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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Church Bus License Plates

Special Plates Types

Church Bus License Plates


General Information
A church bus is used exclusively to transport members of a church congregation to and from church services or church functions or to transport children and their authorized supervisors to and from camping functions sponsored by a nonprofit, tax-exempt, charitable or philanthropic organization.
Registrant Eligibility
May be issued to any Ohio Church. Must submit application signed by owner or lessor, BMV 5712 (Affidavit for Registration) if vehicle type is not bus, school bus or mini bus, BMV 3135 (Financial Responsibility) for owner or lessee (if application is not submitted) Completion of BMV 4908 - Church Bus Inspection to be completed by Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Title Requirements Ohio Certificate of Title, Memo Title or Current Registration Card.
Vehicle Information
Vehicle must be titled as a bus, school bus or mini bus with a seating capacity of nine (9) or more passengers.
Type of Plates System assigned plates ONLY.
Issuance Information
Plates are issued at Deputy Registrar license agencies and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Columbus.
These plates cost $10.00 annually. The fee is determined by Ohio Revised Code section 4503.07.





Special Plate Fee $10.00 $10.00
New Plate Charge* $7.50 $0.00
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.