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In Ohio, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is the state agency that manages vehicle registration, titles, driver's licenses, and state identification cards. The BMV also handles records and investigations related to these services. The BMV has locations throughout the state. The days and hours of each office may vary, and not all locations offer every service, so check with your local office before you visit.
To apply for a title for your new vehicle, you should visit the County Clerk of Courts Title Office. You will need to bring your completed application, provide a manufacturer's certificate of origin, pay the title fee, and in some counties, provide proof of paying sales tax on the purchase price. If the vehicle is used, you will need the original title assigned to the buyer, in addition to the other forms. You will also need the seller to complete the “assignment of ownership” portion on the back of the title.
To register your vehicle, you must visit the Deputy Registrar License Agency, sign a “Proof of Financial Responsibility” statement, and bring your title and proof of identification. There may be additional requirements depending on the type of vehicle, whether it is a lease or purchase, its weight, and where it will be registered.
The first step to obtaining a driver's license, regardless of age, is to visit a Driver Exam Station to take the required tests. You will need proof of identification, name, and age. Once you have passed the tests, you can proceed to the Deputy Registrar License Agency to apply for a license. In addition to proof of identity, you will also need to show proof of your Social Security number, residency, and citizenship or legal status. For teen drivers, Ohio follows the graduated driver license (GDL) program.