As of January 31, 2019 Ohio will start a 6 month (ending July 31, 2019) amnesty program for many Ohioans whose licenses are under suspension. It does not cover all license suspensions but it will affect many of them. There are 25 specific suspension listed in the program. The most common ones are;
- Operating without proof of insurance
- Nonpayment of a judgment
- Repeat traffic offender (12 point suspensions)
- Failure to appear
- Failure to stop after an accident
- Reckless operation
The applicants must have completed all court-ordered sanctions (payment of fines, court costs, etc.), and the suspension must have been in place for at least 18 months. There is not yet any guidance as to who will qualify for a total waiver of fees or simply a reduction.
The BMV currently has a program available where reinstatement fees can be paid off on a monthly basis. You license would be reinstate as long as you continue making the required monthly payments. This program does not include court fines or costs, just the reinstatement fee itself. This program is already in effect and will not be affected by the new amnesty program termination date of July 31, 2019.
The BMV has the process for making the application posted on their website which is https://www.bmv.ohio.gov/susp-fees-amnesty.aspx