Ohio reveals new license plate design

Blown up image of the new Ohio license plate design
The new Ohio license plate will be available on Dec 29, 2021. [Jo Ingles / Ohio Public Radio]

Ohio will have a new license plate by the end of the year with a design that features various aspects of the state and its history. However, there was one error the state had to fix hours after the new plate was unveiled.

The new design features sunshine in the center and is surrounded by a city skyline, a river, hills, a farm field, and a tree with a girl and dog playing.

The plate also features the Wright brothers' first airplane, the Wright B Flyer, pulling a sign that reads "Birthplace of Aviation." Ohio is featured in an outline of the state at the top of the plate between the airplane and the ribbon.

However the Wright brothers' airplane was facing the wrong direction in the concept artwork. Hours later, the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles released a corrected version.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said the new plate honors Ohio’s cities, farms, and the Wright brothers during the announcement of the new design Thursday morning. He also said the tree and the little girl with her dog underneath it represent the future.

The plate, nicknamed the "sunshine in Ohio" design, is the first update to the state's license plate in eight years. It will be available starting Dec. 29.

The new plates will slowly be put into circulation said Ohio Department Public Safety Director Charlie Norman. The state issues 2.1 million new plates every year.

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