On Wednesday afternoon, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced a number of additional closures of Ohio businesses including the closure of all but five of the 181 Bureau of Motor Vehicles Deputy Registrars. The locations have been ordered to close by end of business Friday, March 20, 2020. All other services will be handled online, by mail, or will be paused.
DeWine is asking the legislature to pass a grace period for those unable to obtain or renew drivers licenses and vehicle registrations. He is also asking police officers to not issue tickets to people who will now be unable to renew their documents. In addition to the closure of all but five BMV locations, all 52 driver examination stations across Ohio will also be closed.
The remaining five BMV locations will remain open solely to process CDL applications and CDL renewals are as follows:
- Registrar Office—4503 Kenny Road, Columbus 43220
- Exam Station—4738 Cemetery Road, Hilliard 43026
- Registrar Office and Exam Station—22125 Rockside Road, Bedford 44146
- Registrar Office and Exam Station—1616 E. Wooster St., Bowling Green 43042
- Registrar Office—10938 Hamilton Ave., Mt. Healthy 45231
- Exam Station—10940 Hamilton Ave., Mt. Healthy 45231
Registrar Office and Exam Station—142 Gross St., Marietta 45750
While an extension for renewal of driver’s licenses has been requested by Governor DeWine, that same measure has not been offered for CDL drivers. Holders of CDLs should not expect the same leniency from police officers for an expired license. CDL holders are still expected to timely renew their licenses.
If you have any questions about this topic, or how the coronavirus will affect your business, please contact any of the listed Roetzel attorneys.