REGISTRATION PROCEDURE CHANGES
OHIO BMV TO CHANGE VEHICLE REGISTRATION PROCEDURE: Move aims to increase security
COLUMBUS - Effective August 1, 2008, the Ohio Bureau of MotorVehicles (BMV) is implementing new measures to reduce the possibilityfor fraudulent motor vehicle registrations.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that documents issued by the OhioBureau of Motor Vehicles are of the highest standard and utmostreliability,” said Ohio Department of Public Safety Director HenryGuzmán. “This is an issue that impacts the safety and security of all Ohioans from a Homeland Security perspective to the safety of lawenforcement officers, the motoring public and even keeping fake IDs outof the hands of minors.”
Individuals acquiring a first-time vehicle registration or completing a renewal will be required to present the vehicle owner’s Ohio driver license or State of Ohio ID card. If one of these documents is not presented, the individual will be required to present two documents fromthe BMV Acceptable Documents list, which can be viewed online at http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/driver_license/aid.htm. One of the documents must prove the Ohio driver license number, State of Ohio ID card numberor Social Security number (SSN). If the vehicle owner does not have anOhio driver license or State of Ohio ID, a state-issued license or state-issued ID card from another state will be accepted along with one document from the BMV Acceptable Documents list.
A person authorized to register a vehicle on behalf of another is a“Person Granted Authority,” or PGA. To register a vehicle, the PGA will be required to present an Ohio driver license or State of OhioID card for themselves as well as provide the vehicle owner’s Ohio driver license number or State of Ohio ID card number on BMV Form 5736 (will be available online at http://bmv.ohio.gov/misc/bmv_forms.htm or at all Deputy Registrar locations). The BMV 5736 must be filled out completely and signed by the vehicle owner when a PGA is used toregister a vehicle. If the vehicle owner’s information that is provided on the form cannot be verified in the BMV computer system, copies of the vehicle owner’s documents proving the information willbe required. In all cases, the PGA must present documentation that proves their identification, copies will not be accepted. If either the PGA or vehicle owner does not have an Ohio driver license or State ofOhio ID card, documents issued in another state will be accepted along with one other document from the BMV Acceptable Documents list.
If the vehicle to be registered is to be used for hire or principally in connection with an established business, the BMV will obtain thevehicle owner’s federal tax identification number (TIN) in place ofthe driver license, state ID or Social Security number. Couriers for licensed motor vehicle dealerships registering a motor vehicle on behalfof the dealer must present their Ohio driver license or State of Ohio IDcard as well as provide the TIN for the business. If the courier doesnot have an Ohio driver license or State of Ohio ID card, documents issued in another state will be accepted along with one other documentfrom the BMV Acceptable Documents list or in accordance with federalrequirements.
In any of these situations, if acceptable documents cannot be provided,the BMV will deny the registration application. Detailed informationabout the vehicle registration process can be found online at :http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/vehicle_registration/vr_info.htm.
“We realize these changes will require some of our customers,including auto dealerships and attorneys, to provide additionaldocumentation when registering a vehicle, but we feel it will enhancethe security of the process and help protect our customers,” said OhioBMV Registrar Mike Rankin.