COLUMBUS (WCMH) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has unveiled a new state license plate.
DeWine, along with Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Charlie Norman, released Ohio’s new standard license plate during a news conference Thursday.
The last time Ohio updated its standard license plate was in 2013.
The new plate will be available to drivers starting December 29.
The plate was designed with input from DeWine and his wife, Fran, who took inspiration from Ohio’s seal, according to a news release.
“We wanted Ohio’s new license plate to reflect the heart and soul of our state and to encapsulate where we’ve been, who we are, and where we’re going,” Gov. DeWine said. “The imagery on our new license plate symbolizes what makes Ohio beautiful, unique, and extraordinary.”
A news release describes the plate’s inspiration:
The “Sunrise in Ohio” license plate pays tribute to Ohio’s majestic waterways and rolling landscape. A farm field represents Ohio’s strong roots in agriculture, while a skyline represents Ohio’s momentum as a leader in technology and innovation. The airplane symbolizes Ohio’s history as the Birthplace of Aviation, and a child swinging from a tree with a dog nearby symbolizes Ohio’s youth and future generations.
The plate at the unveiling had the Wright Flyer airplane oriented in the wrong direction. Later in the day, the governor’s office released a corrected version.
It was unclear what will happen with plates that had already been produced with the Flyer facing the wrong direction.