Plate Surrender in Ohio
You can keep your Ohio license plates when you move to another state, but there are times when you might want to―or be required to―surrender them to the state’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
Whether you surrender your old plates is up to your former state. Scroll to the top of this page and choose your old state from the drop down menu.
The OH BMV doesn’t want your old plates when you move to another state.
However, surrendering them to a BMV location or defacing them for trash or recycling, is a good idea. That way, they can’t be lost or stolen, and you can’t be held liable.
Consider surrendering or destroying the plates if you don’t want to transfer them, and always surrender the plates when you cancel your insurance and registration.
The vehicle’s previous owner will remove his plates after you buy his used car. If you have valid license plates, you can transfer them to the vehicle, or you can apply for new ones.