How Much Do Custom License Plates Cost in Ohio?

So, you probably already know as an Ohio driver you have to have a back and front license plate on your vehicle. But you don’t have to settle for plain old standard license plates.

You can request custom license plates that have logos and/or special character combinations. But there’s a catch. Going custom with your license plates will cost extra.

The Cost of Custom License Plates

Ohio custom license plate

A standard-issue Ohio license plate costs $34.50. If you want a specialized license plate it will come with additional production and handling fees. The only type of custom plate that doesn’t include these additional fees are military license plates.

Some types of custom license plates can also cost up to $50 extra a year on top of the standard fees and renewal fees . There are also specialized license plates that require a contribution to the related organization.

If you order custom license plates online at or through the mail you’ll also have to cover mailing fees. In total, your custom license plate could cost over $84.50.

Types of Custom License Plates in Ohio

Ohio specialty license plate

Turns out there are a lot of different specialized Ohio license plates to choose from. The selection includes:


Want other drivers to know you’re an Ohio State University alum? Show that school spirit with a specialized license plate. There are over 20 collegiate plates approved by the Ohio BMV.


If your company has 50 or more work vehicles on the road you can apply to have company-specific plates made.


Those who served in our military can get a specialized plate at no extra cost. In addition to the different military branches, there are also custom license plates for medal recipients, ribbons, badges and campaigns.


As long as an organization gets at least 150 original signatures from people who want a specialized plate and bill passage through a state legislator they can be made. Dozens of organizational license plates already exist including plates for the American Red Cross, Ohio 4-H and volunteer firefighters.

Professional Sports

Are you a die-hard Browns, Bengals or Reds fan? There’s an Ohio license plate for you!

Personalized Plates

Have a specific character combination in mind for your license plates? You can select 4-8 characters to create your own personalized plates.

Disability Plates

You have to meet special requirements to receive disability license plates . They are considered specialized, but they don’t cost extra.

They may cost a little extra, but personalizing your license plates is priceless to some drivers.

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Krista Doyle
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