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Ohio Reveals New License Plate

The new Ohio license plate will be available on Dec 29, 2021.
Jo Ingles
Ohio Public Radio
The new Ohio license plate will be available on Dec 29, 2021.

Updated October 20, 2021, 5:38 p.m. EST

Ohio will have a new license plate by the end of the year with a design that features numerous aspects of the state and its history. However there was one error the state had to fix hours after the new plate was unveiled.

The new plate features sunshine in the center and is surrounded by a city skyline, a river, hills, a farm field, a tree with a girl and dog playing.

The plate also features the Wright Brother's first airplane the Wright B Flyer pulling a sign that reads "Birthplace of Aviation." Ohio is featured in an outline of the state at the top of the plate between the airplane and the ribbon. However the Wright Brother's airplane was facing the wrong direction in the concept artwork. The Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles released a corrected version hours later.

The state had already printed 35,000 license plates with the airplane facing the wrong direction, Ohio Department of Public Safety spokesperson Lindsey Bohrer said. Those plates will be recycled, however she said it is too early to know if there will be any additional cost.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the new plate honors Ohio’s cities, farms, and the Wright Brothers during the announcement of the new design on Thursday morning. He also said the tree and the little girl with her dog underneath it represent the future.

The plate nicknamed the "sunshine in Ohio" design is the first update to the state's license plate in eight years. It will be available starting December 29.

The new plates will slowly be put into circulation said Ohio Department Public Safety Director Charlie Norman. The state issues 2.1 million new plates every year.

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