called "Sunshine in Ohio," features a shining sun rising from a

Ohioans, start your engines. The state is getting a new license plate.

The new plate, called “Sunshine in Ohio,” features a shining sun rising from a wheat field with a city skyline and a girl on a swing next to a dog.

Gov. Mike DeWine and first lady Fran DeWine participated in the design decisions, hoping to reflect the geographic diversity of the state and the state seal.

“We probably drove them crazy,” Mike DeWine said of their involvement in reviewing and rejecting designs. “I drive my team crazy.”

Any resemblance of the dog to the DeWines’ springer spaniel Dolly is coincidental. “The dog has some resemblance to a springer spaniel,” DeWine remarked. The license plates will become the standard starting Dec. 29. Inmates at Lebanon Correctional Center started making the new plate in October and are slowing the production of the current “Ohio Pride” license plate, said Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Registrar Charlie Norman.

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Ohio last updated its license plate in 2013 when then-Gov. John Kasich debuted the Columbus College of Art & Design-crafted “Ohio Pride” plate. The plate features words and phrases that describe Ohio including “mother of modern presidents” and “17th state.”

Before that, Ohio’s license featured a bucolic farm scene next to a cityscape that then-Gov. Ted Strickland’s wife, Frances, helped select. Called “Beautiful Ohio,” the plate diverged from the typical red-and-blue color scheme typically present in the state’s plates. Ohio’s first vehicle registration was issued to Thomas B. Paxton Jr., Cincinnati, for an H.H. Franklin gasoline engine automobile in 1908, according to an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles report. Ohio’s first license plates, made of porcelain and steel, had a blue background and white lettering.

In recent years, each governor has put his stamp on the state’s license plate. There are some requirements in state law: the plate must include the slogan, “birthplace of aviation,” a nod to the Wright brothers and the state’s many notable astronauts like John Glenn and Neil Armstrong.In earlier years, Ohio’s license plates featured the phrase: “Ohio, The Heart of It All,” created in 1984 by the Ohio Division of Travel and Tourism. It was later replaced by “Ohio, So Much to Discover” and “Ohio. Find It Here.”

This story will be updated.

Jessie Balmert is a reporter for the USA TODAY Network Ohio Bureau, which serves the Akron Beacon Journal, Cincinnati Enquirer, Columbus Dispatch and 18 other affiliated news organizations across Ohio.

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