Gov. DeWine Unveils Ohio's New License Plate 'Sunshine in Ohio' — And It's Kinda Cute?

Production began at the Lebanon Correctional facility in mid-October and the plates — which for some reason include a kid on a swing — will be available starting Dec. 29.

click to enlarge Gov. DeWine reveals Ohio's new license plate. - Screen Grab: Gov. DeWine Livestream
Screen Grab: Gov. DeWine Livestream
Gov. DeWine reveals Ohio's new license plate.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Charlie Norman unveiled the new Ohio license plate at a press conference Thursday morning. 

This 'Sunshine in Ohio' design is the first new plate since 2013 and the 76th standard plate in the state, according to Norman. The art depicts a sunset over an amalgamation of Ohio skylines in shadow on the left, a child swinging in a tree to the right and, of course, cornfields. The Ohio seal sits on top with a 'Birthplace of Aviation' banner crossing it. 

DeWine and First Lady Fran DeWine say they helped design the plate and they wanted to focus on innovators like the Wright Brothers, Ohio's industry and the future — as represented by the child on the swing.

Norman says they were able to speed up the process and got these plates to production after the final design was approved in April. He says this is half the time it normally takes. 

Production began at the Lebanon Correctional facility in mid-October, according to Norman. The plates will be available starting Dec. 29. 

See what CityBeat thought about 2013's license plate reveal (hint it's not positive). 


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