An Ohio Motor Vehicle Power of Attorney (Form BMV 3771) is a document authorizing the appointment of an attorney-in-fact to manage vehicle-related affairs, such as titling, with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles on behalf of the owner. This form is specific to one vehicle and does not confer any additional powers.
It is particularly useful when a new owner is unable to handle these tasks personally. The form requires the principal’s social security number, vehicle details, and signature in the presence of a notary public or authorized officer. The power of attorney becomes ineffective after the attorney-in-fact completes the titling duties.
Statute: Ohio Revised Code Chapter 1337 – Power of Attorney and § 1337.46.
Signing Requirements: Principal or another individual in the Principal’s conscious presence.
Notarization & Witnesses: The signature should be recognized by a notary public (§ 1337.25).