Chapter 4738: MOTOR VEHICLE SALVAGE

4738.01 Motor vehicle salvage definitions.

As used in sections 4738.01 to 4738.16 of the Revised Code:

(A) "Motor vehicle salvage dealer" means any person who engages in business primarily for the purpose of selling salvage motor vehicle parts and secondarily for the purpose of selling at retail salvage motor vehicles or manufacturing or selling a product of gradable scrap metal.

(B) "Salvage motor vehicle" means any motor vehicle which is in a wrecked, dismantled, or worn out condition, or unfit for operation as a motor vehicle.

(C) "Salvage motor vehicle auction" means any person who on his own behalf or as an agent for a third party engages in business for the purpose of auctioning salvage motor vehicles to motor vehicle salvage dealers.

(D) "Salvage motor vehicle pool" means any person who as an agent for a third party engages in business for the purpose of storing, displaying, and offering for sale salvage motor vehicles to motor vehicle salvage dealers.

(E) "Engaging in business" means commencing, conducting, or continuing in business, or liquidating a business when the liquidator thereof holds himself out to be conducting such business; making a casual sale or otherwise making transfers in the ordinary course of business when the transfers are made in connection with the disposition of all or substantially all of the transferor's assets is not engaging in business.

(F) "Retail sale" or "sale at retail" means the act or attempted act of selling, bartering, exchanging, or otherwise disposing of salvage motor vehicles or salvage motor vehicle parts to an ultimate purchaser for use as a consumer.

(G) "Ultimate purchaser" means, with respect to any salvage motor vehicle or salvage motor vehicle part, a purchaser who in good faith purchases such salvage motor vehicle or part for purposes other than resale and is not licensed as a motor vehicle dealer under Chapter 4517. of the Revised Code.

(H) "Business" includes any activities engaged in by any person for the object of gain, benefit, or advantage either direct or indirect.

(I) "Casual sale" means any transfer of a salvage motor vehicle by a person other than a motor vehicle salvage dealer, to an ultimate purchaser for use as a consumer.

Effective Date: 09-14-1988

4738.02 Motor vehicle salvage dealer's license required.

(A) Except as provided in divisions (B) and (D) of this section, no person shall engage in the business of selling at retail salvage motor vehicles or salvage motor vehicle parts, or assume to engage in any such business without first obtaining a motor vehicle salvage dealer's license pursuant to this chapter.

(B) Except as provided in divisions (B)(1) and (C)(1) of section 4738.03 of the Revised Code, no person shall make more than five casual sales of salvage motor vehicles in a twelve-month period, commencing with the day of the month in which the first such sale is made, nor provide a location or space for the sale at retail of salvage motor vehicles, without obtaining a motor vehicle salvage dealer's license pursuant to this chapter.

(C) Except as provided in division (D) of this section, no person shall operate as a salvage motor vehicle auction or salvage motor vehicle pool without first obtaining the appropriate license pursuant to this chapter.

(D) In case of the dissolution of a partnership by death, the surviving partner may operate under any license obtained by the partnership pursuant to this chapter for a period of sixty days and the heirs or representatives of deceased persons and receivers or trustees in bankruptcy appointed by any competent authority may operate under the license of the person succeeded in possession by the heir, representative, receiver, or trustee in bankruptcy.

(E) Nothing in this chapter applies to any public officer performing his official duties.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986

4738.03 Prohibiting activities by salvage dealer, auction or pool licensees.

(A) No person licensed as a motor vehicle salvage dealer under this chapter shall engage in the business of selling at retail salvage motor vehicle parts or salvage motor vehicles, unless the business is operated primarily for the purpose of selling at retail salvage motor vehicle parts. Any person operating such a business primarily for the purpose of selling at retail salvage motor vehicle parts may secondarily sell at retail salvage motor vehicles or manufacture a product of gradable scrap metal for sale to scrap metal processors or any other consumer.

