Beginning next July 1, Ohio drivers will no longer need to display a front license plate. The Buckeye State now joins 19 other states around the United States that don’t require a front license plate, including all five of its neighbors ‒ Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, West Virginia and Pennsylvania.
State lawmakers agreed to remove the requirement in this year’s hotly contested transportation budget, which was recently signed into law by Gov. Mike DeWine. Aside from 1944-1946, when the state wanted to conserve steel during the war effort, Ohio has consistently required drivers to display a front license plate since 1908.