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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Non-commercial Trailer License Plate - Frequently Asked Questions


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Why do I now qualify for a noncommercial trailer license plate?

HB 114 increases the maximum allowable weight of noncommercial trailers from 3,000 to 10,000 pounds.

Why are the fees more?

Non-commercial trailer plates are issued based upon the unladen weight of the trailer. The tax rate is $1.40 per one hundred pounds, thereafter $.85 per one hundred pounds up to 2,000 lbs.

What are the new fees?

Click here for fee information.

When does this change take place?

Effective July 1, 2011.

How does this affect multi-year trailer registrations?

If you are within 27 months of your expiration date, you are eligible to purchase a non-commercial trailer plate.

Do I still have to pay late fees?

No. Non-commercial trailers are waived the late fee.

Do I have to purchase new license plates?

No. The BMV will permit owners of heavier non-commercial trailers to continue to register as "commercial" trailers if they choose. However, if you choose to change to non-commercial, new plates must be purchased.

Can I switch plates anytime during the year?

Yes. You are not required to wait until you renew your registration to change your plates.

Will my expiration date change?

Your expiration date will remain the same.

Can I change my expiration date?

You can change your expiration date and pay any additional fees which may be assessed because of the date change.