Got an ‘Ohio Gold’ license plate? The BMV says it has to be replaced

This is an example of the "Ohio Gold" license plate.
This is an example of the "Ohio Gold" license plate.(Ohio BMV)
Published: Nov. 10, 2021 at 12:41 PM EST
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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WXIX) - If you have the “Ohio Gold” license plate on your car you’ll soon need to have it replaced, according to the Ohio Department of Public Safety (ODPS).

Since the “Ohio Gold” license plates were first issued in 1996, they have potentially been affected by 25 years of humidity, rain, snow, and corrosive road salt, the ODPS officials said.

“Because license plates commonly lose significant reflectivity within 10 years, a required rolling or full replacement cycle not to exceed 10 years is recommended. Jurisdictions should also have a process to replace damaged license plates as soon as practical,” the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators said.

Though some may say their plate is still clear and readable, Bureau of Motor Vehicles officials said law enforcement agencies have complained the reflective sheeting has become ‘significantly degraded’ making the plates hard to read both during the day and night.

BMV officials said all holders of “Ohio Gold” plates will be required to get a new plate at their next regular renewal date. A customer who has one cannot renew their vehicle registration without doing so.

“Ohio Gold” plate holders whose vehicle registration renewal expires on or after Jan. 1, 2022, must renew and obtain new plates at whatever their regularly scheduled renewal date is, not on Jan. 1.

“The process of recalling the Ohio Gold plates does not require any additional interaction with the BMV for the customer. They simply obtain the new plates when they go to renew their annual registration,” ODPS officials said.

In October, Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Charlie Norman unveiled the new “Sunshine in Ohio” plate. ODPS officials said the “Ohio Gold” plate recall is entirely separate from the new plate design.

For more information, visit the OHIO BMV website.

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