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Ohio BMV reopens all locations today, but officials say there’s ‘no need to rush in’ Staff




Ohio’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices reopen Tuesday, May 26.

But Lt. Governor Jon Husted said there is no need for Ohioans to rush to their local office.

In fact, the Ohio BMV is encouraging citizens not to immediately visit a license agency.

If your license or ID card expired on or after March 9, 2020, your expiration date has been automatically extended until 90 days after Ohio’s state of emergency ends or December 1, 2020, whichever comes first.

If it is absolutely necessary for you to go to your local BMV (for example, you’ve lost your ID), please know things might look a little different and staff will be enforcing social distancing for everyone’s safety.

You can minimize the time you’ll physically spend at the BMV if you:

“As we safely reopen today, we will only be administering knowledge tests. We will not be administering skill tests. We will resume skills testing when we have a way to safely do so,” the Ohio BMV said in a statement.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles allows you to do the following things online without even stepping foot inside a BMV location:

  • Vehicle registration
  • Check availability of specialty plates
  • Driving records
  • Change of address
  • Register to become an organ donor
  • Reinstatement requirement fees
  • Fleet and power of attorney services
  • Check status of registration
  • Next-of-Kin

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