(B) No person licensed as a salvage motor vehicle auction under this chapter shall:

(1) Make a casual sale of a salvage motor vehicle;

(2) Sell a salvage motor vehicle when having reasonable cause to believe it is not offered by the legal owner thereof;

(3) Sell a salvage motor vehicle to any person except a person licensed as a motor vehicle salvage dealer under this chapter;

(4) Fail to make an Ohio salvage certificate of title available to the purchaser of a salvage motor vehicle sold by the salvage motor vehicle auction, before payment for the salvage motor vehicle is completed;

(5) Operate as a motor vehicle salvage dealer at the same location where any salvage motor vehicle auction is operated.

(C) No person licensed as a salvage motor vehicle pool under this chapter shall:

(1) Make a casual sale of a salvage motor vehicle;

(2) Sell a salvage motor vehicle when having reasonable cause to believe it is not offered by the legal owner thereof;

(3) Sell a salvage motor vehicle to any person except a person licensed as a motor vehicle salvage dealer under this chapter;

(4) Fail to make an Ohio salvage certificate of title available to the purchaser of a salvage motor vehicle sold by the salvage motor vehicle pool, before payment for the salvage motor vehicle is completed;

(5) Operate as a motor vehicle salvage dealer at the same location where any salvage motor vehicle pool is operated.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986

4738.04 License application.

Each person applying for a motor vehicle salvage dealer license or a salvage motor vehicle auction license or a salvage motor vehicle pool license shall make out and deliver to the registrar of motor vehicles, upon a blank to be furnished by the registrar for that purpose, a separate application for license for each county in which the business is to be conducted. The application for each type of license shall be in the form prescribed by the registrar and shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant. The application for a license for a motor vehicle salvage dealer, a salvage motor vehicle auction, or salvage motor vehicle pool, in addition to other information as is required by the registrar, shall include the following:

(A) Name of applicant and location of principal place of business;

(B) Name or style under which business is to be conducted and, if a corporation, the state of incorporation;

(C) Name and address of each owner or partner and, if a corporation, the names of the officers and directors;

(D) The county in which the business is to be conducted and the address of each place of business therein;

(E) A financial statement of the applicant showing the true financial condition as of a date not earlier than six months prior to the date of the application;

(F) A statement of the previous history, record, and association of the applicant and of each owner, partner, officer, and director, which statement shall be sufficient to establish to the satisfaction of the registrar the reputation in business of the applicant;

(G) A statement showing whether the applicant has previously been convicted of a crime of moral turpitude or a disqualifying offense as those terms are defined in section 4776.10 of the Revised Code;

(H) A statement showing whether the applicant has previously applied for a license under this chapter and the result of the application, and whether the applicant has ever been the holder of any such license which was revoked or suspended;

(I) If the applicant is a corporation or partnership, a statement showing whether any of the partners, officers, or directors have been refused a license under this chapter, or have been the holder of any such license which was revoked or suspended.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.131, SB 337, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986

4738.05 Issuing of license.

At the time the registrar of motor vehicles grants the application of any person for a license under this chapter, the registrar shall issue to the person a license that shall have provisional status for a period of one hundred eighty days from the date of issuance. At the end of that period and subject to the results of the inspection described in section 4738.071 of the Revised Code of the place of business of the license holder, the license either shall be revoked or shall remain valid and no longer have provisional status. The registrar shall prescribe forms for licenses, and all licenses shall include the name and post office address of the person licensed. The fee for a motor vehicle salvage dealer's license, a salvage motor vehicle auction license, or a salvage motor vehicle pool license shall be one hundred dollars. In all cases the fee shall accompany the application for license. If a licensee has more than one place of business in the county, the licensee shall make application, in a form as the registrar prescribes, for a certified copy of the license issued to the person for each place of business operated. In the event of the loss, mutilation, or destruction of a license issued under sections 4738.01 to 4738.16 of the Revised Code, any licensee may make application to the registrar, in a form as the registrar prescribes, for a duplicate copy thereof. The fee for a certified or duplicate copy of a license is one dollar. All fees for copies shall accompany the applications. Beginning on the effective date of this amendment, all licenses issued or renewed shall expire biennially on a day within the two-year license cycle that is prescribed by the registrar, unless sooner suspended or revoked. Before the first day after the day prescribed by the registrar in the year that the license expires, each motor vehicle salvage dealer, salvage motor vehicle auction, or salvage motor vehicle pool in the year in which the license will expire, shall file an application, in a form as the registrar prescribes, for the renewal of the license. The fee provided in this section for the original license shall accompany the application.

