Vehicle Titles

Title-Related Processes

Unclaimed Motor Vehicles

Towing Services or Storage Facility

To obtain a certificate of title for an unclaimed motor vehicle, the following conditions must be met:

  • Motor vehicle value must be less than $3,500. Towing and storage fees are not included in the calculation of the vehicle value. However, the new two deductions are subtracted (if applicable) from vehicle value to determine the amount paid to the clerk of Courts.
  • Fees are established by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO). See the Unclaimed Motor Vehicle Affidavit (form BMV 4202) for fees.
  • A search of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) records must be performed by completing a BMV Record Request (form BMV 1173).
  • All notification must be sent by certified mail, express mail with return receipt requested or by a commercial carrier service utilizing any form of delivery requiring a signed receipt to the last known address of the vehicle owner and any lien holder.
  • The first notification must be sent within five business days of the removal of the motor vehicle from the private tow-away zone.
  • If the vehicle remains unclaimed, additional notification shall be sent no later than the 31st and 46th day after the mailing of the first notification.
  • After receiving a receipt signed by any person or notification the delivery was not possible, no further notifications are required, and after 60 days, you may initiate the process to acquire a certificate of title for the unclaimed vehicle by completing the Unclaimed Motor Vehicle Affidavit (form BMV 4202).
  • If a receipt signed by any person or notification the delivery was not possible is never received, you must apply for a court order title.

Please contact any County Clerk of Courts Title Office in Ohio for assistance with required documents.

Ohio Revised Code: 4505.101, 4505.14, 4513.601

 

Repair Garage or Place of Storage

To obtain a certificate of title for an unclaimed motor vehicle, the following conditions must be met:

  • Motor vehicle value must be less than $3,500. Towing and storage fees are not included in the calculation of the vehicle value. However, if applicable, the new two deductions are subtracted from vehicle value to determine the amount paid to the clerk of Courts.
  • The motor vehicle must be unclaimed for 15 days or more following the completion of requested repairs or the agreed term of storage.
  • A search of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) records must be performed by submitting a BMV Record Request (form BMV 1173).
  • Notification to the last known address of any owner and any lienholder must be sent by certified mail with the request of a return receipt.
  • After receiving the signed receipt from the certified mail or notification the delivery was not possible, if the motor vehicle remains unclaimed by any owner or lienholder within 15 days of the mailing of the notice, the lienholder’s lien is invalid and you may file an Unclaimed Motor Vehicle Affidavit (form BMV 4202) to obtain the certificate of title.

Please contact any County Clerk of Courts Title Office in Ohio for assistance with required documents.

Ohio Revised Code: 4505.101, 4505.14, 4513.601

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