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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Commercial Trailer Multi-Year/Permanent - Frequently Asked Questions

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How long is a multi-year validation stickers good for?

A multi-year registration can be purchased for 2-7 years.

How long is a permanent plate good for?

The permanent registration is valid indefinitely after fees are paid for an 8 year registration period.

Will the permanent plate have a validation sticker?

No. The permanent plate will be a metal plate with the word “permanent” between the bolt holes. It will also display the words “No EXP” on the bottom right hand corner. This will signify that there is a no validation sticker required for this plate.

Will I still be required to have a weight sticker on the permanent plate?

No. Weight stickers will not be issued.

What type of trailers are the multi-year or permanent registrations issued to?

All commercially registered trailers and semi-trailers, leased or rented that qualify for purchase of the multi-year or permanent registration.

What is the cost of a multi-year or permanent registration?

The 2-7 years multi-year registration fee example:

Fee Cost / Years Total
Commercial Trailer License Fee $25.00 x 3 years $75.00
License Tax (HB 87) $11.00 x 3 years $33.00
Permissive Tax* $0 - $20.00 x years $0 - $60.00
Postage   $1.80
Reflector   $0.25
Deputy Registrar Fee   $3.50
Total Fees: $113.55 -$175.55

(*varies by county)

The permanent registration fee example:

Total Fees: $113.55 -$175.55
Fee Cost / Years Total
Commercial Trailer License Fee $25.00 x 8 years $200.00
License Tax (HB 87) $11.00 x 8 years $88.00
Permissive Tax* $0 - $20.00 x years $0 - $160.00
Postage   $1.80
Reflector   $0.25
Deputy Registrar Fee   $3.50
Total Fees: $293.55 -$453.55

(*varies by county)

Can I purchase validation stickers for my fleet of trailers?

Yes. You must have at least 100 registered commercial trailers or more to qualify for a universal sticker. This validation sticker will not display a specific plate number. There is also no additional cost for this universal sticker.

Where can the multi-year or permanent registrations be purchased?

The multi-year or permanent registration can be purchased at any local Deputy Registrar’s office. The IRP Offices issue single year registrations only for commercial trailers.

Are the multi-year or permanent registrations eligible to transfer to another vehicle?

The multi-year registrations are eligible for transfer from one commercial trailer to another with a different vehicle identification number (VIN). The permanent registration is not eligible for transfer to a commercial trailer with a different VIN. Please visit www.ohiobmv.gov for other scenarios regarding transfers.

Can this validation sticker be used on power units?

No. Effective January 1, 2014, power units in Ohio will no longer be issued validation stickers.

What transactions can be completed under the new multi-year process?

New, New/Renew, Replace/Renew, Renew, Transfer/Renew and Replace/Renew/Transfer.

What transactions can be completed as a permanent plate?

New only transactions apply.

Can a commercial permanent plate be reclassified as non-commercial?

No. Permanent registration is not eligible for a class transfer from commercial trailer to non-commercial trailer.

If I purchase a permanent registration, will I receive my plate at that time?

No. You will receive a 30-day trailer temporary card until the arrival of your permanent license plate by mail. Your license plate should arrive within 10-14 business days from the date of purchase.