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Drivers will no longer be required to have a front license plate in Ohio

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Posted at 11:46 AM, Apr 05, 2019
and last updated 2020-06-24 10:10:46-04

COLUMBUS — Ohio is joining other states by doing away with the requirement that vehicles must display license plates on the front bumpers, according to an article from The Associated Press.

Beginning July 1, 2020, vehicles will no longer need to have the front plate. It was part of a compromised deal reached by lawmakers Tuesday in a two-year state transportation budget bill.

The push to eliminate the front license plate has received push back from law enforcement groups who have argued in favor of keeping the front license plate because it allows them to easily identify vehicles and help solve crimes, according to

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According to, DeWine was "not excited" by the measure, but noted the plate dilemma would be studied over the coming year.

As part of the transportation budget, Republican Gov. Mike DeWine also approved a gas tax increase by 10.5 cents a gallon and a tax on diesel fuel by 19 cents to maintain the state's deteriorating roads and bridges. The new tax rates start July 1. The increases mean Ohioans will pay a state tax rate of 38.5 cents per gallon on gas and 47 cents a gallon on diesel fuel.

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