335.10  EXPIRED OR UNLAWFUL LICENSE PLATES.
   (a)   No person who is the owner of a motor vehicle which is parked or operated upon the public streets or highways shall fail to annually file the application for registration or to pay the tax therefor, as required by Ohio R.C. Chapter 4503. 
(ORC 4503.11)
   (b)   No person shall operate, drive or park upon the public streets or highways a motor vehicle acquired from a former owner who has registered the motor vehicle, while the motor vehicle displays the distinctive number or identification mark assigned to it upon its original registration.  (ORC 4549.11)
   (c)   No person who is the owner of a motor vehicle and a resident of Ohio shall operate, drive or park the motor vehicle upon the public streets or highways, while it displays a distinctive number or identification mark issued by or under the authority of another state, without complying with the laws of Ohio relating to the registration and identification of motor vehicles. 
(ORC 4549.12)
   (d)   No person shall park or operate any vehicle upon any public street or highway upon which is displayed an expired license plate or an expired validation sticker.
   (e)   No person shall park or operate any vehicle upon any public street or highway upon which are displayed any license plates not legally registered and issued for such vehicle, or upon which are displayed any license plates that were issued on an application for registration that contains any false statement by the applicant.
(ORC 4549.11; 4549.12)
   (f)   (1)   Whoever violates subsection (a) hereof is guilty of a minor misdemeanor.
      (2)   Whoever violates subsection (b) hereof is guilty of a minor misdemeanor on a first offense and a misdemeanor of the fourth degree on each subsequent offense.
      (3)   Whoever violates any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree.