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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Transit Bus License Plates

Special Plates Types

Transit Bus License Plates


General Information
The vehicle must be used in rendition of public mass transportation and at least 75% of the annual mileage must be within the municipal corporation(s); or the vehicle is operated solely for the purpose of transporting persons associated with a nonprofit or charitable organization.
Registrant Eligibility
May be issued to any nonprofit organization that provides public mass transportation. Nonprofit organizations must submit Articles of incorporation or a Statement of Good Standing, not over five years old and obtained from the Ohio Secretary of State.  Public Mass Transportation must submit P.U.C.O. certificate and route schedule.
Title Requirements
Ohio Certificate of Title issued in the name of the charity or nonprofit, either singly, jointly or the name is the same name on the lease agreement.
Vehicle Information
Vehicle must have a seating capacity of more than seven persons and body type must describe the vehicle as a bus, minibus or station wagon.
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
There are no additional fees. The fee is determined by Ohio Revised Code section 4503.04.





Special Plate Fee $12.00 $12.00
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.