No rush to get in line at the BMV

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles offices reopened this week, and the cliche about lines at the BMV played out almost immediately as Buckeye State residents crowded in to address issues such as expired licenses or registrations that had been worrying them since mid-March.

There is no need for putting oneself and others at risk that way, and the BMV reminded drivers to continue to adhere to guidance meant to mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19.

“There is no rush to renew! In fact, we encourage you NOT to immediately visit a license agency,” the BMV website said Tuesday.

Further, “If your license or ID card expired on or after March 9, 2020, your expiration date has been automatically extended until 90 days after Ohio’s state of emergency ends or December 1, 2020, whichever comes first.”

BMV officials have developed online options for much of what was traditionally accomplished in person, at bmv.ohio.gov. There is even a means to “Get in Line Online,” if your business requires visiting in person.

Yes, it is important to meet all our responsibilities, including those involving the BMV. But we do not need to do it all at once.

Stay smart about it. Do what you can online and give yourself a little breathing room before heading to the physical location if you must.

It can’t wait forever, but it can wait.


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