Ohio Vehicle Titles

Instructions for Signing a Vehicle Title in Ohio when Selling Private Party

1. Obtain the Ohio Certificate of Title: As the seller, you must possess the original vehicle title. If the title has been lost or misplaced, you will need to apply for a duplicate title at your local Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office before proceeding.

2. Complete the Front of the Title: On the front of the Ohio Certificate of Title, locate the section labeled “Assignment of Title by Registered Owner(s).” Provide the following information in the designated fields:

a. Printed Name(s) of the Seller(s): Write your full legal name(s) exactly as shown on the title.

b. Address of the Seller(s): Provide your complete address, including city, state, and ZIP code.

c. Date of Sale: Enter the date when the vehicle is being sold.

d. Odometer Disclosure: Accurately record the current mileage of the vehicle at the time of sale.

3. Provide Ownership Release: Under the “Assignment of Title by Registered Owner(s)” section, the seller(s) must sign their name(s) in the presence of a notary public. Ensure that the signature(s) match(es) the printed name(s) provided in step 2a.

4. Complete the Back of the Title (If Applicable): If there is a section labeled “Assignment of Title Upon Death of Owner” on the back of the title, it is usually left blank unless the seller is transferring ownership due to the death of the registered owner. In this case, consult the Ohio BMV or a professional for specific instructions.

5. Prepare a Bill of Sale (Optional): While Ohio does not require a Bill of Sale, it is highly recommended to create one to protect both parties involved in the transaction. Include the following details:

a. Vehicle Information: Make, model, year, vehicle identification number (VIN), and license plate number.

b. Buyer and Seller Information: Full legal names, addresses, and driver’s license numbers of both parties.

c. Sale Details: Date of sale, purchase price, and any relevant conditions or agreements.

d. Signatures: Both buyer and seller should sign the Bill of Sale as proof of the transaction.

6. Exchange Payment and Documents: Collect the agreed upon payment from the buyer in the form of cash, check, or other acceptable methods. Provide the buyer with the properly signed title and a copy of the Bill of Sale (if applicable) as proof of ownership transfer.

7. Notify the Ohio BMV: As the seller, it is recommended to notify the Ohio BMV of the vehicle transfer by completing an Affidavit of Non-Dealer Transfers (form BMV 3774) within 30 days of the sale. This form can be obtained from the Ohio BMV website or your local BMV office.

Remember, selling a vehicle privately may have additional legal and tax implications. It is advisable to consult the Ohio BMV or a legal professional for any specific questions or concerns during the selling process.

Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles