Is My License Plate Frame Legal in Ohio?

If your license plate frame doesn’t cover up any letters or numbers and maintains complete visibility of the plate, it’s legal in Ohio.
Written by Andrea Barrett
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
Customizing your license plate with a cool frame or cover is legal in
, but make sure that all letters or numbers are visible.
License plates run pretty standard between cars. Why not jazz it up a little with a cool license plate frame or cover? It’s a fun way to customize your car and inject your personality onto the road.
But before you go buying a fancy and expensive frame or cover, be sure to check out the laws in your state. Many states have regulations on what kind of frames you can use. And failure to meet the requirements can end in a hefty and unexpected fine. 
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Yes—in Ohio, it is legal to customize your license plate with a plate frame or cover. However, to avoid any fines, make sure that the entirety of your plate is completely visible and that the frame doesn’t cover any letters or numbers
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What are the rules for license plate frames in Ohio?

Section 4503.21
of the Ohio Revised Code states that “the license plate shall be securely fastened so as not to swing, and shall not be covered by any material that obstructs its visibility.”
Whether your license plate frame reps the Buckeyes or the Bengals, the six-digit license number and registration sticker must be visible with no obstructions. Any license plate frame that allows full visibility of the text is legal in Ohio. 

What about license plate covers?

As with license plate frames, as long as the text remains completely visible on the license plate with no obstructions, a plate cover is legal in Ohio.  

What are the fines for license plate frames in Hawaii?

Visible obstruction to a license plate in Ohio is classified as a minor misdemeanor and can land you a fine of up to $150.
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