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Franklin County Municipal Court Judge Jodi Thomas (center) participated in a workshop to help people get their licenses back, along with Anne Roche from Southeastern Ohio Legal Services (left) and Ohio Poverty Law staff attorney Megan ODell.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

A six-month pilot program that sought to help low-income Ohioans get their suspended drivers’ licenses reinstated finished up last month.


A program that has helped more than 6,500 Ohio drivers get their licenses reinstated after suspensions is being extended until the end of the year.


Ohio is among the states asked to provide photos from driver’s licenses so the FBI can use facial recognition software for identification and location purposes. It comes as federal immigration officials ramp up efforts to crack down on people who lack legal residency status.


Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost has ordered a review of state databases that are being accessed by outside law enforcement agencies. He also wants to know how that data is being used.

Program Will Help Suspended Drivers Regain Licenses

Jan 29, 2019
phone in car

Ohioans who had their driver's license suspended for certain violations may be able to have their license reinstatement fee waived or reduced under a new program going into effect this week.

highway in Columbus
Gabe Rosenberg / WOSU

After a rough start to the day, state officials say all BMV computer issues have been fixed and their systems are working as usual.

Ohio Department of Public Safety

Ohioans are now navigating a new process to get their driver’s license, with one major difference from before.

Ohio Department of Public Safety

Starting this summer, Ohio drivers won’t be able to pick up their license at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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Andy Chow / Ohio Public Radio

A new bill in the Statehouse would change the requirements for teenagers to get their drivers' licenses — just as another law takes effect changing drivers' education requirements for adults.

Legislation that would make a driver's license suspension discretionary rather than mandatory for non-driving drug convictions has been introduced in the Ohio Senate.