4501:1-11-02 Issuance of a replacement vehicle identification number (VIN) plate.

(A) If the registrar determines that the applicant has complied fully with the requirements of rule 4501:1-11-01 of the Administrative Code, a replacement VIN plate or replacement vehicle parts derivative VIN plates, die impressions, or stickers shall be obtained and installed in accordance with this rule.

(B) If it is practical to do so, the registrar shall authorize the use of the original VIN. If it is not practical to authorize the use of the original VIN, the registrar shall assign a new VIN to be used for all purposes in identifying the vehicle and its parts.

(C) If the registrar determines that a duplicate original VIN plate is reasonably available from the original manufacturer of the vehicle, the registrar shall obtain a duplicate original VIN plate to be installed in accordance with this rule.

(D) If the registrar determines that a duplicate original VIN plate is not reasonably available from the original manufacturer of the vehicle, the registrar shall cause an "Ohio replacement VIN" plate to be produced. Said Ohio replacement VIN plate may be produced by the bureau of motor vehicles, the highway patrol, or any other source as prescribed by the registrar. The registrar shall prescribe the size and design of the Ohio replacement VIN plate, which shall be designed to restore the identification of the vehicle in a manner that will deter its theft and facilitate its marketability to the extent that is practical to do so. If it is practical to do so the Ohio replacement VIN plate shall be designed for installation in the manufacturer's original location. The Ohio replacement VIN plate shall contain such security features as the registrar may prescribe.

(E) The registrar shall prescribe a method using dies, plates, stickers, or other suitable means to imprint or attach a replacement derivative VIN on the engine or transmission of the vehicle as may be required.

(F) The registrar shall prescribe a method using plates, stickers, or other suitable means to attach a replacement derivative VIN on any other parts of the vehicle as may be required.

(G) The dies, plates, stickers, or other suitable devices, materials, or equipment required to replace a derivative VIN on any vehicle part shall be obtained by the bureau of motor vehicles or shall be produced by the bureau of motor vehicles or the highway patrol.

(H) The applicant shall pay to the bureau of motor vehicles the actual cost incurred by the bureau of motor vehicles in obtaining or producing the replacement VIN plates, other devices, or materials for the vehicle in question.

(I) The registrar shall send, by regular mail or other appropriate means, a copy of the application for a replacement VIN plate and all plates and other necessary devices, or materials to the Ohio highway patrol vehicle inspection station nearest the applicant's place of residence.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 12/31/2009 and 12/31/2014
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: R.C. 4501.02 , R.C. 4549.62
Rule Amplifies: R.C. 4549.62
Prior Effective Dates: 9-23-93; 3-27-05