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Ohio License Renewal Dates Extended

4/21/2020

OHIOANS WILL HAVE A GRACE PERIOD TO RENEW THEIR DRIVER’S LICENSES AFTER CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY ENDS

By Andrew J. Tobias, Reprinted from cleveland.com

Wondering about your Ohio’s driver’s license with a soon-to-expire date?

There’s no need to throughout the duration of the coronavirus crisis, according to state officials.

A sweeping coronavirus-response bill signed by Gov. Mike DeWine last month included language that extends all state-issued licenses until either 90 days after the state’s current declaration of emergency ends, or until Dec. 1, whichever comes first.

That includes state driver’s licenses and license plates.

So that should mean whenever the current emergency is eventually lifted, Ohioans will have three months to take care of their expired licenses and plates.

But some food for thought: Lindsey Bohrer, a spokeswoman for the Ohio BMV, said Ohioans should consider renewing their vehicle registrations on their normal schedule. This can be done on the state BMV website, Oplates.com.

“You do not have to wait for the BMV to re-open to renew your Vehicle Registration,” she said. “In fact, we strongly encourage customers do so during their normal renewal period, in order to avoid longer than normal wait times when we re-open.”

State BMV offices were among the extensive closures that have been ordered by Ohio Health Department Director Dr. Amy Acton. DeWine on March 18 announced the closure of all but five locations, which have been kept open to issue commercial driver’s licenses used by truck drivers.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine orders 181 BMV locations closed on Wednesday in response to coronavirus

DeWine said five locations will remain open to issue commercial drivers licenses.

DeWine currently is studying rolling back some of the closures, which he’s said will begin on May 1.

So, will the grace period and the online registration option prevent the BMV offices from being overrun when they reopen?

Bohrer said BMV officials are working on a plan to re-open safely while limiting wait times.

https://www.cleveland.com/…/ohioans-will-have-a-grace-perio…