Effective Date: 10-12-1994; 09-16-2004

4738.06 License fees paid to registrar of motor vehicles.

All license fees required by section 4738.05 of the Revised Code shall be paid to the registrar of motor vehicles, who shall pay the same into the state treasury to the credit of the state bureau of motor vehicles fund established in section 4501.25 of the Revised Code.

Effective Date: 06-30-1995

4738.07 Denial of license.

(A) Except as otherwise provided in division (B) of this section, the registrar of motor vehicles shall deny the application of any person for a license under this chapter and refuse to issue the person a license if the registrar finds that the applicant:

(1) Has made false statement of a material fact in the individual's application;

(2) Has not complied with sections 4738.01 to 4738.15 of the Revised Code:

(3) Is of bad business repute or has habitually defaulted on financial obligations;

(4) Has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to a crime of moral turpitude or a disqualifying offense as defined in section 4776.10 of the Revised Code;

(5) Has been guilty of a fraudulent act in connection with dealing in salvage motor vehicles or when operating as a motor vehicle salvage dealer, salvage motor vehicle auction, or salvage motor vehicle pool;

(6) Is insolvent;

(7) Is of insufficient responsibility to assure the prompt payment of any final judgments which might reasonably be entered against the individual because of the transaction of the individual's business during the period of the license applied for;

(8) Has no established place of business;

(9) Has less than twelve months prior to said application, been denied a license under this chapter.

(B)

(1) Except as otherwise provided in this division, the registrar of motor vehicles may grant, but is not required to grant, the application of any person for a license under this chapter if the registrar finds that the applicant has been convicted of or pleaded guilty to either of the following:

(a) A misdemeanor that is not a crime of moral turpitude or a disqualifying offense less than a year prior to the person's initial application;

(b) A felony that is not a crime of moral turpitude or a disqualifying offense less than three years prior to the person's application.

(2) The provisions in division (B)(1) of this section do not apply with respect to any offense unless the registrar, prior to the effective date of this amendment, was required or authorized to deny the registration based on that offense.

(3) In considering a renewal of an individual's license, the registrar shall not consider any conviction or plea of guilty prior to the initial licensing. However, the registrar may consider a conviction or plea of guilty if it occurred after the individual was initially licensed, or after the most recent license renewal.

(C) The registrar may grant a person a conditional license that lasts for one year. After the one-year period has expired, the license is no longer considered conditional, and the person shall be considered fully licensed.

(D) If the applicant is a corporation or partnership, the registrar may refuse to issue a license if any officer, director, or partner of the applicant has been guilty of any act or omission which would be cause for refusing or revoking a license issued to the officer, director, or partner as an individual. The registrar's finding may be based upon facts contained in the application or upon any other information which he may have. Immediately upon denying an application for any of the reasons in this section, the registrar shall enter a final order together with the registrar's findings and certify the same to the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board.

(E) If the registrar refuses an application for a license, the reasons for such refusal shall be put in writing. An applicant who has been refused a license may appeal from the action of the registrar to the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board in the manner prescribed in section 4738.12 of the Revised Code.

(F) The registrar of motor vehicles shall not adopt, maintain, renew, or enforce any rule, or otherwise preclude in any way, an individual from receiving or renewing a license under this chapter due to any past criminal activity or interpretation of moral character, except as pursuant to division (A)(4), (5), and (B) of this section. If the registrar denies an individual a license or license renewal, the reasons for such denial shall be put in writing.

