Expiration date extended for Ohio driver’s licenses, vehicle registrations

Dozens of people wait in line outside the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles in the Southern Village Shopping Center in Springfield earlier this year after locations were reopened across the state. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

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Dozens of people wait in line outside the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles in the Southern Village Shopping Center in Springfield earlier this year after locations were reopened across the state. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Gov. Mike DeWine signed a bill in November extending the expiration date for driver’s licenses, state identification cards and vehicle registrations in Ohio.

Previously, the deadline was Dec. 1. Now, driver’s licenses, state IDs and vehicle registrations with an expiration date between March 9, 2020, and April 1, 2021, will automatically be extended to July 1, 2021, according to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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Ohioans can visit OPlates.com for many BMV services, including purchasing a temporary tag, renewing vehicle registration, ordering a new license plate and more.

Anyone who needs to visit a BMV location can use the department’s “Get in Line Online” virtual queueing system. The service allows Ohioans to get in line virtually before they arrive at the BMV.

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Earlier in 2020, the expiration dates for IDs and registration were extended after DeWine temporarily closed BMV locations due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The BMV reopened in May 2020, but the extension remained in place so that people wouldn’t have to rush to locations.

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