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Police Agencies Criticize Front License Plate Removal

a photo of a front license plate
The new transportation budget removes the requirement for front license plates.

When Governor Mike DeWine signed the new transportation budget into law, he didn’t veto any elements of it, including a controversial part of it that eliminates the requirement to display a license plate on the front of your car. 

The decision to do away with front license plates in Ohio is being criticized by police agencies. DeWine said he expected the controversy over the issue.

“There have been people in this state who have wanted to get rid of the front license plate for as long as I remember. I believe this was an issue when I was in the general assembly back in 1981-1982. Some things never go away.”

But that requirement to display the front plate will go away on July 1st of 2020. In the meantime, DeWine said he’s open to learning about other ways to help law enforcement track vehicles.

Editor's Note:  This story originally incorrectly stated that the front license plate requirment would end July 1st of this year.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.