Amended by 129th General AssemblyFile No.131, SB 337, §1, eff. 9/28/2012.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986

4738.071 Provisional status of license.

When a person is first issued a license under this chapter, the license shall have provisional status for a period of one hundred eighty days from the date of issuance. Not later than one hundred eighty days after the date of issuance of a provisional license, the registrar of motor vehicles shall inspect or cause to be inspected the place of business of any person who is the holder of the license. If the person conducting the inspection determines that the license holder has complied with all the requirements with which holders of licenses issued under this chapter are required to comply, he shall notify the license holder of that fact. The notification initially may be verbal, but shall be followed by a written notice. The person conducting the inspection also shall notify the registrar of that fact, and the registrar shall send the license holder written notice informing him that his license no longer has provisional status and shall remain valid until its expiration date unless it is suspended or revoked in accordance with this chapter. If the person conducting the inspection determines that the license holder has not complied with all the requirements with which holders of licenses issued under this chapter are required to comply, he shall notify the license holder of that fact. The notification initially may be verbal, but shall be followed by a written notice. The person conducting the inspection also shall notify the registrar of that fact, and the registrar shall send the license holder written notice informing him that his license is revoked and that he may appeal the revocation to the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board. Immediately upon revoking the provisional license of the license holder, the registrar shall enter a final order together with his findings and certify the same to the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board.

Effective Date: 10-12-1994

4738.072 Effect of child support default on license.

On receipt of a notice pursuant to section 3123.43 of the Revised Code, the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board shall comply with sections 3123.41 to 3123.50 of the Revised Code and any applicable rules adopted under section 3123.63 of the Revised Code with respect to a license issued pursuant to this chapter.

Effective Date: 03-22-2001

4738.08 Notification of change of status of business.

Any person licensed under this chapter shall notify the registrar of motor vehicles concerning any change in the status of his business during the period for which he is licensed, if the change of status concerns the following:

(A) Personnel of owners, partners, officers, or directors;

(B) Location of office or principal place of business. Notification shall be made by filing with the registrar, within fifteen days after the change of status, a supplemental statement in a form prescribed by the registrar showing in what respects the status has been changed.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986

4738.09 Organiztion of motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board.

The motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board shall consist of five members. The registrar of motor vehicles or his designee shall be a member of the board, and the other four members shall be appointed by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. Two appointed members shall have operated as a motor vehicle salvage dealer, salvage motor vehicle auction, or salvage motor vehicle pool in this state for at least five years and have been engaged in the business within two years previous to the date of their appointment. Two appointed members shall represent the public and shall not have been engaged in any such business or operation. Not more than two members other than the registrar shall be of any one political party. Terms of office of the four members appointed by the governor shall commence on the first day of August and end on the last day of July, and be for three years, except that one initial term shall be for one year, and one initial term shall be for two years. Each member shall hold office from the date of his appointment until the end of the term for which he was appointed. Any member appointed to fill a vacancy occurring prior to the expiration of the term for which his predecessor was appointed shall hold office for the remainder of such term. Any appointed member shall continue in office subsequent to the expiration date of his term until his successor takes office, or until a period of sixty days has elapsed, whichever occurs first. Annually the board shall organize by selecting from its members a president. Each appointed member of the board shall receive an amount fixed in accordance with division (J) of section 124.15 of the Revised Code for each day of actual service during the meetings of the board, and shall be reimbursed for the actual and necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of his official duties.

Effective Date: 10-12-1994

4738.10 Motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board is part of department of public safety for administrative purposes.

The motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board shall be a part of the department of public safety for administrative purposes in the following respects:

(A) The registrar of motor vehicles shall be ex officio secretary and executive officer of said board, but he may designate any employee of the bureau of motor vehicles as acting secretary to perform the duties and exercise the powers of secretary of the board.

