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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Initial Reserve License Plates

Special Plates Types

Initial Reserve  License Plates


General Information 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)
            • 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)
            • Two Letters and five numbers (1-99999) or five numbers (1-99999) and two letters (AB 12345 or 12345 AB)
            • One letter, one number, one letter
            • One letter, two numbers, one letter
            • One letter, three numbers, one letter
            • One letter, four numbers, one letter
            • One letter, five numbers, one letter
            • Numbers 1-999999 and one letter after number
            • Numbers 28801 through 999999
Registrant Eligibility May be issued to any Ohio motorist.
Title Requirements Ohio Certificate of Title.
Vehicle Information These plates may be issued to passenger vehicles, non-commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, motorcycles, house vehicles and non-commercial trailers.
Type of Plates Reserved.
Issuance Information

Requests for system assigned, reserved, or personalized license plates may be made at any Deputy Registrar's office, by mail or online at OPlates.com. For questions about this plate, please call 1-800-589-8247.

Renewal of plates can be done at any Deputy Registrar's office, online at OPlates.com, or by mail.

All plates will be mailed directly to the address on your registration card unless customer requests otherwise. The deputy will issue your registration card, stickers and provide you with a permit which will allow you to operate your vehicle while your plates are being manufactured.

Special license plate applications are available at all Deputy Registrar license agency locations or can be downloaded by clicking HERE.

Cost These plates cost an additional $25.00 annually plus the normal registration fee. The fee is determined by Ohio Revised Code section 4503.40.





Special Plate Fee $25.00 $25.00
New Plate Charge* $7.50 $0.00
License Tax: Motorcycle $25.00 $25.00
License Tax: Passenger Car $31.00 $31.00
License Tax: Recreational Vehicle Up to $46.00 Up to $46.00
License Tax: Noncom Tk/Mtr Home Up to $81.00 Up to $81.00
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.