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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Smokey Bear License Plates

Special Plates Types

Smokey Bear License Plates


General Information
You may choose to support the Ohio Department of Natural Resources by purchasing the Smokey Bear license plates. $15.00 of the total plate cost is distributed to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to promote forest fire prevention and education efforts together with an increase in public awareness concerning combating wildfires in the state of Ohio.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Smokey Bear information.

Ohio Department of Natural Resources license plate collection.
Registrant Eligibility
Smokey Bear license plates may be issued to any Ohio resident.
Title Requirements Ohio certificate of title.
Vehicle Information
These plates may be issued to passenger vehicles, non-commercial trucks, recreational vehicles, house vehicles and non-commercial trailers.
Type of Plates System assigned plate number, initial reserve and personalized.
Issuance Information

Requests for system assigned, reserved, or personalized license plates may be made at any Deputy Registrar's office, online at OPlates.com,  or by calling 1-800-589-8247.

Renewal of plates can be done at any Deputy Registrar's office, online at OPlates.com, by phone at 1-866-675-2837 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.
These plates cost an additional $25.00 annually plus the normal registration fees. The fee is determined by Ohio Revised Code section 4503.574.





Special Plate Fee: System assigned $25.00 $25.00
Special Plate Fee: Reserved $50.00 $50.00
Special Plate Fee: Personalized $75.00 $75.00
New Plate Charge* $7.50 $0.00
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.