Auto title office to close for software upgrade

Wood County Courthouse

(Submitted by Wood County Clerk of Courts)

Cindy A. Hofner, Wood County Clerk of Courts is announcing that the Wood County Clerk of Courts, Auto Title Office will be closed all day on Friday, December 30 th , 2016 and Saturday, December 31 st , 2016 due to the upgrade of the Automated Title Processing System software. All title offices across the state of Ohio will be unable to process any vehicle or watercraft titles during the implementation of the new software. The current software was last updated in year 2000.

This upgrade has been a work in progress since 2013, with the coordination of the State of Ohio, Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the Ohio Clerk of Courts. Several Clerk of Courts’ staff members from across the State of Ohio participated in the development of the software including Wood County resident and staff member, Amy Johnson. The Clerk of Courts staff were considered “Subject Matter Experts“.

This upgrade is providing many new processes which will allow the Clerk’s Offices to generate vehicle titles more efficiently and accurately for the titling community. Two examples are: ability to swipe customers Driver’s License information directly into the Title System instead of staff keying personal information into the system and automatic access to NMVITIS which verifies if a vehicle is a stolen vehicle (especially helpful for customers purchasing vehicles from a non-dealer owner.)

The Auto-Dealer community will now be able to electronically submit a customer’s title application and all supporting evidence from their dealer offices to the appropriate title office for a speedier turn around on the processing of titles. Again, an added efficiency for the titling community.

The holiday schedule and implementation schedule will be as follows: December 24, 2016-Closed; December 26 th , 2016 (Legal Holiday)-Closed; Thursday, December 29 th , 2016—open 8:30 A.M. to 7:00 P.M to allow the titling community an additional opportunity to process titles for end of year 2016; Friday, December 30, 2016-Closed; Saturday, December 31, 2016-Closed; Monday, January 2, 2017 (Legal Holiday)–Closed. The title office expects to be open for business at 8:30 A.M. on Tuesday, January 3, 2017.

The Wood County Clerk of Courts-Auto Title Division is located at 1616 E Wooster Street, Unit 16, Bowling Green.