Driver License/License Plate Expiration During Pandemic


We have received a few questions in regards to driver licenses and license plates that expire during the current pandemic, and wanted to share some information in regards to the Ohio BMV and the current House Bill 197.


As of March 19, 2020, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) closed 181 BMV deputy registrar locations. Five locations remain open to provide the following services ONLY: Issuance of commercial driver licenses, or CDLs, and Renewal of CDLs. All other services will be discontinued. On March 27, 2020, Governor Mike DeWine signed Sub. H.B. 197, which states that Ohio licenses (including driver license, CDLs, and registrations) expiring during the declared State of Emergency shall remain valid until either 90 days after the declared emergency ends, or December 1st, 2020, whichever comes sooner. The State of Emergency was declared on March 9, 2020.


Northwood Police officers will not be citing drivers who have driver licenses or vehicle registration that have expired on or after March 9, 2020. If you would like to keep up with your vehicle registration, you can renew your vehicle registration (license plates) online at http://www.oplates.com/ and they can be mailed to you.

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