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Vehicle Registration

Specialized Interest Plates

Historical Plates

A person who owns a motor vehicle that is more than twenty-five years old and that is owned solely as a collector’s item used for participation in club activities, exhibitions, tours, parades, and similar uses may apply to the Registrar of motor vehicles for registration of the vehicle and issuance of a Historical license plate.

Historical license plates are valid (without renewal) for the life of the vehicle, unless they are Initial Reserve, Personalized, or if there is a change in the vehicle’s ownership.

OPERATIONAL RESTRICTIONS: 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.

Historical Model Year Plates

Customers with a valid Historical license plate registration may display a Model Year license plate by completing a Historical Model Year License Plate Affidavit (form BMV 4853). The Model Year license plate is displayed on the vehicle instead of the Historical license plate. The customer must provide his/her own plate(s) which must be serviceable, legible, issued by Ohio, and inscribed with the same year when the vehicle was manufactured. The valid Historical license plate and registration shall be stored in the vehicle so that they are readily available upon request by a law enforcement officer.

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Ohio Revised Code: 4501.01, 4503.181

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