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.

How To Transfer a Car Title in Ohio

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:

Step 4. Apply for a New Certificate of Title

Use Ohio form BMV 3774, Application for Certificate of Title to a Motor Vehicle.

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.

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