4501:7-1-13 Publication and vehicle marking restrictions.

(A) No licensee may publish or cause to be published in any format, whether print or electronic, any advertisement, letterhead, circular, statement or phrase of any sort which suggests that the licensee is an official law enforcement or investigative agency or any other agency or instrumentality of the state of Ohio or any of its political subdivisions. This paragraph shall not be waived by the department of public safety.

(B) Any vehicle used by a licensee that is marked in any manner by the use of painted signs, decals, or other means shall not be of a design so similar to those of the local or state law enforcement authorities as to create confusion.

(1) No vehicle used by a licensee shall be marked with any words or phrase that can be construed as a law enforcement or governmental agency such as, but not limited to:

(a) Homeland security;

(b) Highway patrol;

(c) Bureau of investigation;

(d) Police;

(e) Private police;

(f) Sheriff;

(g) The word "patrol" used in conjunction with "Ohio"or "State";

(h) SWAT;

(i) Cop;

(j) Public safety;

(k) Peace Officer;

(l) Constable;

(m) Law enforcement;

(n) Trooper;

(o) Deputy; or

(p) Agent.

(2) The provision of paragraph (B)(1) of this rule may be waived in writing by the director of department of public safety.

Replaces: 4501:5-1-16

Cite as Ohio Admin. Code 4501:7-1-13

Effective: 01/01/2015
Five Year Review (FYR) Dates: 07/01/2019
Promulgated Under: 119.03
Statutory Authority: R.C. 4749.02, 4749.08
Rule Amplifies: R.C. 4749.08
Prior Effective Dates: 1/1/70, 8/10/89, 10/7/04