(B) All clerical, inspection, and other agencies for the execution of the powers and duties vested in said board shall be in the bureau of motor vehicles, which shall provide the necessary employees as authorized by section 4501.02 of the Revised Code. The motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board may publish each year a directory or list of licensed motor vehicle salvage dealers, salvage motor vehicle auctions, and salvage motor vehicle pools and may publish therewith any matter it considers pertinent. The board shall mail one copy of such directory to each licensee without charge.

Effective Date: 11-12-1992

4738.11 Requirements for fencing or otherwise screening view of facilities.

(A) The motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board shall adopt rules prescribing the physical characteristics of facilities used by motor vehicle salvage dealers, salvage motor vehicle auctions, and salvage motor vehicle pools, which shall include requirements for fencing or otherwise screening the view of the facilities to at least the extent required for junkyards by sections 4737.07 and 4737.09 of the Revised Code. Such rules shall be consistent with the standards adopted by the director of transportation pursuant to the "Highway Beautification Act of 1965," 79 Stat. 1030, 23 U.S.C.A. 361, as amended. Enforcement of the screening regulations of this division shall be subject to approval, supervision, and action of the director of transportation. The director may enforce the screening regulations of this section if he considers that such regulations are not adequately enforced.

(B) The board may make such other reasonable rules as are necessary to carry out and effect sections 4738.01 to 4738.12 of the Revised Code, and further rules as are necessary relating to the time, place, and manner of conducting hearings on the issuance, suspension, or revocation of licenses. The board may hear testimony in matters relating to the duties imposed upon it and the president and the secretary of the board may administer oaths. The board may require any proof it deems advisable and may require the attendance of witnesses and the production of books, records, and papers as it desires at any hearing before it or relating to any matter which it has authority to investigate. The board may, through its secretary, issue a subpoena for any witness, or a subpoena duces tecum for the production of any books, records, and papers, directed to the sheriff of the county where a witness resides or is found, which subpoena shall be served and returned in the same manner as a subpoena in a criminal case. The fees of the sheriff shall be the same as that allowed in the court of common pleas in criminal cases . Witnesses shall be paid the fees and mileage provided for under section 119.094 of the Revised Code. The fees and mileage shall be paid in the same manner as other expenses of the board. Depositions of witnesses residing within or without the state may be taken by the board in the manner prescribed for like depositions in civil actions in the court of common pleas. In any case of disobedience to or neglect of any subpoena served on any person, or the refusal of any witness to testify to any matter regarding which he may lawfully be interrogated, the court of common pleas of any county where disobedience, neglect, or refusal occurs, or any judge thereof on application of the secretary of the board, shall compel obedience by attachment proceedings for contempt as in the case of disobedience of a subpoena issued from the court or a refusal to testify therein.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986; 2008 HB525 07-01-2009

4738.12 Appeals.

The motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board shall hear appeals which may be taken from an order of the registrar of motor vehicles, refusing to issue a license. All appeals from any order of the registrar refusing to issue any license upon proper application made must be taken within thirty days from the date of the order, or the order is final and conclusive. All appeals from orders of the registrar must be by petition in writing and verified under oath by the applicant whose application for license has been denied, and must set forth the reason why, in the petitioner's opinion, the order of the registrar is not correct. In appeals the board may make investigation to determine the correctness and legality of the order of the registrar. The board may make rules governing its actions relative to the suspension and revocation of licenses and may, upon its own motion, and shall, upon the verified complaint in writing of any person, investigate the conduct of any licensee under this chapter. The board shall suspend or revoke or notify the registrar to refuse to renew any license if any ground existed upon which the license would have been refused, or if a ground exists which would be cause for refusal to issue a license. The board may suspend or revoke any license if the licensee has in any manner violated the rules issued pursuant to sections 4738.01 to 4738.16 of the Revised Code, or has been convicted of committing a felony or violating any law which in any way relates to the theft of motor vehicles.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986

4738.13 Enforcement.

(A) The prosecuting attorneys of the several counties shall assist the registrar of motor vehicles upon his request and shall assist the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board upon its request in enforcing sections 4738.01 to 4738.16 of the Revised Code, and in prosecuting and defending proceedings under such sections.

