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What does Retention of License Plate Number mean?
Effective October 6, 2013, the Ohio Revise Code 4503.192(A)(1) will allow applicants who are replacing their license plates to retain their current standard assigned license plate number for an additional fee (restrictions apply).
If you want to obtain a new plate, you will now be able to retain your old plate number to the new design.
An additional $10.00 fee is due every time you select the option to retain with the purchase of a new license plate.
When will the option to retain my license plate number be available?
This option will be available starting October 6, 2013.
Where will I be able to select the option to retain my license plate number?
At any Deputy Registrar location
www.oplates.com By mail at renewal – submit your renewal application on or after October 6, 2013
If I have a logo plate do I have the option to retain my license plate number when I buy a new plate?
If you have a logo plate you may retain your number only on another logo plate. Due to formatting issues the plate number will only fit on a plate that will use the same format.
If I choose to retain my plate number, will the new plates have raised (embossed) letters and numbers?
No, the new plates will have flat (digitized) letters and numbers.
How much will it cost to replace and retain my current license plate number?
It will cost an additional $8.25 for new metal plus $10.00 retention fee when you renew at any Deputy Registrar office.
It will cost an additional $10.70 plus $10.00 retention fee during a renewal period if you renew by mail, or internet.
It will cost $11.75 plus $10.00 retention fee to exchange during non-renewal period.
Am I required to retain my current license plate number?
No, you are given the
option to retain your license plate number for an additional fee of $10.00.
Can I choose to purchase new metal and not retain my number?
Yes. The option to receive a standard assigned license plate number with the purchase of new metal is still available.
I have a special license plate (Special Interest, Collegiate, or Military). Can I retain my plate number?
Yes, however there are some restrictions on specific special plates which may have a specific format. Please see the current formatting guidelines below:
Standard license plate can only retain to another standard license plate
Special license plate numbers can be retained to most special license plates; disability plate can retain to most special license plates
Standard Bicentennial license plate can retain to an Ohio Pride license plate
Historical license plate can retain another Historical license plate
Collector license plate can retain to another Collector license plate
Motorcycle license plate can retain to another motorcycle license plate
Disabled motorcycle license plate can retain to another Disabled motorcycle license plate
Veteran motorcycle license plate can retain to another Veteran motorcycle license plate
APV license plate can retain to another APV license plate
Which plate is considered Ohio’s standard license plate?
As of April 15, 2013, Ohio Pride is the new standard plate. Other plates currently in use, but no longer available for purchase, are the Gold, Sunburst, Bicentennial, and Beautiful Ohio.
I have a Sunburst plate, would it be possible to retain the number and the design?
No. Effective June 30, 2013, you can only purchase the Ohio Pride license plate. All other designs (Gold, Sunburst, Bicentennial, and Beautiful Ohio) are no longer available for purchase.
My license plates were destroyed in a car accident, am I able to retain the license plate number?
Yes, as long as the license plate number is currently registered in your name, and falls within the formatting guidelines to retain. The cost is $10.00 to retain a number.
I had plate number ABC1234 two years ago. Am I able to retain that number?
No, the license plate number must be valid at the time of the request.
I have been paying $25.00/$50.00 every year for my initial reserve/personalized license plate. Going forward, can I pay the $10.00 retention fee to maintain that plate number?
No, Initial Reserve/Personalized license plates are still assessed the $25.00/$50.00 respectively.
I paid the $10.00 fee to retain my license plate number, but now I changed my mind. Can I get a refund?
No, the retention fee is non-refundable.
I am stationed out of state but my car is registered in Ohio. Is the option to retain my current license plate number available to me?
Yes, you may choose to retain your license plate number online at
www.oplates.com or by completing form BMV 4625.
I have a commercial vehicle and it is time to renew; can I retain my current license plate number?
Yes, you may select the option to retain your current license plate number.