Automotive Service Association (ASA)

Ohio lawmakers propose shop registration program

Ohio state Sens. Edna Brown, D-11, Tom Patton, R-24, and Peggy Lehner, R-6, recently introduced Ohio Senate Bill 232, legislation establishing a mechanical shop registration program in their state. The bill has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor, the Ohio Automotive Service Association (ASA) announced.

Ohio Senate Bill 232 extends the jurisdiction of the Motor Vehicle Repair Board to anyone who performs mechanical repairs on motor vehicles, requires motor vehicle repair facilities to register with the board, creates the Motor Vehicle Repair Operator Vendor’s License Suspension Fund, makes changes to the Motor Vehicle Repair and Window Tint Operator Law, and dissolves the existing Motor Vehicle Repair Board and replaces it with a new board of the same name.

"Mechanical" is defined as “Any original manufacturer equipment or aftermarket systems or parts designed for use in or on a motor vehicle, including the drive- and power-train, engine, transmission, suspension, steering, brakes, illumination system, heating and cooling system, air conditioning, climate controls, exhaust, fuel, ignition, starting and charging, lubrication, tires, driver and passenger restraint systems, vehicle anti-theft and security systems.”

"Mechanical repair" is defined as "Any alteration or maintenance, diagnostic or repair service procedures that are performed on and affect or potentially affect the operation of a motor vehicle."

Joe Sanfillipo, ASA-Ohio past president and current board member, said: “We have been very pleased with our state collision shop registration bill and ASA believes the next step is to put in place a mechanical shop registration law for the state of Ohio. We encourage repairers to contact their state legislators asking that they support this bill.”

To view the text of this bill in its entirety, visit the Automotive Service Association’s legislative website at