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BMV Closures

COVID-19 Information on Closures of

Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) Locations

Protecting Against COVID-19

  • On Wednesday, March 18, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that 181 deputy registrar agencies and 52 driver examination stations would close at the end of the business day.


  • Five deputy registrar locations will remain open ONLY to provide the issuance and/or renewal of commercial driver licenses (CDL) only. They are:
    • *UPDATED 4/13 Central Ohio: Deputy Registrar – 4740 Cemetery Road, Columbus 43026.
    • *UPDATED 3/24 Northeast Ohio: Deputy Registrar – 7000 Biddulph Road, Brooklyn 44144.
    • Southeast Ohio: Deputy Registrar/Driver Exam Station – 142 Gross Street, Marietta 45750.
    • Northwest Ohio: Deputy Registrar/Driver Exam Station – 1616 E. Wooster Street, Suite 30, Bowling Green 43402.
    • Southwest Ohio: Deputy Registrar – 10938 Hamilton Avenue, Mount Healthy 45231.


  • Five driver examination stations will remain open ONLY to perform commercial knowledge exams. They are:
    • Central Ohio: Driver Exam Station – 4738 Cemetery Road, Columbus 43026.
    • *UPDATED 3/24 Northeast Ohio: Driver Exam Station – 12000 Snow Road, Suite 16, Parma 44130.
    • Southeast Ohio: Deputy Registrar/Driver Exam Station – 142 Gross Street, Marietta 45750.
    • Northwest Ohio: Deputy Registrar/Driver Exam Station – 1616 E. Wooster Street, Suite 30, Bowling Green 43402.
    • Southwest Ohio: Driver Exam Station – 10940 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati 45231.


  • The continuance of CDL testing and issuance is based on the need to keep our supply chain open and moving. Supplies, such as medical, cleaning, or food supplies, are critical to the health and welfare of our residents amid the COVID-19 outbreak.



  • The Ohio State Highway Patrol will not issue tickets to drivers whose licenses recently expired or expire while BMV's services are unavailable. Governor DeWine has recommended that other law enforcement agencies in Ohio do the same.


  • A number of other state registry/licensing agencies also are suspending operations and license issuance. Ohio BMV will be in communication with law enforcement in other states regarding driver license expiration enforcement. Discussions have begun with bordering states.


  • On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, the Ohio Department of Insurance notified all insurers that, effective immediately, they must not cancel, non-renew, or refuse to issue a policy of automobile insurance, or deny a claim solely because the driver license of a named insured or other covered family member has expired since Governor DeWine’s March 9, 2020, declaration of emergency.


  • Additionally, the automobile insurance premium amounts charged for new or renewal automobile insurance policies must not be calculated in a manner that will adversely impact the policyholder due to an insured driver’s inability to renew his or her license. The Ohio Department of Insurance Superintendent does not expect insurers to submit filings in order to provide policyholders with flexibility.  This practice expires 30 days after the expiration of the state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine on March 9, 2020.


  • On March 27, 2020, Governor DeWine signed Sub. H.B. 197, which states that Ohio licenses (including driver licenses, CDLs, identification cards, temporary instruction permits, vehicle registrations, disability placards, and vehicle temporary tags,) expiring during the declared State of Emergency shall remain valid until either 90 days after the declared emergency ends, or December 1, 2020, whichever comes sooner. The state of emergency was declared by Governor DeWine on March 9, 2020.


  • Customers that recently purchased a vehicle at a dealership may obtain a temporary tag at that time, if available. If the dealership does not sell temporary tags or the vehicle was purchased through a casual sale (person to person), customers can purchase a temporary tag through BMV Online Services: www.oplates.com. Customers will need to upload a copy of their driver license or ID, the front and back of the title (notarized to the buyer), or the bill of vehicle registration; the 90-day temporary tag will be mailed to the address registered to the vehicle. 


  • The Ohio Environmental Protection Agency has granted a six-month extension on E-checks for all vehicles that require an E-check from February 1, 2020, through July 31, 2020. Ohio BMV is providing an automatic extension so that motorists can renew their vehicle's registration without a passing E-Check certificate. Customers have the ability to complete an online www.oplates.com, mail-in, or IVR registration renewal without being prompted for an E-Check certification. Go to ohioecheck.org for updates and information.


  • The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has announced that they will accept licenses that have expired since March 1, 2020, as valid for airline travel.


  • On March 26, 2020, the United States Department of Homeland Security extended the REAL ID deadline one year to October 1, 2021.


  • The BMV will pause suspensions for failure to pay or renew a license. Customers are urged to renew vehicle registrations online at www.bmv.ohio.gov or by mail with their vehicle registration renewal notices.


  • Deputy registrar staff will be able to take advantage of the new, relaxed unemployment rules. There will be no one-week waiting period and no requirement to look for work. The closures are expected to be temporary and allow employees to return to their positions. Deputy registrars may look into the Small Business Administration loan opportunity as well.



  • Driver examination station employees will be asked to telework during this closure period.


  • Customers can reach out to the BMV directly by calling 844-644-6268.          


For answers to your COVID-19 questions, call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).

Your mental health is just as important as your physical health. If you or a loved one are experiencing anxiety related to the coronavirus pandemic, help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call the COVID-19 CareLine at 1-800-720-9616.

Prevention Infographic

Protect yourself and others from COVID-19 by taking these precautions.

  • Stay home except for work or other needs
  • Wear a face covering when going out
  • Practice social distancing of at least 6 feet from others
  • Shop at non-peak hours.
  • Wash hands often with water and soap (20 seconds or longer)
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, mouth with unwashed hands or after touching surfaces
  • Cover your mouth with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
  • Clean and disinfect "high-touch" surfaces often
  • Don’t work when sick
  • Call before visiting your doctor

If you have questions regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19 please call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634)


High touch surfaces include counters, tabletops, doorknobs, bathroom fixtures, toilets, phones, keyboards, tablets, and bedside tables. Also, clean any surfaces that may have blood, stool, or body fluids on them. Use a household cleaning spray or wipe according to the label instructions. Labels contain instructions for safe and effective use of the cleaning product including precautions you should take when applying the product, such as wearing gloves and making sure you have good ventilation during use of the product.

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