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Any person engaged in the business of regularly making available, offering to make available or arranging for another person to use a motor vehicle pursuant to a bailment, lease, sublease or other contractual arrangement under which a charge is made for its use at a periodic rate for a term of 30 days or more, and title of the motor vehicle is in and remains in the motor vehicle leasing dealer who originally leases it, irrespective of whether or not the motor vehicle is the subject of a later sublease, and not in the user, but does not mean a manufacturer or its affiliate leasing to its employees or to dealers.
NOTE: A subsidiary, corporation or other business entity established for the purpose of leasing back to the parent, sister or associated company, and the general public is not involved, DOES NOT qualify for a leasing dealer’s license.
In-state motor vehicle leasing dealers who make motor vehicles available for personal, family or household use by another in the manner described in the definition above shall have an easily-recognizable established place of business and meet all of the following:
NOTE (In-State Only): A physical inspection will be performed by BMV Investigations physical inspection will be performed prior to or after the issuance of the license. If the licensed location fails to meet any of the listed requirements, the license will immediately be referred to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Board for possible suspension or revocation of the license.
Special license plates may be purchased to be used in conjunction with the leasing dealer license. The license plates may only be used on motor vehicles being demonstrated for the purpose of a lease.
NOTE: A reasonable number of additional plates may be requested to support the auction business. However the plates may not be used contrary to uses as specified in the Ohio Revised Code Section 4503.31. Plates used for any other purpose may be reduced or subject to confiscation.
Ohio Administrative Code: 4501:1-3
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
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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