[Comment: For dates and availability of material incorporated by reference in this rule, see paragraph (A) in rule 4501:1-7-15 of the Administrative Code.]
(A) "Applicant" means any veteran, service member or reservist, as defined in section 5903.01 of the Revised Code, who applies to the registrar of motor vehicles for the registration of any passenger car, noncommercial motor vehicle, or recreational vehicle, or other motor vehicle eligible under the Revised Code that the person owns or leases, either singly or jointly, for the purpose of obtaining special license plates for a service member, reservist or a veteran renewal thereof.
(B) "Reservist" means any person who at the time of verification is a member of the reserves of the armed forces of the United States or the national guard of any state.
(E) "Wartime military service" means military service in the armed forces of the United States during World War I or during World War II, during the Korean conflict or in Korea during the Korean conflict, during the Vietnam conflict or in Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict, or in Saudi Arabia or Kuwait during the Persian Gulf war, or in Panama during the invasion of 1989, in Grenada during the invasion of 1983, or in Lebanon during the mission of 1982.
(F) World War I includes only the following periods: April 6, 1917, thorough November 11, 1918; for veterans who served in Russia, April 6, 1917, through April 1, 1920, extended through July 1, 1921, for veterans who had one day of service between April 7, 1917, and November 11, 1918.
(G) World War II includes only the period December 7, 1941, through December 31, 1946.
(H) The Korean conflict includes only the period June 27, 1950, through January 31, 1955.
(I) The Vietnam conflict includes only the period August 5, 1964, through May 7, 1975.
(J) The Persian Gulf war includes only the period August 2, 1990, through a date to be set by law or presidential proclamation.
(K) "Invasion of 1989" means the period December 20, 1989, through January 31, 1990.
(L) "Invasion of 1983" means the period October 23, 1983, through November 23, 1983.
(M) "Mission of 1982" means the period August 25, 1982, through August 1, 1984.
(N) Any application for an active duty, national guard, or reserve license plate shall be made via BMV Form 4705 "Request for Special License Plates," and shall be accompanied by a written certification of the applicant's commanding officer that the applicant is on active duty or is a member in good standing of the reserve component of the armed forces or by an equivalent document satisfactory to the registrar. Subsequent verification shall be submitted as directed by the registrar.
(O) Any application for a veteran's license plate shall be made via BMV Form 4705 "Request for Special License Plates," and shall be accompanied by a copy of the applicant's DD-214 form showing eligibility for veteran license plates or other document satisfactory to the registrar. Subsequent verification shall be submitted as directed by the registrar.
(P) Each veteran license plate shall be inscribed with identifying letters or numerals as prescribed by the registrar and the word "veteran"; in addition, each veteran license plate shall be inscribed with a design and words, prescribed by the registrar, indicating service in Lebanon, in Grenada, in Panama, in the Persian Gulf war, during or in the Vietnam conflict, during or in the Korean conflict, during World War II, or during World War I. Each veteran license plate shall carry a county sticker when applicable. Each reservist license plate shall be inscribed with a design and words as prescribed by the registrar. The words prescribed may be used in lieu of the county sticker on a reservist license plate.
(Q) Each service star medal license plate shall be inscribed with identifying words or markings as prescribed by the registrar and approved by the Institute of Heraldry, indicating receipt of the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal (AFEM), Korean Service Medal (KSM), National Defense Service Medal (NDSM), Southwest Asian Service Medal (SWASM), or Vietnam Service Medal (VSM) with the corresponding ribbon and number of service stars as evidenced in the applicant's DD-214.
(1) The ribbon on the service star license plate for the AFEM and NDSM shall represent the first award. Subsequent awards shall be represented with a bronze service star for a single campaign.
(2) The ribbon on the service star license plate for KSM, SWASM, and VSM may be represented by a bronze service star for each campaign the veteran participated in as evidenced in applicant's DD-214.
(3) In lieu of five bronze service stars, one silver service star shall be represented.
(R) Any application for the display of service star medal license plates shall be made via BMV 4508 "Application for Service Star Medal License Plates" and must be accompanied by a copy of the applicant's DD-214 form or an equivalent document satisfactory to the registrar showing eligibility for the specific license plate. Subsequent verification shall be submitted as directed by the registrar.
(S) The specialized license plate shall be the same size and dimensions as a regular license plate. The registrar, with the assistance of the department of veteran services and the institute of heraldry, shall design the license plate.
(T) An applicant shall be entitled to license plates or a validation sticker for any number of vehicles.
(U) A veteran may apply for designation of wartime military service in only one wartime period for each set of license plates.
(V) The registrar may cancel the registration and seize the specialized license plates and sticker of any reservist, veteran or person on active duty who is no longer eligible for such plates at the beginning of the next succeeding registration period, or of any reservist, veteran or person on active duty whose driver's license is suspended for violation of any law or rule.
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 11/30/2016 and 11/01/2021
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: 4501.02, 4503.48, 4503.53, 4503.54
Rule Amplifies: 4503.48, 4503.53, 4503.54
Prior Effective Dates: 12/05/92, 04/20/96, 11/03/03, 08/11/05, 08/24/06, 02/15/09, 04/09/12