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The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles implemented a 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 initial program ended on July 31, 2019. Effective October 17, 2019, the program will resume and applications will be accepted and processed through December 31, 2019.
The application period will resume on October 17, 2019. Applications must be received or postmarked by December 31, 2019, to be eligible for the reinstatement fee amnesty initiative.
Starting October 17, 2019, 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 844-644-6268, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative is a 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 will resume on October 17, 2019, and the program is scheduled to end on December 31, 2019.
The BMV will determine an applicant’s eligibility for the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative based on the defined permissible qualifying offenses contained in the Ohio Revised Codes. Any offenses involving alcohol, drugs, or deadly weapons or associated with an offense of this nature do not qualify for the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative. In addition, Commercial Driver’s License and Commercial Temporary Permit suspensions do not qualify for the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative.
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, the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative excludes CDL drivers from eligibility.
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.
Please contact us
by Live Chat Monday - Friday 8:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.
Or call 844-644-6268 (OHIOBMV)
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