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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Historical License Plates

Special Plates Types

Historical License Plates


General Information
To qualify, motor vehicles must be at least 25 years old. They are solely collector's items and are used for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades, and similar uses. A historical motor vehicle shall not be used for general transportation, but may be operated on the public roads and highways to and from a location where maintenance is performed on the vehicle. They are NOT for general transportation.
Registrant Eligibility
These plates may be issued to any Ohio motorist. The vehicle must be 25 years of age or older.
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 any vehicle.
Type of Plates Stock, reserved, or personalized plates inscribed with the words Historical Vehicle Ohio (personalized plates may now contain up to six characters).  Model Year Plates are also permitted.
Issuance Information Applicant must complete Form BMV 4806 (affidavit).
There is a one-time fee of $10.00.  The fee is determined by Ohio Revised Code section 4503.181.





License Tax $21.00 $0.00
New Plate Charge* $7.50 $0.00
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.


No postage is required if renewed at Deputy Registrar.