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Driver's license reinstatement program temporarily available through local BMVs

Six-month program gives Ohioans low-cost option to get back on the road
February 4, 2019
Emilia Strong Sykes News

House Democratic Leader Emilia Strong Sykes (D-Akron) today announced that Ohioans looking to get driving privileges restored may be able to do so at a reduced cost under the Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative, a six-month program that began Jan 31. Sykes supported the law change in the Ohio House last year.

“For many Ohioans, going without a driver’s license makes it harder to get to work, to buy groceries or to get in to see their doctor,” said Sykes. “By offering a low-cost alternative to get back on the road, we’re making it easier for lower-income Ohioans to access transportation options that make sense for them and their families.”

The Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative is a six-month program that applies to offenders whose non-commercial driver licenses have been suspended for specific violations. To qualify, applicants must complete all court-ordered sanctions related to their eligible offense, and wait at least 18 months after the end of the suspension.

Complete amnesty is available to those who currently participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

For more information on the program, Ohioans can visit the Ohio BMV's suspension and reinstatement page or visit a local BMV branch.