LOGAN — The Ohio Senate recently passed House Bill 404, which extends the expiration dates for specific documents including Ohio driver’s licenses. Along with the extension, locals can conduct their business online with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
The Hocking County Sheriff’s Office reported on Tuesday that HB 404 has extended the expiration dates for operator’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registrations.
Due to the persisting pandemic, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine recently signed the legislation, which lengthens the expirations dates of the aforementioned documents beyond the date of Dec. 1 of this year.
Now, if an individual’s expiration date on their driver’s license, identification card or vehicle registration is between March 9, 2020 and April 1, 2021, the expiration date has been already been extended and will remain valid until July 1 of next year.
According to the information shared by the local law enforcement agency, many of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle services can be done through its website at oplates.com. If individuals need to purchase a temporary tag for their car, renew vehicle registration, order new license plates, check their driving record or another service, they can do so from the safety and comfort of their home.
If a customer needs to visit a location, they are urged to use the virtual queuing system, Get in Line, Online. The system lets customers get in line virtually prior to arriving at a BMV location. Taking advantage of this procedure allows for the least amount of time spent physically inside an agency office, an attempt to keep customers safe.
According to the Ohio Legislature, Ohio House Bill 404 was initially passed on May 13 by the Ohio House. After being referred to the Government Oversight and Reform Committee, the Ohio Senate passed the piece of legislation on Nov. 18.
The primary sponsors of the bill included Susan Manchester of District 84 and Bride Rose Sweeney of District 14.