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First look: Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine unveils new license plate design

The last time Ohio updated plates was in 2013.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — For the first time since 2013, the state of Ohio has unveiled a new license plate design. This time, it's known as "Sunshine in Ohio."

"Our goal was to reflect the beauty of Ohio," Gov. Mike DeWine said Thursday morning moments before unveiling the new license plate.

The new design will be available to Ohio drivers starting Dec. 29. Production of the current "Ohio Pride" plate will cease at the close of business on Dec. 28.

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“Our goal was for the plate to reflect the heart and soul of the Buckeye State, to honor our past while also looking to the future," Gov. DeWine added.

Other highlights of the plate include:

  • References to the state seal.
  • Diverse cities and rural areas.
  • Birthplace of aviation.

One important note about the new plate: The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles released a statement on Thursday afternoon explaining that the orientation of the "Wright flyer" plane is facing the wrong way in the image that was unveiled. "We regret this mistake and have fixed the image," the BMV wrote. 

RELATED: Wright idea, wrong way? Ohio's new license plate showed iconic plane backwards

Gov. DeWine was joined by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Charlie Norman for the unveiling ceremony.

We streamed the entire unveiling ceremony, which you can watch in the player below:

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Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a previously published, unrelated story.