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New Bill Would Allow Ohio Drivers' Licenses To Be Valid For Eight Years

Ohio Driver's License

A new bill in the Ohio Legislature could ensure you spend less time at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Republican Representative Derek Merrin’s (R-Monclova Township) bill would allow you to purchase a driver’s license that is valid for eight years.

“We are trying to save Ohioans time. No one likes to go to the BMV to get their license renewed. Many times, we have long lines. And if you put many people on the eight-year cycle, it would significantly cut down the lines at the BMV," Merrin says.

Merrin says people getting the eight-year license, instead of the current four-year license, would also save $1 in fees. Ohio already allows people to register their vehicles for up to five years.

He says 19 other states already allow drivers to get a license that lasts for eigth years.

The bill has just been introduced and has not yet been assigned to a committee.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.