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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Collector License Plates

Special Plates Types

Collector License Plates


General Information
In an effort to ensure that all vehicles registered as collector vehicles are truly collectible, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles references the National Automobile Dealers Association and The Complete Book of Collectible Cars 1930-1990 (Consumer Guide) to determine vehicles that are true collector vehicles. Although we recognize that a vehicle may be unique because of time, energy and investment expended by the owner, these publications are used in determining eligibility for collector’s license plates. Due to a administrative ruling, vehicle models not listed in the above publications may be considered collector vehicles if the applicant obtains documentation from the manufacturer that the vehicle was in limited production, is in demand as a collectible vehicle at the time of application or a sizable investment can be proven.
Registrant Eligibility
May be issued to any Ohio resident.
Title Requirements Ohio Certificate of Title issued in individual's name, either singly or jointly, or the name is the same name on the lease agreement.
Vehicle Information
These plates may be issued to the following vehicles: passenger, motor home, house vehicle, non-commercial truck/trailer and motorcycle. Motorcycle plate is a passenger vehicle-size plate.
Type of Plates System assigned plate number, initial reserve and personalized.
Issuance Information
The applicant must complete BMV Form 4803 and BMV Form 5712 (Affidavit For Registration), if applicable. Applicant must have other means of transportation and be able to provide proof.
Collector license plates will only be issued for the first time by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles headquarters in Columbus, Ohio by calling 1-800-589-TAGS (1-800-589-8247). A resident may purchase a system assigned number, reserved or personalized plates with additional applicable fees. Our office is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. We will issue a registration card and validation stickers, along with a permit which will allow the customer to operate their vehicle while their plates are being manufactured.  All plates will be mailed directly to the address on the registration card from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Columbus, Ohio. Collector license plates may be renewed in person with proof of the main means of transportation.
Additional fee of $5.00 plus annual registration fees and taxes. The fee is determined by Ohio Revised Code section 4503.45.





Special Plate Fee: System assigned $5.00 $5.00
Special Plate Fee: Reserved $30.00 $30.00
Special Plate Fee: Personalized $55.00 $55.00
New Plate Charge* $7.50 $0.00
License Tax: Passenger Car $31.00 $31.00
License Tax: Recreational Vehicle Up to $46.00 Up to $46.00
License Tax: Noncom Tk/Mtr Home Up to $81.00 Up to $81.00
Permissive Tax** $0.00 - $20.00 $0.00 - $20.00
Deputy Fee $3.50 $3.50
Plate Reflectorization Fee $0.25 per plate $0.00
County Sticker(s) $0.25 $0.00
Postage*** current rate current rate



The $7.50 fee does not apply if it is the first time the vehicle is registered by the owner or if the vehicle has not been plated in the last 12 months.


Permissive Tax is based upon customer's county of residence. (See county information)


No postage is required if renewed at Deputy Registrar.