LIMA — A new license plate featuring the northern cardinal is now available for purchase from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The new image was created in celebration of the original cardinal license plate’s 20th anniversary.
The original northern cardinal wildlife license plate was released in 1997 and featured artwork by famed Ohio wildlife artist John A. Ruthven. He created new artwork for the redesigned license plate.
The cardinal license plate costs $25, in addition to the yearly vehicle registration fee. Of that, $15 from the sale of each license plate will be used to support conservation and education efforts throughout the state. Wildlife conservation plates may be only registered to passenger vehicles, noncommercial trucks, motor homes and trailers.
Other Division of Wildlife plates offered for sale include a bald eagle, smallmouth bass, wild-turkey and white-tailed deer.
For more information about the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Wildlife’s specialty license plates, visit bmv.ohio.gov or call 888-PLATES3.