130th Ohio General Assembly
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(122nd General Assembly)
(Amended House Bill Number 538)



AN ACT
To enact section 4503.76 of the Revised Code to authorize the issuance of an Eastern Star license plate.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Ohio:

SECTION 1 .  That section 4503.76 of the Revised Code be enacted to read as follows:

Sec. 4503.76. (A) The owner or lessee of any passenger car, noncommercial motor vehicle, recreational vehicle, or other vehicle of a class approved by the registrar of motor vehicles may apply to the registrar for the registration of the vehicle and issuance of eastern star license plates. The application for eastern star license plates may be combined with a request for a special reserved license plate under section 4503.40 or 4503.42 of the Revised Code. Upon receipt of the completed application and compliance with division (B) of this section, the registrar shall issue to the applicant the appropriate vehicle registration and a set of eastern star license plates with a validation sticker or a validation sticker alone when required by section 4503.191 of the Revised Code.

In addition to the letters and numbers ordinarily inscribed thereon, eastern star license plates shall be inscribed with identifying words or markings representing the order of the eastern star, and approved by the registrar. Eastern star license plates shall bear county identification stickers that identify the county of registration by name or number.

(B) The eastern star license plates and validation sticker shall be issued upon payment of the regular license tax as prescribed under section 4503.04 of the Revised Code, a fee of ten dollars for the purpose of compensating the bureau of motor vehicles for additional services required in the issuing of the eastern star license plates, any applicable motor vehicle tax levied under Chapter 4504. of the Revised Code, and compliance with all other applicable laws relating to the registration of motor vehicles. If the application for eastern star license plates is combined with a request for a special reserved license plate under section 4503.40 or 4503.42 of the Revised Code, the license plate and validation sticker shall be issued upon payment of the fees and taxes referred to or established in this division and the additional fee prescribed under section 4503.40 or 4503.42 of the Revised Code.

(C) The registrar shall deposit the additional fee of ten dollars specified in division (B) of this section that the applicant for registration voluntarily pays for the purpose of compensating the bureau for the additional services required in the issuing of the applicant's eastern star license plates in the state bureau of motor vehicles fund created in section 4501.25 of the Revised Code.

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