BMV announces change in EV/Hybrid vehicle registration costs - Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association

BMV announces change in EV/Hybrid vehicle registration costs

As previously reported in our January 03, 2020 alert, which can be found HERE, the state of Ohio is imposing an increased registration fee for plug-in electric vehicles (“EVs”) and hybrid vehicles.
Owners who register or renew their vehicle registration will be required to pay an additional $200.00 for EVs and an additional $100 for hybrid motor vehicles. The BMV has informed us that those who transfer a plate and registration to a new EV or hybrid vehicle will not have to pay the additional fee until they renew their registration. 
Since our last communication, the BMV has revised their processes and created two separate forms. In the event that the NHTSA VIN decoder database has an unknown fuel type, the Deputy Registrar will ask the dealer or consumer to complete the BMV Form 4740: Unknown Vehicle Fuel Type Affidavit for Registration. That form can be found HERE
The Deputy Registrar will inform you at the time of registration or transfer that the fuel type has come back as unknown and they will ask you to complete the form and submit it to them in order to complete the registration. OADA has been notified by several dealers that the BMV’s system produces “unknown” results for gasoline vehicles that are not subject to these additional registration fees.
After being informed of the situation, the BMV has agreed to review the problem and is working to resolve this issue for dealers and consumers. OADA will provide more information as it becomes available.
If the dealer or consumer wishes to dispute the fuel type that NHTSA has selected, they may do so by completing the BMV 4741: Dispute of Vehicle Fuel Type for Registration. That form can be found HERE
This form must be mailed directly to the BMV in Columbus with supporting documentation. This form cannot be processed by a Deputy Registrar. You will be required to pay the increased registration fee at the time of registration or renewal, but will be issued a refund if the BMV determines that the information provided by NHTSA is incorrect.
OADA will continue to share any relevant information as it becomes available. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please contact your local Deputy Registrar or OADA Legal Counsel, Sara Bruce at (614) 923-2243 or  Matt Chacey can be reached at (614) 923-2232 or