Broadview Heights, OH asked in Copyright for Ohio

Q: how does it work when a minor has a car in ohio, and turns 18? is the title in his name at first?

I’m a 17 year old minor. I’m buying my 25 year old brother’s car soon. Person to person sale. How does the title work? Would it go in my parent’s name and when I’m 18, I need to change it or it automatically changes. Or is it in my and their name, and it automatically removes when I’m 18?

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Andrew Popp
Andrew Popp
  • Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: You cannot own property as a minor. The car would be in your parent(s) name. When you turn 18 it does not automatically change. They would have to either gift, or sell you the car. You would take that to the BMV for a new title and pay the associated costs.

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