Ohio License Plate Information Summary
Registering a new vehicle will get you new Ohio license plates. To renew your Ohio license plates, you can go to oplates.com, or to the BMV in person. You'll also get a sticker that indicates when your plates and registration expire.
Ohio License Plates Offered
Ohio offers standard plates, disability plates, vanity plates, and plates that support various charities and causes. You can call up the BMV or go to oplates.com to see what your options are.
Motorcycles and mopeds only need a rear plate. All other vehicles require plates on the front and back of the vehicle.
You'll get a registration sticker, which you can put anywhere on your rear plate as long as it doesn't obscure the plate numbers.
Your dealership can provide you with temporary Ohio license plates that are good for 45 days. If you buy your vehicle in a private sale, though, you need to get plates for it before you drive it.
Every so often, Ohio changes its standard plates. You will get the new plates for free. If you want to keep your old plate, you'll have to pay a $10 fee.
When You Need To Get Ohio License Plates
You need to get your Ohio license plates as soon as you move to the state. You also need to get them when you purchase a vehicle in a private sale. If you buy from a dealership, you have 45 days to get your Ohio license plates.
Keeping Your License Plates Up To Date
When your registration expires, you can go to oplates.com to renew it and your plates. You can also go in person to a BMV office.
If Your Ohio License Plates Are Stolen
You can replace lost or damaged plates at oplates, a Deputy Registrar's office, or by mail.
Oplates is by far the easiest option. Just fill in the information required.
In person, you'll have to fill out a form and bring any damaged plates with you.
By mail ,you have to fill out a form you need to get from a Deputy Registrar's office and mail it in with payment.
The cost for replacement plates is $10.50 for one plate, $11.75 for two plates, and $4.50 for a sticker.
Transferring Or Surrendering Your License Plates
You need to surrender your plates if you move out of state. But you can always transfer your plates from your old vehicle to a new vehicle you purchase. You will be charged a $4.50 transfer fee.
Ohio License Plate Costs
New Ohio license plates for a passenger vehicle cost $34.50. For a motorcycle it's $28.50, and for a house vehicle it is $24.50.