4501:1-11-03 Installation of a replacement vehicle identification number (VIN) plate.

(A) Upon receipt of the copy of the application for a replacement VIN plate, all replacement plates and other necessary devices or materials, the highway patrol inspection station shall set a date and time for the inspection and installation of the replacement VIN plates and other devices. The highway patrol inspection station shall attempt to schedule a date and time which is mutually agreeable to both the owner and the highway patrol. The inspection and the inspection fee shall be in accordance with the provisions of division (E) of section 4505.11 of the Revised Code and shall include inspection of the following:

(1) The federal safety decal number;

(2) The engine and transmission numbers;

(3) Any manufacturer's applied numbers which can be traced by available record to the original VIN;

(4) Any owner's applied number which can be traced to the original owner or VIN;

(5) Any other number determined by the registrar or the highway patrol inspector to be relevant to the inspection.

(B) Upon proper identification of the motor vehicle by the highway patrol inspector, the inspector shall make appropriate arrangements to authorize and supervise the installation of the replacement VIN plate. If a duplicate original VIN plate has been obtained, it shall be installed in accordance with this rule. If a duplicate original VIN plate has not been obtained, an Ohio replacement VIN plate produced by the registrar shall be installed in accordance with this rule.

(C) If it is practical to do so, and if the applicant agrees to bear any additional expenses, the duplicate original or Ohio replacement VIN plate shall be installed in the manufacturer's original location. If it is not practical to do so, or if the applicant declines to bear the additional expenses for installation in the manufacturer's original location, the duplicate original or Ohio replacement VIN plate shall be installed in the following manners:

(1) In passenger cars, affix replacement VIN plate to a clean surface located on a portion of the left front door pillar post. If this is not practical because of the construction of the vehicle, alternate locations should be used in the following order of preference: first, in engine compartment on body driver's side of cowl; second, any portion of the left front vehicle main frame which is visible and yet protected from possible damage or destruction. A windshield decal shall be placed on the inside left lower corner of the windshield, near the original VIN plate location, stating that the vehicle is equipped with an Ohio replacement VIN plate. The registrar shall prescribe the design and specifications of the windshield decal.

(2) On motorcycles, affix the replacement VIN plate to a clean surface area on the left side near the headstock.

(3) On trailers and semitrailers, affix the replacement VIN plate to the left front corner of the trailer or semitrailer body six inches from the traffic side.

(4) On commercial cars, affix the replacement VIN plate to the left front door pillar post.

(5) On schoolbuses, buses, housecars, and motor homes, affix the replacement VIN plate to a portion of the left front door pillar post if available. If a left front door pillar post is not available, then affix the replacement VIN plate to the main passenger entryway door pillar post. If the pillar post is not available, then affix the replacement VIN plate to any portion of the left front main frame which is visible and protected from possible damage or destruction.

(6) On mobile homes, affix the replacement VIN to the left front corner of vehicle six inches from the traffic side.

(D) The replacement VIN plate shall be riveted securely to the body or the frame by, or under the direct supervision of, an Ohio highway patrol officer.

(E) If it is necessary to replace the derivative VIN on the engine or transmission or on any other vehicle part, the replacement shall be done by the method prescribed by the registrar in rule 4501:1-11-02 of the Administrative Code. The attachment or installation of any replacement derivative replacement VIN shall be done by, or under the direct supervision of, an Ohio highway patrol officer.

(F) The applicant shall bear the cost of any professional, mechanical, or labor costs incurred in the installation of any VIN plate, replacement derivative VIN, or decal.

(G) The highway patrol inspection station shall give written notification to the registrar of the results of the inspection as soon after the completion of the inspection as is practical.

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