Ohioans who have the “Ohio Gold” license plate on their vehicle will have to get a new plate.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has been sending letters to Ohio residents explaining that the license plates “have well exceeded their useful life as the numbers and letters on most plates have degraded to the point that they are difficult to read,” a spokesperson for the Ohio BMV states.

Ohio first issued the plates in 1996, and as the years have gone by, the plates have been impacted by the elements, such as humidity, rain, snow and corrosive road salt.

The Ohio BMV stated all holders of the Ohio license plate must get a new plate at their next renewal date.

Residents who have Ohio Gold plates whose vehicle registration renewal expires on or after Jan. 1, 2022, must renew and install new plates at their next regularly scheduled renewal date. The holder will pick up a new plate when they renew their annual registration.