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Some Ohio BMVs Have Long Lines After Pandemic Grace Period Ends

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles License Agency at Alum Creek in Columbus.
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles

There’s been lots of traffic at Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices throughout the state, as Ohioans who hadn’t renewed their driver’s license or registrations came in to beat yesterday’s deadline for the end of the COVID grace period. If you are driving without a license or tags on your car, you can now be cited for it.

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles registrar Charlie Norman said there are still nearly 91,856 Ohioans who haven’t come in to renew their licenses and more than 138,385 haven’t renewed tags for their vehicle as of the close of business yesterday.

“It’s certainly a busy week at the BMV. There are longer than average at many of our offices. It kind of depends on where you are,” Norman said.

Norman said there tend to be longer waits around urban areas. Ohioans can reserve their place in line online at some BMV’s and they can renew their tags online through the BMV’s website.

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.