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COVID Grace Period For Ohio Drivers' Licenses And Registrations Ends Soon

People wait in line at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in University Heights, Ohio.
Tony Dejak
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles License Agency at Alum Creek in Columbus.

Ohioans who needed to renew their drivers’ licenses or vehicle registrations during the pandemic have been given a grace period for the past year, but it expires soon. 

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said Ohioans need to renew their drivers’ licenses, state id’s and vehicle registrations by July 1 with no exceptions.

“According to the BMV, there are around 100,000 drivers licenses and 221,000 vehicle registration that expired during the time period and these individuals, as of this date, have yet to renew so we urge them to renew. We also urge them not to wait until July 1 because there will be a big rush," DeWine said.

In many cases, vehicle registrations can be handled online. If you need to renew your license, you might be able to check in at your local BMV online and hold your place so you don’t have to wait in a long line. 

For more information on handling transactions online, go to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehichle's website.

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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.