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Ohio Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form BMV 3771)

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Ohio Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form BMV 3771)

Updated June 02, 2022

An Ohio motor vehicle power of attorney (Form BMV 3771) is a standard form a vehicle owner can use to designate someone else to represent them before the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The purpose of such paperwork is to allow someone other than the vehicle owner to apply for and receive a vehicle title on behalf of the owner. While this may seem limited in scope, it can be quite useful in situations where a vehicle is purchased and the new vehicle owner cannot clear his or her schedule to engage in such procedures but must still complete the titling process in a timely fashion.

How to Write

1 – The Ohio Form To Assign Vehicle Authority Is On This Page

The form required for this task is provided on this page. It can be downloaded as any of the file types listed below the image then worked on at your discretion.

2 – Present The Agent Assuming Principal Vehicle Power

The initial task this form presents will be the identification of the Agent or Attorney-in-Fact who will use Principal’s Vehicle Owner Authority (as if he or she were the Principal) to make decisions, take action with, and operate the Vehicle. Use the first row in the table presented below the first statement to document the “Last Name,” “First Name,” and “MI” (Middle Initial)” of the Agent or Attorney-in-Fact. The second row will also supply several labeled boxes, each calling for a component of the Attorney-in-Fact’s Legal Address. Supply the Attorney-in-Fact’s Building Number, Street Name, and Apartment or Unit Number in the box labeled “Street Address.” Then, use the “City,” “State,” and “Zip Code” to report the balance of the Attorney-in-Fact’s Address.

3 – Document The Requested Vehicle Information

The required language has been supplied after naming the Agent, however, a table in the center of the page will call for the Principal’s Vehicle Information. This table should be used to report on the Vehicle’s “Make,” “Year,” and “Serial Number” (i.e. Vehicle Identification Number or Hull Identification Number”

4 – The Principal Vehicle Owner Must Sign This Form Upon Completion And Self-Report

Once it has been determined all the information has been entered correctly and the Principal Vehicle Owner has determined that such Power should be granted, he or she will need to attend to the area beginning with the statement “In Witness Whereof, The Undersigned Has Caused His Name,” where the Principal’s Signature Date should be entered. Three spaces have been supplied in this statement to present the Signature Date as a Calendar Day, Month, and Year. Next, the Principal Vehicle Owner will need to sign his or her Name on the blank line labeled with the words “Signature Of Person Giving Power Of Attorney.”  Once this task is completed, he or she must physically enter his or her Social Security Number on the line bearing the label “Social Security Number Of Buyer/Owner.”The Principal Signing must be notarized. An area at the bottom of this page has been reserved strictly for the use of the Notary Public.