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Dealer Licensing

Dealer Licensing

Special Registration License Plates

There are several legal uses for special Ohio registration. They include:

  • On motor vehicles owned and being used in testing or demonstrating for the purpose of sale or lease (leasing dealer license required).
  • On motor vehicles subject to the rights and remedies of a secured party (repossession).
  • On motor vehicles being held or transported by any insurance company for the purpose of salvage disposition.
  • 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).
  • On motor vehicles owned or in lawful possession of an Ohio non-profit corporation while being used in testing.
  • By persons regularly and primarily engaged in the business of rustproofing, reconditioning, or installing equipment or trim for motor vehicle dealers (transporting dealer owned motor vehicles to and from the dealer's place of business).
  • By persons engaged in manufacturing articles for attachment to motor vehicles when being transported to and from places where mechanical equipment is attached to the chassis of new motor vehicles.
  • On motor vehicles being towed by any person regularly and primarily engaged in the business of towing motor vehicles to a point of storage.
  • On trailers being transported by persons engaged in the business of selling tangible personal property other than motor vehicles.

NOTE: O.R.C. Section 4503.32 prohibits any person from using special plates for any reason except the reason they were obtained.


The application for special registration must be completed, notarized and submitted with the applicable fee. The business location must be inspected to determine if it meets the requirements for issuance of the plates.

Application for Special Ohio Registration BMV 4374 PDF Word


Ohio Revised Code: 4503.31

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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