CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The grace period enacted for Ohio drivers with an expired license or outdated registration during the coronavirus pandemic has been extended to July 2021.
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced in the early months of 2020 that 181 locations, with the exception of five, in the state would temporarily close amid the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Mike DeWine then signed House Bill 197 in late March, initially permitting the deadline to renew a driver’s license, identification card, or vehicle registration that expired on or after March 9 to be automatically extended until Dec. 1.
With the pandemic ongoing, the Ohio BMV said Gov. DeWine recently signed House Bill 404 into law, which now extends the deadline for several critical services, including the grace period for renewals.
The purpose of extending the deadline is to limit the length of lines and congregating at BMV locations across Ohio and cut down the chance for customers to be exposed to COVID-19.
Those who need to renew their materials should consider doing so online.