ONTARIO -- The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has partnered with Mansfield and Ontario’s Municipal Courts to hold a BMV amnesty clinic from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 1 at the Ontario Municipal Building’s community room, 555 Stumbo Road. 

Effective Oct. 17, 2019, the driver’s license reinstatement fee debt reduction and waiver program will resume and applications will be accepted and processed through Dec. 31, 2019. 

The initial program ran through July 31, 2019.  

The program applies to people with a driver’s license or permit suspension for specific violations, but not those with a commercial driver’s license or permit suspension.

Further, applicants should have completed all eligible court-ordered sanctions except the payment of reinstatement fees and have had at least 18 months pass since the end period of the suspension. 

If someone has previously applied for the amnesty program, they are not eligible to apply again. 

Those who can provide proof of indigence by bringing along Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) case status information from Job and Family Services may qualify for 100 percent of their fees to be waived. Others may qualify for a portion of their fees to be dropped. 

To apply, applications should be submitted -- received or postmarked -- between Oct. 17 and Dec. 31, 2019. This can be done in the following ways: 

  • From 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. November 1 at Ontario Municipal Building, 555 Stumbo Road, Ontario 

  • Through BMV Online Services. This option is only available for fee reductions, not fee waivers. 

  • In-person at a deputy registrar license agency. If looking for total waiver of the fees, this option would still require that the application and proof of SNAP be mailed to the Columbus office for review. 

  • By mailing a completed reinstatement fee amnesty application and proof of SNAP (if needed) to: The Ohio BMV, Attn: ALS/Points, P.O. Box 16521, Columbus, Ohio 43216.

The organizations currently committed to the in-person event at the Ontario Municipal Building include the Ohio BMV, Ontario Municipal Clerk of Court’s Office, Mansfield Municipal Court’s Probation Department, Richland County Job and Family Services and Attorney Brown Trainer. 

The event is one of the first few to be held across Ohio. 

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