4519.05 Destruction or transfer of vehicle - lost or destroyed registration.

(A) Whenever a registered snowmobile, off-highway motorcycle, or all-purpose vehicle is destroyed or similarly disposed of, the owner shall surrender the certificate of registration to the registrar of motor vehicles or a deputy registrar within fifteen days following the destruction or disposal. The registrar thereupon shall cancel the certificate and enter that fact in the registrar's records.

In the case of an off-highway motorcycle or all-purpose vehicle for which a certificate of title has been issued, the owner also shall surrender the certificate of title to the clerk of the court of common pleas who issued it and the clerk, with the consent of any lienholders noted thereon, shall enter a cancellation upon the clerk's records and shall notify the registrar of the cancellation. Upon the cancellation of a certificate of title in the manner prescribed by this division, the clerk and the registrar may cancel and destroy all certificates of title and memorandum certificates of title in that chain of title.

(B) Subject to division (B) of section 4519.03 of the Revised Code, whenever the ownership of a registered snowmobile, off-highway motorcycle, or all-purpose vehicle is transferred by sale or otherwise, the new owner, within fifteen days following the transfer, shall make application to the registrar or a deputy registrar for the transfer of the certificate of registration. Upon receipt of the application and a fee of one dollar, the registrar shall transfer the certificate to the new owner and shall enter the new owner's name and address in the registrar's records.

(C) Whenever the owner of a registered snowmobile, off-highway motorcycle, or all-purpose vehicle changes address, the owner shall surrender the certificate of registration to the registrar or a deputy registrar within fifteen days following the address change. Upon receipt of the certificate, the registrar shall enter the new address thereon and shall make the appropriate change in the registrar's records. In a case where the owner's change of address involves a move outside of the state, the registrar shall cancel the certificate of registration for that snowmobile, off-highway motorcycle, or all-purpose vehicle.

(D) Whenever a certificate of registration for a snowmobile, off-highway motorcycle, or all-purpose vehicle is lost, mutilated, or destroyed, the owner may obtain a duplicate certificate, which shall be identified as such, upon application and the payment of a fee of one dollar.

(E) The registrar and each deputy registrar may collect and retain an additional fee of two dollars and seventy-five cents commencing on July 1, 2001, three dollars and twenty-five cents commencing on January 1, 2003, and three dollars and fifty cents commencing on January 1, 2004, for each application for the transfer of a certificate of registration or duplicate certificate of registration received by the registrar or deputy registrar.

(F) Whoever violates division (A), (B), or (C) of this section shall be fined not more than twenty-five dollars for a first offense; for each subsequent offense, the offender shall be fined not less than twenty-five nor more than fifty dollars.

Effective Date: 01-01-2004; 09-16-2004