(B) Upon the written request of the registrar of motor vehicles or the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board, or upon the attorney general's becoming aware of, by his own inquiries or as a result of complaints, any criminal or improper activity related to this chapter, the attorney general shall investigate any criminal or civil violation of law related to this chapter.

(C) If the attorney general, by his own inquiries or investigation or as a result of complaints, has reasonable cause to believe that any person has engaged or is engaging in an act or practice that violates section 4738.02 , 4738.03 , or 4738.04 of the Revised Code, he may bring an action, with notice as required by Civil Rule 65, to obtain a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, or permanent injunction to restrain the act or practice. If the attorney general shows by a preponderance of the evidence that the person has violated or is violating section 4738.02 , 4738.03 , or 4738.04 of the Revised Code, the court may issue a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, or permanent injunction to restrain and prevent the act or practice. On motion of the attorney general, or on its own motion, the court may impose a civil penalty of not more than five thousand dollars for each day of violation of a temporary restraining order, preliminary injunction, or permanent injunction issued under this division, if the person received notice of the action. The civil penalties shall be paid as provided in division (D) of this section. Upon the commencement of an action under this division against any person licensed under this chapter, the attorney general shall immediately notify the registrar and the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board that such an action has been commenced against the person.

(D) Civil penalties ordered pursuant to division (B) of this section shall be paid as follows: one-fourth of the amount to the treasurer of state to the credit of the state bureau of motor vehicles fund established in section 4501.25 of the Revised Code and three-fourths of the amount to the treasurer of state to the credit of the general revenue fund.

Effective Date: 06-30-1995

4738.14 Applications are confidential information.

The applications for licenses under this chapter are not part of the public records but are confidential information for the use of the registrar of motor vehicles, the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board, and municipal police officers, county sheriffs, and officers of the state highway patrol. No person shall divulge any information contained in such applications and acquired by him in his official capacity under this section except:

(A) In a report to the registrar or the board;

(B) When called upon to testify in any court, proceeding, or legislative hearing pursuant to Section 6 of Article II of the Ohio Constitution;

(C) Where a municipal police officer, county sheriff, or officer of the highway patrol presents evidence of a crime to a prosecutor.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986

4738.15 Maintaining records of transactions.

(A) The motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board shall make rules requiring motor vehicle salvage dealers, salvage motor vehicle auctions, and salvage motor vehicle pools to keep records of transactions involving purchase or sale of salvage motor vehicles or parts and may require the records to be kept for a reasonable length of time.

(B) No motor vehicle salvage dealer, salvage motor vehicle pool, or salvage motor vehicle auction shall fail to keep or cause to be kept any record required by this chapter or by rule of the motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986

4738.16 Scrap metal processors - exemption - duties.

(A) Chapter 4738. of the Revised Code does not apply to a scrap metal processor engaged primarily in the acquisition, processing, and shipment of ferrous and nonferrous scrap, or who receives dismantled salvage motor vehicles, used motor vehicles, or motor vehicle parts as scrap metal for the purpose of recycling the motor vehicles or parts for their metallic content, the end product of which is the production of material for recycling and remelting purposes for mills, foundries, smelters, and refiners.

