COLUMBUS — Gov. Mike DeWine, first lady Fran DeWine and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Charles Norman on Thursday unveiled Ohio's next generation of standard license plates.
The Ohio BMV designed the new "Sunrise in Ohio" license plate with input from the DeWines.
"We wanted Ohio's new license plate to reflect the heart and soul of our state and to encapsulate where we've been, who we are and where we're going," the governor said in a news release. "The imagery on our new license plate symbolizes what makes Ohio beautiful, unique and extraordinary."
The “Sunrise in Ohio” license plate pays tribute to Ohio’s waterways and landscape. A farm field represents Ohio's roots in agriculture, while a skyline represents Ohio's leadership in technology and innovation. The airplane symbolizes Ohio's history as the birthplace of aviation, and a child swinging from a tree with a dog nearby symbolizes Ohio's youths and future generations.
“Growing up and living in Ohio throughout our entire lives, Mike and I love the Ohio story,” Fran DeWine said. “With the new license plate, we wanted to feature Ohio’s beauty, talent and rich history, while emphasizing with each new sunrise in Ohio comes a new day and opportunity forward for an even brighter future.”
The new plate will be available here and at all local deputy registrar locations beginning Dec. 29.