(A) The registrar of motor vehicles shall, not less than forty-five days prior to the vehicle registration expiration date, notify the owner of any vehicle with valid registration in the state of Ohio the date upon which the vehicle registration will expire. The notice shall be in a form prescribed by the registrar, contain any information required by statute or prescribed by the registrar, and be sent by regular mail to the owner's last known address on the owner's vehicle registration record as maintained by the bureau of motor vehicles.
(B) Upon receipt of the notice, the owner of the motor vehicle shall verify the information contained in the notice, sign it, and return it in person to the registrar or a deputy registrar or by mail or by electronic means to the registrar together with payment of all the registration taxes and fees due as indicated on the notice and with any other documents required by statute or by the registrar.
(C) The registrar shall designate the types of vehicles and classes of license plates eligible for direct mail-in or electronic registration renewal, or renewal at a deputy registrar location, or combinations of renewal methods and locations.
(D) Notwithstanding any other provision of this rule, the registrar shall not be required to send a vehicle registration renewal notice to owners of special vehicles pursuant to Chapter 4521. of the Revised Code, owners whose vehicle registration privileges are under suspension; owners who previously gave a bad check in purported payment of registration fees; owners who hold commercial radio or television reserve plates; owners of gratis plates; owners of school, church, or transit bus plates; owners of leased or fleet vehicles who fail to respond to any request for information; and any other owner for good cause or for whom complete and current registration information is not available.
(E) Failure to receive a renewal notice shall not relieve a motor vehicle owner from the responsibility to renew the registration for the motor vehicle.
(F) The registrar may reject any application for renewal registration by mail or by electronic means if the application does not comply with any applicable statute, any applicable rule, or any of the instructions prescribed by the registrar.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates:
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4503.101, 4503.102
Rule Amplifies: 4503.101, 4503.102
Prior Effective Dates: 12/23/88 (Emer.), 04/09/89, 07/06/96, 10/01/00, 04/29/07