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Dealers News

Dealers asked and the BMV listened. Coming this month, there will be the additional payment option for online services to pay with a credit card. Using a credit card does come with a service fee of $1.75 or 2% (whichever is more) of the total cost of an order. A third party vendor not the BMV charges the service fees, and the BMV does not retain any portion of the service fee. NOTE: The option to pay using an electronic check will still be available with no additional service fees.
*Credit card option will not be available for dealers that have unresolved returned checks. Please contact the Tax Distribution Section at (614) 752-2084 to resolve any outstanding fees/returned checks.

February 7, 2020

Draft Rules Open for Public Comment
You are invited to offer public comment on the proposed actions to Chapter 4501:1-3, Motor Vehicle Dealers and Salespersons, of the Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) as outlined in the provided link. Public comments may be submitted to through 11:59 p.m. on January 21, 2020. Please copy the Common Sense Initiative Office, which governs the state's regulatory process, on all public comments at

January 8, 2020

Effective December 1, 2019 the cost of a temporary tag will be $20.00. For full details on how this will affect your dealership when ordering temporary tags please open the link.

November 22, 2019

Ohio's new Notary Modernization law goes into effect on September 20th. Per the Secretary of State's Office, the applicable Rules will go into effect on September 22nd. For further information regarding the law changes please visit the Secretary of State's website.

September 19, 2019

As you may already be aware, the BMV is diligently working on the Temporary Tag issue regarding the tag number falling off. If a customer returns to your dealership with a temporary tag and the tag number has fallen off, you will need to issue a REPLACEMENT temporary tag. The BMV will be reimbursing dealers for those temporary tags that are being replaced due to defective material. Further details will be provided when available.
  • Display the temporary tag in plain view in the rear window of the motor vehicle as permitted in the Ohio Revised Code 4503.21(A)(3).
  • Make sure you keep track of any replacement temporary tags that you have had to issue.
  • Please watch the announcements for updated information regarding the temporary tags reimbursement process.
NOTE: If your customer goes to a Deputy Registrar (local BMV) to obtain a replacement temporary tag, they will be charged at the full price of $18.50.

March 13, 2019

New Title Design and Size May Affect Dealer Management Software Systems
The BMV is excited to report that a new Ohio Certificate of Title will be introduced and implemented in multiple phases beginning mid-January 2019. The phased implementation will occur over several months, county by county. Dealerships who utilize DMS may need to have their vendor make adjustments. Please log in to Dealers Online Services for additional information.

December 18, 2018


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