there is a building on the display area being used as an office, the site will be considered a secondary location, and must comply with all physical requirements for a secondary location. Otherwise, use of the site will be denied.
Physical Requirements
  • Must be adjacent to or within 200 feet of the right-of-way of the dealership’s principal place of business.
  • Must be used exclusively for the display of motor vehicles.
  • Must be 2,000 square feet in area, not including driveways, and must be of a hard surface to prevent the collection of dust, mud, water and other unsightly conditions.
  • Must have a sign in the exact business name, with lettering at least six inches high. The sign must be prominently displayed, properly maintained and permanent.

An on-site inspection of the premises will be conducted by a BMV investigator to determine if the location meets all the physical requirements. Once an expanded display site has been approved, the dealership is subject to random inspection, including pertinent records, to confirm that compliance is being maintained.

If the expanded display site is found to be in violation of the Ohio Revised Code or Ohio Administrative Code, warnings and/or citations may be issued, the application for renewal of the license may be denied or a license may be revoked or suspended.


Photographs of the proposed expanded display site and permanent sign in the exact business name must be submitted with an application or emailed as attachments in JPG format only to with the business name and county name or county number in the subject of email.


Ohio Revised Code: 4517

Ohio Administrative Code: 4501:1-3-10

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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