4503.111 Registration within thirty days of residency.

(A) Within thirty days of becoming a resident of this state, any person who owns a motor vehicle operated or driven upon the public roads or highways shall register the vehicle in this state. If such a person fails to register a vehicle owned by the person, the person shall not operate any motor vehicle in this state under a license issued by another state[.]


(1) Whoever violates division (A) of this section is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

(2) The offense established under division (B)(1) of this section is a strict liability offense and strict liability is a culpable mental state for purposes of section 2901.20 of the Revised Code. The designation of this offense as a strict liability offense shall not be construed to imply that any other offense, for which there is no specified degree of culpability, is not a strict liability offense.

(C) For purposes of division (A) of this section, "resident" means any person to whom any of the following applies:

[(1)] The person maintains their principal residence in this state and does not reside in this state as a result of the person's active service in the United States armed forces.

[(2)] The person is determined by the registrar of motor vehicles to be a resident in accordance with standards adopted by the registrar under section 4507.01 of the Revised Code.

Added by 131st General Assembly File No. TBD, HB 53, §101.01 (Vetoed Provisions), eff. 7/1/2015.