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BEGINNING JANUARY 31, 2019, THRU JULY 31, 2019, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will implement a six-month driver’s license reinstatement fee debt reduction and waiver program for offenders whose driver’s licenses have been suspended for specific violations. The program only applies to a driver’s license or permit suspension; it does not apply to a commercial driver’s license or permit suspension.
The application period begins January 31, 2019. Applications must be received or postmarked by July 31, 2019, to be eligible for the reinstatement fee amnesty initiative.
Applicants may apply for a reinstatement fee debt reduction or waiver:
P.O. Box 16521
Columbus, OH 43216-6521
For questions not addressed below, please call (614) 752-7500 or 844-644-6268, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Pursuant to House Bill 336, 132nd Ohio General Assembly, Reinstatement Fee Amnesty is a six-month driver’s license reinstatement fee debt reduction and waiver program for offenders whose driver’s licenses have been suspended for specific violations. The program only applies to a driver's license or permit suspension; it does not apply to a commercial driver's license or permit suspension.
The Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative is scheduled to begin on January 31, 2019. Applications for Reinstatement Fee Amnesty will not be accepted prior to the January 31, 2019, start date. The program is scheduled to end on July 31, 2019.
The BMV will determine an applicant’s eligibility based on the defined permissible qualifying offenses contained in the Ohio Revised Code.
Applicants must provide proof of indigence by providing a screen shot of their SNAP case status from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Benefits Self-Service Portal or a county JFS office. The screen shot must be unexpired and include:
Yes, any suspensions that qualify will be reviewed and considered for a reduction in fees or complete amnesty (if eligible). Suspensions that do not qualify would not be reviewed or considered and the reinstatement fees owed for those would remain the same.
You can apply for the reinstatement fee amnesty prior to complying with other reinstatement requirements. Your license status will be a failure to reinstate status until all requirements are met.
You will be receive a letter by mail within 7-10 business day indicating approval or denial.
If you had an Ohio driver license or permit and owe outstanding reinstatement fees, you may apply for the reinstatement fee amnesty.
No, House Bill 336 specifically excludes CDL drivers from being eligible to apply under this Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative.
Yes; however, if you downgrade to an operator license, if you want to obtain another CDL, you will be required to start the process over from the beginning and retake all tests.
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