As the seller / registered owner follow these instructions to properly complete an Ohio title upon sale:
NOTE: Title signatures must be NOTARIZED
- Clear up any Liens on your title, and obtain a paper title with no liens shown. First, if you have a paper title showing liens released, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the Bureau of Motor Vehicles has a record of it. Second, if your loan is paid off, the Bureau may have that record, but you have no title because you didn’t apply for it (they do not necessarily send the title to you at pay-off). In either case, you can visit your BMV County Clerk of Courts Title Office, pay the $15 title fee and obtain a title you can use to sell the vehicle. Locations of the Title offices can be found at the link http://bmv.ohio.gov/locations.aspx (Scroll down under BMV Locations after clicking your County)
- On the back of the title, the upper half of the page will be filled in beginning under ASSIGNMENT OF OWNERSHIP.
- Enter the date and the price. Check the “yes/no” box regarding “Minor”.
- Print the name and complete address of the Transferee(s)/Buyer(s) on the lines provided.
- Under ODOMETER CERTIFICATION fill in the odometer reading in the space provided. Enter your mileage EXACTLY AS IT APPEARS ON YOUR ODOMETER. DO NOT INCLUDE “TENTHS”. If the odometer does not reflect the actual miles on the car, check the box that says “The odometer reading is not the actual mileage. WARNING – ODOMETER DISCREPANCY”.
- Note the boxes to be checked regarding the vehicle’s prior use or damage. Disregard if not applicable.
- Do not sign anything until you are with the NOTARY PUPLIC.
- The seller(s) prints and then signs name(s) on the lines provided (If more than one name you will have to squeeze them into the space). MAKE SURE TO PRINT YOUR NAME (OR NAMES) EXACTLY as appears on the front of the title below “OWNER”. (DON’T USE SHORT NAMES OR NICKNAMES!). Where there are TWO registered owners listed on the title, you must check to see if there is an“OR” or nothing listed between the registered owners’ names. If there is an “OR”, EITHER registered owner can sign and print their name using the instructions above. Otherwise, the signatures and printed names of BOTH registered owners are required.
- Print your address on the line below the signatures.
- Similarly, the purchaser(s) signs and prints in the spaces provided under TRANSFEREE’S/BUYER’S ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF ABOVE ODOMETER CERTIFCATION.
- Now have the NOTARY PUBLIC complete the document.
- Make a photocopy of both sides of the re-assigned title for your records. The vehicle is still officially yours until buyer re-titles it.
- Keep your license plates. You can transfer them to another of your vehicles.
Remember, car title is a legal document;
- Do not erase anything or use “white-out”
- Do not cross out or scratch anything out
- Write neatly with good handwriting
- Only use BLACK or BLUE ink
- Use actual names…no nicknames!
- Don’t Make Mistakes!
- Any errors can void the document!
If your Ohio car title is lost or damaged, please refer to ohio replacement title instructions.
Where to Sign the Ohio Title When Selling a Car
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