(B) A scrap metal processor who receives a motor vehicle from the owner described on the certificate of title shall within ten days mark the certificate "TO BE CANCELED," keep a record of the cancellation, and forward the certificate to the clerk of the court who issued it. The clerk shall notify the registrar of motor vehicles of such cancellation. The scrap metal processor shall keep the record of the cancellation for three years after creating the record. The record shall include a copy of the canceled title, and if the seller of the motor vehicle is not the titled owner, the record also shall include all of the following information about the seller:

(1) The seller's name and address;

(2) An identification number from the seller's driver's license, military identification, or other state issued license;

(3) A physical description of the seller;

(4) The seller's expenditures for the motor vehicle. The scrap metal processor shall make a record of a cancellation available to any requesting law enforcement agency during the scrap metal processor's normal business hours.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986; 10-12-2006

4738.17 Wholesale sales.

No person who is not licensed as a salvage motor vehicle auction or salvage motor vehicle pool shall engage in the business of selling salvage motor vehicle parts or salvage motor vehicles at wholesale. Any person licensed as a salvage motor vehicle dealer under this chapter may sell salvage motor vehicle parts or salvage motor vehicles at wholesale.

Effective Date: 03-17-1987

4738.18 Application for buyer's identification card.

(A) Any person licensed under division (A) of section 4738.03 of the Revised Code who wishes to purchase salvage motor vehicles at salvage motor vehicle auctions or salvage motor vehicle pools shall make application to the registrar of motor vehicles for a buyer's identification card. The application shall be on a form prescribed by the registrar and shall contain the applicant's name, principal business address, the license number under which the applicant will be making purchases, and such other information as the registrar requires. In lieu of directly obtaining a buyer's identification card or in addition thereto, any person licensed under division (A) of section 4738.03 of the Revised Code may designate up to two employees to act as buyers for the licensee. The licensee shall make application for a buyer's identification card for each employee in the same manner as for a card for the licensee.

(B) The fee for each buyer's identification card shall be thirty-five dollars.

(C) Beginning on the effective date of this amendment, each buyer's identification card shall expire biennially on a day within the two-year cycle that is prescribed by the registrar, unless sooner suspended or revoked. Before the first day after the day prescribed by the registrar in the year that the card expires, each cardholder shall file an application for renewal of the card, in a form that the registrar prescribes. A buyer's identification card is nontransferable. If the holder of a card no longer possesses a valid salvage motor vehicle dealer's license, or if an employee of the licensee leaves the employment of the licensee, the buyer's identification card of that person is invalid and the holder shall return the card to the registrar.

(D) Any person who holds a valid salvage motor vehicle dealer's license from another state that imposes qualifications and requirements with respect to the license that are equivalent to those required by Chapter 4738. of the Revised Code may make application and receive a buyer's identification card. The person shall make application to the registrar who shall, based upon the registrar's investigation, issue a buyer's identification card to those applicants who the registrar determines are qualified.

(E) All applicants for a buyer's identification card must be of good financial repute and not have been convicted of a felony as verified by a report from a law enforcement agency and credit report furnished to the registrar by the applicant.

(F) The registrar may revoke or suspend the license of any salvage motor vehicle dealer who allows the dealer's card or the card of any employee to be used by any unauthorized person.

Effective Date: 03-17-1987; 09-16-2004

4738.19 Enforcement powers of registrar.

The state, through the registrar of motor vehicles, in accordance with this chapter, is the sole regulator for the registration, licensing, and regulation of motor vehicle salvage dealers. This section does not preempt the enforcement by local authorities of local zoning, health, or safety codes or laws.

Effective Date: 09-16-2004

4738.20 Compliance with law regarding sanctions for human trafficking.

The motor vehicle salvage dealer's licensing board shall comply with section 4776.20 of the Revised Code.

Added by 129th General AssemblyFile No.169, HB 247, §1, eff. 3/22/2013.

4738.99 Penalty.

(A) Whoever violates section 4738.02 or 4738.03 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree on a first offense; on each subsequent offense, such person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.

(B) Whoever violates section 4738.01 , sections 4738.04 to 4738.13 , or division (B) of section 4738.16 of the Revised Code is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree.

(C) Whoever violates section 4738.14 or 4738.15 of the Revised Code is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.

Effective Date: 09-17-1986