A new specialty license plate recognizing Ohio's volunteers is available through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

House Bill 273 gave the BMV the authority to issue the new plate through what is known as the Special Plates program. The plates cost $25 annually, in addition to the usual registration fees.

A portion of the plate fees, $15, will go to benefit Ohio Community Service Council programs that encourage citizens to work together to meet needs throughout Ohio.

Ohio has a rich history of volunteerism. According to a recent study by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than 30 percent of Ohioans volunteer.

Volunteer plates can be ordered online at www.oplates.com, or requests for special plates may be made at any deputy registrar office, or by calling the Bureau of Motor Vehicles at 1-800-589-TAGS (1-800-589-8247).

These plates may also be ordered as reserved or personalized plates with additional applicable fees. They may be issued to passenger vehicles, noncommercial trucks, motor homes, house vehicles and noncommercial trailers.