Ordering the plate
Here's how to get your pet license plate!
Ohio Pet Plate—Important Ordering Guidelines

Any registered automobile owner in Ohio is eligible to
purchase an Ohio Pet Specialty License plate.  The easiest
way to order?


You may order the Pet specialty license plates
order now and pay a pro-rated license fee
based on the amount of time left on your
current registration.

You may order the specialty plates in the following ways:

1. Deputy Registrars:
Requests for the Pet Specialty
Plates can be made at any Deputy Registrar's office.
When you pay for your pet plate at a deputy registrar's
office, it will be mailed to you.  If you change your plate
number, the deputy will give you a permit which will allow you
to operate your vehicle while the plates are being

2. By Mail: Request forms are available at any deputy
registrar's office.  If you choose to have a
personalized plate, your choice ( if available ) will be
assigned and an application will be mailed within 5
days. You will need to mail the application, fees and any
required document(s) to the address on the application.

4. By OPlates: You can renew and replace your license plates
at OPlates.com if your vehicle is already registered.  Vehicles
that have never been plated by the new owner, must be  
registered at a local deputy registrar office.  You can also
check the availability of personalized plates at the OPlates

Special Notes on Personalized License
Personalized plates are an extra $50 in Ohio.  The fees for
personalization of all plates, including the animal friendly
plates, are retained by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

A logo personalized plate must contain no less than four and
no more than six letters or a combination of letters and
numbers totaling up to six characters.  You may order your
current personalized plates with the pet logo as long as your
phrase is no more than six characters long.

Special Notes About Initial Reserve Plates
Initial Reserve plates are an extra $25 in Ohio.
Go to http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/ for a link to check if your choice
combination of letters/numbers is available.

An initial reserve plate may contain:
Three letters (ABC).

Three letters and one number (1- 9) or one number (1-
9) and three letters (ABC 1 or 1 ABC).

Two letters (AB).

Two letters and one number (1-9) or one number (1-9)
and two letters (AB 1 or 1 AB).

Two letters and two numbers (1-99) or two numbers
(1-99) and two letters (AB 75 or 75 AB).

Two letters and three numbers (1-999) or three
numbers (1-999) and two letters (AB 234 or 234 AB).

Two letters and four numbers (1-9999) or four
numbers (1-9999) and two letters (AB 2345 or 2345 AB).

One letter and five numbers (1-99999) or five
numbers (1-99999) and one letter (A 12345 or 12345 A).

One letter and six numbers (1-999999) or six numbers
(1-999999) and one letter (A 123456 or 123456 A).

Numbers 28801 through 9999999.

The cost?  Just $25 extra.  
$10 will go to the Bureau of
Motor vehicles and $15 will
go to dogs and cats in
Visit your deputy registrar's
office or call
You may check availability,
renew, upgrade, and
replace some license
plates at OPlates.com.  
This option can only be
if your vehicle is already
registered.  Vehicles that
have never been plated by
the new owners must be
registered at a local
deputy registrar office.  

If you order by mail, the
BMV will bill you; if you
order at the deputy
registrar's office, you’ll pay
in person.  The plates are
mailed directly to the
address you put on the
order form.

For a vehicle that has
never had plates, the BMV
or deputy registrar can
issue a registration card,
validation stickers, and a
permit that allows you to
operate your vehicle while
the plates are being

If you order by mail, after
you receive your billing
notice and submit your
payment, allow 2-3
weeks. If you visit your
local deputy registrar, you
will receive plates in 7 to
10 days.
Like horses?  There
is a license plate to
fund the rescue of
unwanted horses,
too.  Learn more about
it at
The "Dog Friendly" plate
may now be ordered
your Deputy Registrar's
office or at Oplates.com
We have a "Cat Friendly"
plate, too!
Isn't it  the cutest??  
Visit OPlates.com
Proceeds from the
sale of the plate will go
to the Ohio Pet Fund, a
nonprofit corporation.
Money in the fund is
used to support
programs for the
spaying and neutering
of dogs and cats for
adoption from Ohio
shelters and nonprofit
organizations, and for
those pets whose
owners are unable to
afford its cost.
Still available,
the original cartoon plate:
New license plate
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