CLEVELAND — The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has started a new print-on-demand temporary tag for cars through OPLATES.com, allowing drivers to print their temporary tags at home without going into a deputy registrar.
Anyone who buys a vehicle privately, new residents in the process of obtaining an Ohio license or customers who purchase a car from a dealership that doesn't sell temporary tags can use this.
“This is another example of how our administration is changing the culture of state government to be more customer-service friendly,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “You can run government more like a business and deliver convenience to your customers.”
Customers can place their order for the temporary tag and complete the payment through the link above.
A temporary tag number can then be immediately printed.
Drivers will be able to utilize all 45 days of the temporary tag and will not lose time through the mailing process. They are encouraged to either put the temporary tag in their back window or to place it in a plastic sleeve in the license plate bracket to protect it from the elements.
During the pandemic, the state decided if your license, ID card, or vehicle registration (including your plates and stickers) expired on or after March 9, 2020, your expiration date has been extended until 90 days after the state of emergency ends or Dec. 1, 2020, whichever comes first.
“The BMV has strived to use innovation to make our services more convenient,” said Ohio BMV Registrar Charles Norman. “Initiatives such as the “Get In Line, Online” virtual queuing system, expanded online services, and now print-on-demand temporary tags are all part of a continuous effort to enhance and improve our customers’ experience.”
Deputy registrar locations will continue to issue cardboard temporary tags until January 2021.