Ohio Board of Motor Vehicle Repair Calls for Tint Shop RegistrationFebruary 27th, 2013 by Editor
The Ohio Board of Motor Vehicle Repair (OBMVR) has made a request of all Ohio-based automotive window tinting shops to register with the board. Resulting from the passage of Senate Bill 114 (SB114) this past December, all shops must register by March 22, 2013, when the new law goes into effect.
SB114, which mandates the OBMVR to register all window tint installation businesses operating in Ohio, states, “The director of public safety, in accordance with chapter 119 of the revised code, shall adopt rules governing the use of tinted glass, and the use of transparent, nontransparent, translucent, and reflectorized materials in or on motor vehicle windshields, side windows, sidewings, and rear windows that prevent a person of normal vision looking into the motor vehicle from seeing or identifying persons or objects inside the motor vehicle.”
The bill also defines registrants by stating “‘Motor vehicle window tint operator’ means any person, sole proprietorship, foreign or domestic partnership, limited liability corporation, or other legal entity that is not an employee or agent of a principal and installs tinted glass, or transparent, nontransparent, translucent, and reflectorized material in or on five or more motor vehicle windshields, side windows, sidewings, and rear windows in a calendar year.”
Additionally, an automotive tint facility is defined in the bill as a “location from which five or more separate motor vehicle window tint installations are performed on motor vehicles in a twelve-month period, commencing with the day of the month in which the first such installation is made.”
Michael R. Greene, executive director for OBMVR, says in a letter to Ohio shops, “Prior to our board, legitimate repair facilities were operating under radical pricing differences as compared to illegitimate, so called backyard shops. The playing field was unequal, and the consumer unprotected. Illegitimate repair operators were uninsured, not paying taxes, workers compensation, unemployment benefits and costs associated with environmental protection compliance. The board protects the consumer while assisting the small business owner to remain competitive. We are the only state regulatory agency charged with overseeing the motor vehicle repair industry in Ohio.”
To begin compliance, window tint installers are encouraged to visit www.collisionboard.ohio.gov and click on the Auto Repairers link then click the Registration Application link. Download and print the application instructions as well as an application for a new registration. Registration fees are $225 per year. Applicants are required to submit a certificate of liability insurance and two photographs with the notarized first-time application. A certificate of registration will then be mailed to applicants within 10 days. This certificate must then be displayed in public view; mobile units must carry a copy of the certificate in the vehicle.
In his letter, Greene urges anyone with questions or concerns to contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.