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Old 09-01-2018, 07:33 AM
 
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Well, Iíve been in Lakewood since Monday and have been exploring, settling in, making connections etc. One thing I must do for the car registration process is get a VIN inspection (my old title is already in the North Olmstead Title office and I have a new insurance policy for the state). A guy in the North Olmstead office told me to go to Edgecliff Rd in Cleveland and do that. But when I went there all I saw was a regular BMN office with a snaking line out the door. No chance to ask a quick question. No garage or mechanic. I even asked about this in an auto repair shop in Lakewood and the man there didnít know what I was talking about. Any tips or ideas? Thanks.
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Old 09-01-2018, 01:03 PM
 
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Well, I’ve been in Lakewood since Monday and have been exploring, settling in, making connections etc. One thing I must do for the car registration process is get a VIN inspection (my old title is already in the North Olmstead Title office and I have a new insurance policy for the state). A guy in the North Olmstead office told me to go to Edgecliff Rd in Cleveland and do that. But when I went there all I saw was a regular BMN office with a snaking line out the door. No chance to ask a quick question. No garage or mechanic. I even asked about this in an auto repair shop in Lakewood and the man there didn’t know what I was talking about. Any tips or ideas? Thanks.
Are you talking about E-check?

http://ohioecheck.info/Home/Index

E-Check Locations | Choice Plus - A more convenient Ohio E-Check program

Some inspection stations have 24-hour kiosks, which work well if you know how to connect your car (simple, but likely very difficult for someone who has never done so), but I suggest you go during open hours and ask how to connect the car in order to use a kiosk in the future, if you can remember the procedure.

Whenever you have your car serviced, they likely also can show you the location of and how to connect your vehicle's diagnostic port (usually it's under the dash and sometimes not very convenient), assuming you have a newer model and are allowed to use only diagnostic as opposed to tail-pipe emissions testing.

Enjoy Greater Cleveland!

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Old 09-04-2018, 03:29 PM
 
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This turned out to be a clerk in the BMV merely stepping out to the car and copying down the VIN number from the windshield before I went to the title office. I did everything.... VIN inspection, title, license and new plates in a couple hours. Pleasant people too.
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Old 09-04-2018, 03:56 PM
 
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This turned out to be a clerk in the BMV merely stepping out to the car and copying down the VIN number from the windshield before I went to the title office. I did everything.... VIN inspection, title, license and new plates in a couple hours. Pleasant people too.
Did you not need E-check because it's a sufficiently new car?
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Old 09-05-2018, 08:57 PM
 
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I’m due next year. Cars manufactured in even years get the e-check in even years, likewise odd
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Old 09-06-2018, 10:58 PM
 
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Iím due next year. Cars manufactured in even years get the e-check in even years, likewise odd
Thanks for the explanation. I thought all models beyond a certain age had to be checked before being registered in the state for the first time.
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Old 09-10-2018, 07:38 AM
 
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Thanks for the explanation. I thought all models beyond a certain age had to be checked before being registered in the state for the first time.
That is what happened to me last year, registering one odd year and one even year car from out of state. They made me get the e-check on both.

Ohio's BMV process is crazy, sending you to three different places just to get your cars transferred. The e-check place, the title bureau, and the license bureau.
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