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Dealer Licensing

Dealer Licensing

Salvage Motor Vehicle – Dealer, Auction or Pool

A business licensed for the purpose of one of the following:

  • Selling salvage motor vehicle parts and secondarily selling salvage motor vehicles, or
  • Auctioning salvage motor vehicles to authorized purchasers, or
  • Storing and selling salvage motor vehicles to authorized purchasers.

Applications for a salvage motor vehicle license shall be denied for reasons listed in the O.R.C. 4738.07 which include:

  • Conviction of a crime of moral turpitude or disqualifying offense as defined in O.R.C. 4776.10.
  • Conviction of ANY misdemeanor or felony (regardless of the conviction date) related to dealing in salvage motor vehicles.
  • Conviction of a felony that is not a crime of moral turpitude or a disqualifying offense less than three years prior to application.
  • Conviction of a misdemeanor that is not a crime of moral turpitude or a disqualifying offense less than one year prior to application.


Motor Vehicle Salvage Dealer, Salvage Motor Vehicle Auction, Salvage Motor Vehicle Pool Application BMV 4363 PDF Word
  Declaration Under Penalty of Perjury (submit with BMV 4363 above) BMV 4315 PDF Word

Physical Location Requirements

  • Verify with local authorities the zoning regulations for the proposed facility. The Dealer Licensing Section does not preempt the enforcement by local authorities of zoning, health, safety codes or laws.
  • Must have a minimum area of a contiguous 50,000 square feet.
  • Area must be shielded by a fence meeting the following requirements, except in very limited instances and not in violation of the relevant provisions of sections O.R.C. 4737.07 and 4737.09:
    • Fencing shall be a minimum height of six feet and a maximum of 10 feet.
    • Fencing shall shield the salvage place of business from ordinary view. All inventory of the business shall be stored behind the fence or enclosure to promote and preserve a positive visual impact of the salvage yard's business on the surrounding neighborhood.

NOTE: A living hedge of equal or greater height and sufficient density to prevent view of the salvage place of business may be substituted for the fence.

  • An office in which business will be transacted, in a building not less than 225 square feet, consisting of a clearly-identifiable area devoted to sales transactions.
  • The business hours must be maintained and legibly posted in a conspicuous place near the entrance of the office.
  • A permanent, properly maintained, and prominently displayed sign showing the exact name of the business as it appears on the application and, any registered trade names in letters, in letters that shall be no less than six inches high.

NOTE: A physical inspection will be performed by BMV Investigations shortly before license issuance. If the licensed location fails to meet any of the listed requirements, it will immediately be referred to the Motor Vehicle Dealers Board for possible suspension or revocation of the license.

Additional Application Requirements


Photographs of the proposed physical location 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. The photographs shall reveal the following, but are not limited to:

  • The salvage business for which the license is being sought
  • The sign with the business name, including any registered trade names (minimum 6-inch lettering)
Background Check Information
  • Ohio residents who are owners, all partners, president, all members, owning 10 percent or more, and all trustees MUST be electronically fingerprinted and have the results forwarded to the Dealer Licensing Section, P.O. Box 16521, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6521. Click HERE for a list of electronic fingerprinting locations on Ohio Attorney General website.
  • Out-of-state residents may submit a fingerprint card and processing fee. Acceptable fingerprint card(s) may be obtained only by contacting the Dealer Licensing Section at (614) 752-7636. Do not send the fingerprint card directly to Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI).
  • If BCI reports the person has ever been arrested for any reason, has criminal record, or is a multi-state offender, the applicant should expect significant delays. The person being fingerprinted can reduce the possibility of having the application delayed by explaining their circumstances, including the charge they were convicted of, fully and completely on a separate sheet and providing a copy of the court’s journal entry showing the final disposition of the arrest and/or conviction with the application.

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 taking the prints.

Optional Plates

Salvage motor vehicle dealers, auctions and pools are eligible for special plates for use on motor vehicles being transported by any persons regularly engaged in salvage operations or scrap metal processing from the point of acquisition to their established place of business (salvage dealer license required).

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 Revised Code: 4738

Ohio Administrative Code: 4501:1-4

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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