Moving Out of State in Ohio
Notify the State
If you're moving out of the Buckeye State, you should let the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) know. It's easy to do. Just download BMV form 5756- Change of Address, complete it, and send it to:
- Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
- Deputy Registrar Service
- P.O. Box 16520
- Columbus, OH 43216
You should do this even if the move is temporary.
Cancel Your Registration
After you've moved to your new state, be sure to cancel your Ohio vehicle registration. Download and complete Customer Request to Cancel Vehicle Registration, and then send it to the address on the form.
Include a copy of your registration from your new state. Don't waste your time trying to get a refund on unused portions of your Ohio registration, as the state doesn't make such allowances.
Both forms are available at a BMV branch office.
Ohio does not require you to surrender your plates if you move out of state. Recycle them as you see fit.
Prepare for the Move
Ease your transition into your new state by visiting our "New to Your State" section, which gives you an overview on driving-related tasks that should be taken care of shortly after you move to your new home.
The BMV recommends taking a copy of your Ohio driving record and your vehicle registration with you to your new state. This information will come in handy when applying for a new license and registration, or when updating your information with your insurance company. By the way, your new state will confiscate your Ohio license.
If you're in the military and will temporarily be moving outside the state, be sure to visit our Drivers in the Military section for important information regarding registrations and licensing.