Ohio Dealer License

Ohio Dealers Licenses are regulated by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Dealer Licensing Section in Columbus, Ohio.

To obtain an Ohio Dealer License, you can call the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Dealer Licensing Section at 614-752-7636 or contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Dealer Licensing Section at:

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Attention: Dealer Licensing Section
P.O. Box 16521
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6521

Complete Ohio Dealer License Application

You must complete and Ohio dealer license application in order to obtain an Ohio dealers license. You can download the application by following the link below:


Business Building

You must have a place of business to be used solely for the purpose of selling motor vehicles. It must be physically separated from any other business or residence with a permanent barrier which cannot be moved. You must have a permanent office in the building that has at least 180 square feet. The office must be kept clean and organized. Your office must include a desk and three chairs. You must also have at least one filing cabinet. The office must have permanent lighting and heating. Be sure the office never becomes a storage area. You must also have a working landline telephone that is answered in the dealership name. Be sure to post the phone number prominently so your customers can see it. If you ever change your telephone number you must notify the Ohio Motor Vehicle Bureau in writing. The Ohio Motor Vehicle Bureau requires your business meet all local zoning requirements. Be sure to check your local zoning ordinances to ensure an automotive business is allowed at the location you have chosen for your dealership.

Ohio Dealer Display Lot

Your Ohio dealership display lot must be at least 3500 square feet. It also needs to have a hard surface such as gravel or concrete. A grassy area does not qualify as a display lot. You must separate your display lot from any other business or residence with a non movable barrier such as a cement parking barrier.

Business Sign and Photographs

You must have a permanent business sign with your Ohio dealer name prominently displayed. Your dealership name must be in 6 inch high or larger letters. Your Ohio dealer license application must also include a photograph of your business building, display lot, and business sign. You must also display your hours of operation somewhere on the front of the building. The dealership must be staffed during the hours of operation by an owner, a licensed sales person, a partner, or other corporate officer. You must send photographs of your business. The photographs must include your display lot, both inside & outside of your office, your business sign, posted business hours, posted business telephone, and expanded display lot if applicable. You can email the photographs to dealerphotos@dps.ohio.gov  in JPG format or enclose the photographs in your dealer application packet. If emailing the photos, be sure to include your dealership name and the name of your county in the subject of the email. An iPhone, Android phone, any smart phone, or digital camera can be used to create your JPG photographs. Failing to send the photographs can cause significant delays in the application process.

How to Get an Ohio Dealer License

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle requires Ohio's dealers to have a net worth of  $75,000. It is very easy to estimate your net worth. Just add up all of your assets then subtract your liabilities. The State of Ohio wants to ensure each dealer is financially secure before being issued an Ohio Dealers License.

Salespersons License

Ohio requires each salesperson employed by an Ohio dealership to be licensed by the State. You can find the Ohio Salesperson application by clicking on the link below:



You must obtain fingerprints before the State of Ohio will approve your dealer license application. They want to ensure they are not granting a dealer license to anyone that has been involved in automotive, sales tax, or financial crimes. Click here to find the nearest location to obtain your official Ohio dealer license fingerprinting:


Dealer Lot Inspection

You will be required to have your lot inspected by an official with Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Dealer Licensing section before your dealer license application is approved. Just call the Dealer Licensing section at 614-752-7636 to schedule this quick painless inspection.

Temporary Tags

Click here for Ohio temporary tag instructions:


Mail Ohio Dealer License Application Packet to:

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Attn: Dealer Licensing Section
P.O. Box 16521
Columbus, Ohio 43216-6521

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Good Luck In Obtaining Your Ohio Dealer License!

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