How to Do an Ohio License Plate Search

March 18, 2013

It is easy to complete an Ohio license plate search thanks to the tools offered by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You can visit for all of your license plate needs, including checking the availability of personalized plates. You may also contact a local Ohio BMV title bureau office to check availability of specialty plates. This guide highlights some important steps to follow when searching for a personalized Ohio license plate via

Step 1: Choose Your Plate

Ohio allows you to personalize any plate, ranging from the standard-issue Birthplace of Aviation plate to specialty and university plates. The first step is to determine what plate you want to personalize. The website can show you examples of all Ohio license plates that are eligible for personalization.

Step 2: Confirm You Want a Special Plate

You must next confirm that you want a personalized plate. If you have changed your mind and want the state to issue you a random plate, you may also choose this option. Remember that all personalized plates must be approved by a committee before being stamped, issued and mailed. If the BMV Registrar accidentally approves a license plate that should not have been approved, it may be revoked at any time.

Step 3: Check Availability of the Personalized Plate

The most important step is to make sure your plate is available. You can use up to seven characters, and the number zero must be led or followed by another number to distinguish it from the letter O. After you complete your search and verify availability, you must order your plates via a deputy registrar office, traditional mail, email or phone. After plates are manufactured, they will be mailed to the address on your vehicle registration.

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