May 18, 2022

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The Car & Automotive Devotees

Have an ‘Ohio Gold’ license plate? The BMV wants to get rid of them

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Some Ohioans in recent weeks received letters from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles stating that their license plates have to hit the curb.

And some of those people, like Columbus resident Samuel Hopkins, are not happy about it.

“There’s nothing wrong with them,” he said of his plates. “It’s just not necessary. They’re trying to run something down people’s throats.”

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According to the BMV’s letters, license plates in the “Ohio Gold” series need to be removed from circulation for public safety. Issued from 1997 through 2001, the plates generally feature a dark blue serial on the background of a white-gold gradient with the word “OHIO” on top.

These plates, per the BMV, have “well exceeded their useful life as the numbers and letters on most plates have degraded to the point that they are difficult to read.” Around 235,741 of them are still in use.