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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.
The following types of transactions are eligible for retention of same plate number:
Special Plate Retention Guidelines
Below are the retention guidelines for all standard license plates valid in Ohio:
May be purchased by any Ohio motorist (some restrictions apply, see above).
License plate numbers may be retained on passenger vehicles, non-commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, house vehicles, non-commercial trailers, motorhomes, church buses, transit buses, commercial trucks, mopeds, all-terrain vehicles, and commercial trailers.
Type of Plates
System assigned license plate number.
Plate retention can be done at any Deputy Registrar's office, online at www.oplates.com, or by mail.
All plates will be mailed directly to the address on your vehicle registration card unless customer requests otherwise. The deputy will issue your registration card, stickers and provide you with a permit, which will allow you to operate your vehicle while your plates are being manufactured.