4519.70 Minor prohibited from acquiring or disposing of vehicle.

(A)

(1) No minor under eighteen years of age shall purchase or otherwise acquire an off-highway motorcycle or all-purpose vehicle and obtain a certificate of title for the motorcycle or vehicle unless the application for the certificate of title is accompanied by a form prescribed by the registrar of motor vehicles that is signed by a parent of the minor, the minor's guardian, or other person having custody of the minor authorizing the purchase or acquisition of the off-highway motorcycle or all-purpose vehicle.

(2) No minor under eighteen years of age shall sell or otherwise dispose of an off-highway motorcycle or all-purpose vehicle for which a certificate of title has been issued under this chapter unless a parent of the minor, the minor's guardian, or other person having custody of the minor furnishes to the buyer or person acquiring the motorcycle or vehicle, at the time of the sale or disposition, a form prescribed by the registrar that is signed by the parent, guardian, or other person authorizing the sale or disposition of the off-highway motorcycle or all-purpose vehicle.

(B) At the time an application for a certificate of title for an off-highway motorcycle or all-purpose vehicle described in division (A) of this section is submitted, the adult who signed the form authorizing the sale, disposition, purchase, or acquisition of the motorcycle or vehicle by the minor shall be present and shall provide identification establishing that the adult is the individual whose signature appears on the form. The registrar shall prescribe, by rule, the types of identification that are acceptable for the purposes of this division. If the adult who signed the form does not provide identification as required by this division, the application shall be refused.

(C) No right, title, claim to, or interest in an off-highway motorcycle or all-purpose vehicle shall be acquired by or from a minor unless the application for a certificate of title for the motorcycle or vehicle is accompanied by the form required by this section.

(D) No clerk of a court of common pleas shall be held liable in any civil action that arises under the law of this state for injury or loss to persons or property caused when a person has obtained a certificate of title in violation of this section, unless the clerk failed to use reasonable diligence in ascertaining the age of the minor or the identity of the adult who signed the form authorizing the sale, disposition, purchase, or acquisition of the off-highway motorcycle or all-purpose vehicle by the minor.

Effective Date: 07-01-1999