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Suspensions & Reinstatements

Reinstatement Fees

Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative

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.

Eligibility

Reduction of Fees
  1. Must have completed all court-ordered sanctions related to the eligible offense other than the payment of reinstatement fees.
  2. At least 18 months have expired since the end of the period of the suspension ordered by the court.
Waiver of Fees (with proof of case screen shot from Job and Family Services)
  1. Must have completed all court-ordered sanctions related to the eligible offense other than the payment of reinstatement fees.
  2. Must provide proof of indigence by providing a screen shot of your case status from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Benefits Self-Service Portal. The screen shot must include:
    • Current Status – Active
    • Current Month
    • Next Review Date
    • Any authorized representatives

How to Apply

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:

  1. Through BMV Online Services (beginning January 31, 2019).
    • Applications for fee reduction only can be completed online. Applications for complete waiver (amnesty) of fees must be processed by mail.
  2. At a deputy registrar license agency. Applications will be mailed to our Columbus office for review and processing.
  3. By mailing a completed Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Application (form BMV 2829 – available January 31, 2019) to:

Ohio BMV
Attn: ALS/Points
P.O. Box 16521
Columbus, OH 43216-6521

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

  • Must have completed all court-ordered sanctions related to the eligible offense other than the payment of reinstatement fees.
  • At least 18 months have expired since the end of the period of the suspension ordered by the court.
  • Must have completed all court-ordered sanctions related to the eligible offense other than the payment of reinstatement fees.
  • Provide proof of indigence.

Applicants must provide proof of indigence by providing a screen shot from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Benefits Self-Service Portal. The screen shot must be unexpired and include:

  • Current status
  • Current month
  • Next review date
  • Authorized representatives in the household

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.

  • By mail – 7 to 10 business days after received.
  • At any deputy registrar office – 7-10 business days. The deputy will mail the application to the Columbus office for review. There will be no service fee charged to mail the application to Columbus.

You will be receive a letter by mail within 7-10 business day indicating approval or denial.

  • Approval letter (form BMV 2831) – Will indicate full amnesty or reduction of fees and how much is owed.
  • Denial letter (form BMV 2828) – Will indicate reason for 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.

Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for the BMV fee payment plan:
  • You must owe a minimum of $150.00 in reinstatement fees.
  • You must have met all other reinstatement requirements except for paying reinstatement fees.
  • You must provide proof of current insurance.
  • You cannot be under a current court-ordered fee payment plan.
  • You cannot have a currently pending suspension.
  • Pay online by visiting Ohio OPLATES by credit/debit card only. The transaction processes immediately.
  • Pay in person at a deputy registrar office by cash, check, or money order. A $10.00 service fee will be charged in addition to your $50.00 payment. The application process takes 5-7 days.
  • Pay by mail to: Ohio BMV, Re-Fees, P.O. Box 16520, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6520. Check or money order only. Allow 7 to 10 business for processing.
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