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Documents required for an individual to complete a first-time or yearly registration renewal: Individuals acquiring a first-time vehicle registration or completing a renewal will be required to present the vehicle owner’s Ohio driver license or State of Ohio ID card. If one of these documents is not presented, the individual will be required to present two documents from the BMV Acceptable Documents list, which can be viewed on the Ohio BMV Internet site at: http://bmv.ohio.gov/acceptable_id_documents.stm. One of the documents must prove the Ohio driver license number, State of Ohio ID card number or Social Security number (SSN). If the vehicle owner does not have an Ohio driver license or State of Ohio ID, a state-issued license or state-issued ID card from another state will be accepted along with one document from the BMV Acceptable Documents list.

 

Documents required to issue a 30-day temporary tag: An Ohio resident must provide an Ohio address, present an Ohio driver license, an Ohio ID, or documentary proof of the owner’s SSN as per the BMV Acceptable Documents List. If the vehicle owner is not an Ohio resident, they must present a driver license or ID card from any state of the United States or province of Canada OR documentary proof of the person’s Social Security number (SSN) as per the BMV Acceptable Documents List. A foreign national (other than a Canadian national) must present proof of legal presence in order to obtain a Temporary Tag.

 

Documents required for registering a vehicle using power of attorney: A person authorized to register a vehicle on behalf of another is a “Person Granted Authority,” or PGA. To register a vehicle, the PGA will be required to present driver license or ID card from any state of the United States or province of Canada OR, documentary proof of the PGA’s Social Security number (SSN) as per the BMV Acceptable Documents List. If PGA cannot prove their identity, no vehicle registration can be issued. The PGA must also provide the vehicle owner’s Ohio driver license number, State of Ohio ID card number or documentary proof of the individual owner’s Social Security number on the BMV 5736 (available online at http://bmv.ohio.gov/bmv_forms.stm or at any Deputy Registrar location). The BMV 5736 must be filled out completely and signed by the vehicle owner when a PGA is used to register a vehicle. If the vehicle owner’s information provided on the form cannot be verified in the BMV computer system, original documents of the vehicle owner proving the information will be required.

 

Registering vehicles used for hire or principally in connection with an established business: If the vehicle to be registered is to be used for hire or principally in connection with an established business, the BMV will obtain the vehicle owner’s federal tax identification number (TIN) in place of the driver license, state ID or Social Security number. Couriers for licensed motor vehicle dealerships registering a motor vehicle on behalf of the dealer must present their driver license or ID card from any state of the United States or province of Canada OR, documentary proof of the courier’s SSN as per the BMV Acceptable Documents List as well as provide the TIN for the business.

Licensed dealers must still indicate the out-of-state customer’s state operator’s license number, identification number or Social Security number on the BMV 5736 form and submit a copy of that document with the form.

Important Additional Information: An Ohio DL or Ohio ID card is valid for all registration purposes if it is unexpired or expired for less than six months.

Failure to provide required documents: In any of these situations, if acceptable documents cannot be provided, the BMV will deny the registration application.

Detailed information can be found on the Ohio BMV Internet site under Vehicle Registration.