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Vehicle Registration

Specialized Interest Plates

General Information

Specialized interest plates are license plates manufactured upon customer request with specified character combinations, logos supporting a special interest group or both.

  • All specialized interest plates (except military) require an additional fee to cover cost of production and/or special handling.
  • Some specialized interest plates include a fee of up to $50 earmarked for a particular organization.
  • The fees are charged each year, including years when only a validation sticker is needed.

Consent to Contact

When a registrant purchases a specialized interest plate which includes a contribution to an organization, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) must ask them for consent to provide their name and address to the organization.

  • The BMV will provide a report, which includes the name and address and any registrant who provided consent, to the appropriate organization.
  • The information my only be used for fundraising and development purposes.

System Assigned

System assigned plates are pre-manufactured with consecutive numbers only and are never personalized (Example: ABC 1234).

Initial Reserve

An initial reserve plate may contain:

  • Three letters (Example: ABC).
  • Three letters and one number (1- 9) or one number (1-9) and three letters (Examples: ABC 1 or 1 ABC).
  • Two letters (Example: AB).
  • Two letters and one number (1-9) or one number (1-9) and two letters (Examples: AB 1 or 1 AB).
  • Two letters and two numbers (1-99) or two numbers (1-99) and two letters (Examples: AB 75 or 75 AB).
  • Two letters and three numbers (1-999) or three numbers (1-999) and two letters (Examples: AB 234 or 234 AB).
  • Two letters and four numbers (1-9999) or four numbers (1-9999) and two letters (Examples: AB 2345 or 2345 AB).
  • One letter and five numbers (1-99999) or five numbers (1-99999) and one letter (Examples: A 12345 or 12345 A).
  • Numbers 28801 through 999999.

Personalized

A personalized plate must contain at least four and less than eight characters.

No. of Characters

Type of Plate

Spaces Permitted
(Uniform Spacing)

4

Personalized

up to 3

4

Personalized w/logo

up to 3

5

Personalized

up to 3

5

Personalized w/logo

up to 3

6

Personalized

up to 3

6

Personalized w/logo

none

7

Personalized

up to 2

Specialized interest plate categories:

Methods for Registration

Ohio Revised Code: 4503.40, 4503.42, 4501.27

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