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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

CHANGE OF NAME

If your name is changed through marriage or court proceedings, the name on your Certificate of Title cannot be changed.  There is no authority in the law to issue a new title in your name, for the same vehicle.  Change of name is done only for a change of ownership.

DEATH OF AN OWNER

An application for transfer from Probate Court is needed on an Ohio title.  A court order is needed for an out of state title.  Death certificates cannot be used to transfer a title unless it is a spouse.  Please contact the Auto Title Department for additional information.

DEATH OF A SPOUSE

Upon presentation of a death certificate, the following titles may be transferred to the surviving spouse.  Up to two vehicles with a total value not in excess of $40,000, a boat, and a boat motor. Mobile homes, motor homes, motorcycles, ATVís and semi trailers are among the vehicles that cannot be transferred to a spouse with a death certificate.  Additional information may be obtained from the Title Department.

HOW TO PAY FOR TITLE FEES AND TAXES

Section 4505.06 O.R.C. requires that the Ohio Sales Tax and Use Tax must be paid in CASH, CERTIFIED CHECK, DRAFT OR MONEY ORDER to the Clerk of Courts before an application for an automobile title can be accepted.  The Clerk of Courts is required to administer this law and collect this tax for the State of Ohio.

LATE FILING FEE

Titles must be issued in your name within 30 days of the date assigned to you to avoid an additional $5.00 fee. 

MINOR CONSENT FORM

Effective July 1, 1990, Amended Sub. HB 88, enacted section 4505.031 ORC, prohibits a minor under 18 years of age from selling or purchasing or disposing of a motor vehicle without authorization from a parent or guardian.  The parent or guardian must fill out and sign a minor consent form.  The person signing the form must be present with identification when the title is transferred.

SALES TAX

The Ohio State Legislature enacted a Sales Tax Law (effective 5-21-51) on a casual sale of any motor vehicle. Any person purchasing a motor vehicle from another person must state the purchase price upon which a 5.75% STATE SALES TAX and 1.0% TRUMBULL COUNTY SALES TAX (for a total of 6.75% for Trumbull County Residents) is levied. Effective August, 1981, all boats and motors became taxable the same as motor vehicles. Therefore, any person purchasing a boat or motor from another person must state the state the purchase price upon which a 5.75% STATE SALES TAX and 1.0% TRUMBULL COUNTY SALES TAX (for a total of 6.75% for Trumbull County residents). Because of the enactment of cross-county titling, residents of counties other than Trumbull County are subject to the 5.75% STATE SALES TAX and any additional taxes enacted by their resident county, when requesting titles in Trumbull County, Ohio.

USE TAX

Effective 9/01/2013

A 5.75% STATE USE TAX AND 1.0% COUNTY USE TAX (for a total of 6.75% USE TAX FOR TRUMBULL COUNTY RESIDENTS) must be paid by a resident of Trumbull County, Ohio when he purchases a motor vehicle outside of the State of Ohio. This applies to the purchase of any motor vehicle either for use or storage in OHIO. If the tax had been paid out of state at the time of purchase then the customer must furnish the Title Department with PROOF that that tax had been paid and we would collect the difference (if any, if said tax less than 6.75%) of any use tax due. Because of the enactment of cross-county titling, residents of other counties within Ohio are subject to the 5.75% STATE USE TAX and any additional taxes enacted by their resident county when requesting titles in Trumbull County, Ohio.