Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative

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BEGINNING JANUARY 31, 2019, THRU JULY 31, 2019, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles will implement a six-month driver’s license reinstatement fee debt reduction and waiver program for offenders whose driver’s licenses have been suspended for specific violations. The program only applies to a driver’s license or permit suspension; it does not apply to a commercial driver’s license or permit suspension.

Eligibility

Reduction of Fees

  1. Must have completed all court-ordered sanctions related to the eligible offense other than the payment of reinstatement fees.
  2. At least 18 months have expired since the end of the period of the suspension ordered by the court.

Waiver of Fees (with proof of case screenshot from Job and Family Services)

  1. Must have completed all court-ordered sanctions related to the eligible offense other than the payment of reinstatement fees.
  2. Must provide proof of indigence by providing a screenshot of your case status from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services Benefits Self-Service Portal. The screenshot must include:
    • Current Status – Active
    • Current Month
    • Next Review Date
    • Any authorized representatives

How to Apply

The application period begins January 31, 2019. Applications must be received or postmarked by July 31, 2019, to be eligible for the reinstatement fee amnesty initiative.

Applicants may apply for a reinstatement fee debt reduction or waiver:

  1. Through BMV Online Services (beginning January 31, 2019).
    • Applications for fee reduction only can be completed online. Applications for complete waiver (amnesty) of fees must be processed by mail.
  2. At a deputy registrar license agency. Applications will be mailed to our Columbus office for review and processing.
  3. By mailing a completed Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Application (form BMV 2829 – available January 31, 2019) to:

Ohio BMV
Attn: ALS/Points
P.O. Box 16521
Columbus, OH 43216-6521

Frequently Asked Questions

For questions not addressed below, please call (614) 752-7500 or 844-644-6268, Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

What is the BMV Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative?

Pursuant to House Bill 336, 132nd Ohio General Assembly, Reinstatement Fee Amnesty is a six-month driver’s license reinstatement fee debt reduction and waiver program for offenders whose driver’s licenses have been suspended for specific violations. The program only applies to a driver’s license or permit suspension; it does not apply to a commercial driver’s license or permit suspension.

When will the BMV Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative start?

The Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative is scheduled to begin on January 31, 2019. Applications for Reinstatement Fee Amnesty will not be accepted prior to the January 31, 2019, start date. The program is scheduled to end on July 31, 2019.

What offenses are eligible for the reinstatement fee amnesty?

The BMV will determine an applicant’s eligibility based on the defined permissible qualifying offenses contained in the Ohio Revised Code.

What are the eligibility requirements for the reinstatement fee reduction?

  • Must have completed all court-ordered sanctions related to the eligible offense other than the payment of reinstatement fees.
  • At least 18 months have expired since the end of the period of the suspension ordered by the court.

What are the eligibility requirements for a complete amnesty of reinstatement fees?

  • Must have completed all court-ordered sanctions related to the eligible offense other than the payment of reinstatement fees.
  • Provide proof of indigence.

What can be shown for proof of indigence?

Applicants must provide proof of indigence by providing a screenshot from the Ohio Department of Jobs and Family Services Benefits Self-Service Portal. The screenshot must be unexpired and include:

  • Current status
  • Current month
  • Next review date
  • Authorized representatives in the household

I have some suspensions that qualify for the reinstatement fee amnesty and some that do not. Can I still apply for amnesty on the suspensions that qualify?

Yes, any suspensions that qualify will be reviewed and considered for a reduction in fees or complete amnesty (if eligible). Suspensions that do not qualify would not be reviewed or considered and the reinstatement fees owed for those would remain the same.

Do I need to fulfill my other reinstatement requirements prior to applying for the reinstatement fee amnesty?

You can apply for the reinstatement fee amnesty prior to complying with other reinstatement requirements. Your license status will be a failure to reinstate status until all requirements are met.

Beginning January 31, 2019, where can I submit the application and how long will the application process take?

  • By mail – 7 to 10 business days after received.
  • At any deputy registrar office – 7-10 business days. The deputy will mail the application to the Columbus office for review. There will be no service fee charged to mail the application to Columbus.

How will I be notified if I am approved or denied for the reinstatement fee amnesty?

You will receive a letter by mail within 7-10 business day indicating approval or denial.

  • Approval letter (form BMV 2831) – Will indicate full amnesty or reduction of fees and how much is owed.
  • Denial letter (form BMV 2828) – Will indicate the reason for denial.

If I am no longer a resident of Ohio, will I be eligible to apply for the reinstatement fee amnesty?

If you had an Ohio driver license or permit and owe outstanding reinstatement fees, you may apply for the reinstatement fee amnesty.

I am currently a holder of a commercial driver license (CDL) and owe reinstatement fees. Can I apply for the reinstatement fee amnesty?

No, House Bill 336 specifically excludes CDL drivers from being eligible to apply under this Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Initiative.

Can I downgrade my CDL to an operator license and apply for the reinstatement fee amnesty?

Yes; however, if you downgrade to an operator license, if you want to obtain another CDL, you will be required to start the process over from the beginning and retake all tests.

Can I pay my reduced reinstatement fees through the BMV fee payment plan?

Yes, as long as you meet the eligibility requirements for the BMV fee payment plan:

  • You must owe a minimum of $150.00 in reinstatement fees.
  • You must have met all other reinstatement requirements except for paying reinstatement fees.
  • You must provide proof of current insurance.
  • You cannot be under a current court-ordered fee payment plan.
  • You cannot have a currently pending suspension.

How can I make my BMV fee payments?

Pay online by visiting Ohio OPLATES by credit/debit card only. The transaction processes immediately.

  • Pay in person at a deputy registrar office by cash, check, or money order. A $10.00 service fee will be charged in addition to your $50.00 payment. The application process takes 5-7 days.
  • Pay by mail to: Ohio BMV, Re-Fees, P.O. Box 16520, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6520. Check or money order only. Allow 7 to 10 business for processing.

 

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