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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles New Organizational License Plates/Collegiate License Plates

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ORGANIZATIONAL
The process of introducing an organizational license plate for sale in Ohio requires the assistance of an Ohio State Legislator to agree to draft a bill on your organization’s behalf. This will involve communication back and forth between the organizational leaders and the legislator to ensure the bill is all inclusive of the organizations purpose, goals and financial support, if any. Refer to your local legislator website at: http://www.ohiohouse.gov/. To obtain support, many organizations campaign for their plate initiatives by calling representatives or senators at the Ohio Legislative Information Hotline, 1-800-282-0253, Monday Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Once a bill is drafted the legislator(s) will submit the bill to the General Assembly for approval.

In addition, organizations must also obtain 500 signatures from people who intend to purchase a set of these plates, to enter into Ohio’s Special Plate Program. Form BMV 4810 contains the prescribed petition information for establishing organizational license plates. This form may be copied. If you create your own petition, it must contain the required information.

While the bill is going through the legislative process, you MUST submit the following items to our office:

          • A completed application form (form BMV 4810, page 2 of 3).
          • A statement from the authorized agent of the organization granting the BMV permission to print the organization’s logo on Ohio license plates.
          • An electronic file of your organization’s logo and name.
          • If the logo has a trademark or copyright a written statement allowing the BMV to use the logo. (Page 2 of form BMV 4810)
          • File needs to be saved as a Vector Art in any of the following format: .eps, Freehand.doc, InDesign.doc, or Illustrator.doc.
          • Include PMS colors, include Fonts (if it is not paths), include both Text and Logo, and include Color Sample.
          • The Logo size can be no more than 2.5” wide and 3.25” high.
          • The Text size can be no more than 5.5”wide and .75” high.
          • The original petitions with the 500 signature

We can send an electronic file template for the license plate artwork specifications upon request.

Organizations must sell 500 license plates per year. If this minimum is not met by the second year, the organization may be terminated from the Special Plates program. Organizational license plates are approved for display on passenger vehicles, non-commercial trucks, non-commercial trailers, and recreational vehicles.

 

COLLEGE/UNIVERSITY
To enter the Special Plates program, colleges or universities must obtain 150 signatures from Ohio residents who intend to purchase the license plates. Form BMV 4810 contains the approved petition information for establishing collegiate license plates. This form may be copied. If a template for the petition is created, it must contain the required information.  No addtional legislation is required to obtain a collegiate license plate. 

The following items must be submitted to our office:

          • The College/University must be a state university or college or a private university or college located in this state that possesses a certificate of authorization issued by the Ohio board of regents pursuant to Chapter 1713 of the Revised Code.
          • A completed application form (form BMV 4810, page 2 of 3).
          • A statement from the authorized agent of the college/university granting the BMV permission to print the logo on Ohio license plates.
          • An electronic file of your college/university logo and name.
          • If the logo has a trademark or copyright a written statement allowing the BMV to use the logo. (Page 2 of form BMV 4810)
          • File needs to be saved as a Vector Art in any of the following format: .eps, Freehand.doc, InDesign.doc, or Illustrator.doc.
          • Include PMS colors, include Fonts (if it is not paths), include both Text and Logo, and include Color Sample.
          • The Logo size can be no more than 2.5” wide and 3.25” high.
          • The Text size can be no more than 5.5”wide and .75” high.
          • The original petitions with the 150 signatures

We can send an electronic file template for the license plate artwork specifications upon request.

Colleges/University must sell 150 license plates per year. If this minimum is not met by the second year, the College/University may be terminated from the Special Plates program.

The completed documents must be sent to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Special Plates Unit, P.O. Box 16521, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6521, telephone 614-752-4950 or 614-728-5743. Upon receipt of these items and verification of the petition signatures, a sample license plate will be manufactured and sent to you for approval.