4501-27-10 Specifications for county stickers.

(A) This rule presents the specifications for the manufacture of county identification stickers. The director of public safety shall designate the use of a county name identification sticker or a county number identification sticker for each class of license plates as appropriate.

(B) The county stickers shall be made of reflective materials having a smooth flat outer surface as exposed in use and pressure-sensitive adhesive backing, protected by a removable liner, for convenient and durable attachment to the flat, smooth background surfaces of license plates or upon a previously applied sticker.

(C) The dimensions of the county name identification sticker shall be five inches in width and seven-eighths inch in height with letter sizes approximately eleven-sixteenths inch in height and each stroke not less than one-eighth inch in width. The county name identification sticker shall be affixed to a clean, dry surface at the bottom center of each license plate unless the director designates a different location for any particular class of plates.

(D) The dimensions of the county number identification sticker shall be one and one-half inches in width and one inch in height with number sizes approximately seven-eighths inch in height and each stroke approximately one-eighth inch in width. The county number identification sticker shall be affixed to a clean, dry surface at the bottom left corner of the license plate unless the director designates a different location for any particular class of plates.

(E) The sticker material shall consist of sheeting, with the same adhesive and reflective performance values as that used for the validation stickers. The color of the letters for the county name or for the county number may match the color of the plate characters or may be of a different color. Any inventories remaining of the current issue of the county identification stickers may be exhausted prior to the issuance of new stickers as determined by the registrar of motor vehicles.

(F) The reflective sheeting shall be free from ragged edges, cracks, and blisters, and shall be readily cut without cracking or flaking. All sheets shall be free of foreign matter.

(G) The adhesive protective liner may have a scalloped scoreline or a straight scoreline at or near the center of each sticker for easy removal.

(H) The sticker shall be manufactured in a manner to insure that it shall not become brittle, flaky, discolored, or acquire a powdery surface within a period of five years or more. The protective finishing shall be of such quality to permit the stacking of at least four stickers.

(I) The adhesive on all stickers shall be of a pressure-sensitive type so that the stickers can be applied while the license plates are attached to the vehicles, without the necessity of additional adhesive coats, water, solvents, or heat techniques.

(J) Stickers applied in accordance with instructions shall not blister, lift, or delaminate when subjected to gasoline, kerosene, diesel oils, water, steam, and cleaning detergents normally encountered in cleaning and washing service, nor shall stickers fade, disintegrate, or come off from extended exposure within a period of five years.

R.C. 119.032 review dates: 06/14/2011 and 03/10/2016
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: R.C. 4503.22
Rule Amplifies: R.C. 4503.22
Prior Effective Dates: 2/13/81, 10/16/82, 2/9/87, 6/13/96, 7/16/01