You need to know how to transfer a car title in Ohio when you…
- Buy or sell a used car
- Add or remove owners
- Give a vehicle as a gift
- Donate a car
- Transfer ownership in a divorce settlement
- Inherit an automobile
- Move to Ohio from another state
You’ll need the certificate of title. If it’s lost or damaged, request a duplicate title.
Step 1. Check for a Clear Title
If there’s a lien on the title, you’ll need to get a lien discharge before the transfer.
Step 2. Complete the Assignment of Ownership Section of the Title
- Date of the transfer
- Price of the vehicle
- Name and address of the buyer
The seller will need to complete the odometer disclosure in front of a deputy clerk or notary public.
Step 3. Complete Additional Documents
Other documents you may need include:
- Proof of ID
- Proof of vehicle identification number (VIN) inspection
- Surviving Spouse Affidavit and death certificate, if applicable
Step 4. Apply for a New Certificate of Title
Step 5. Pay Fees and Sales Tax
The title fee is $15. There’s a $5 late fee if you apply more than 30 days after buying the car.
Sales tax varies by county.
To transfer a certificate of title in Ohio, you need to Complete both the title assignment on the back of the certificate and apply for a new title.
You may need other forms, depending on your circumstances.
When you buy or sell a used car with PrivateAuto, you get electronic state-specific documents you can sign straight from the platform.