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Voters fill out their ballots at the Hamilton County Board of Elections on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, in Cincinnati.
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The coalition pushing constitutional protections for voter rights is pitching their ballot measure as something with widespread appeal.

Ohio I Voted Stickers
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A pair of bills in the Ohio General Assembly would change the way people register to vote, making it an automatic process instead requiring them to fill out forms or go online. In both, people could still opt out of the process, although the two bills approach the problem differently.

Ohioans looking to register their hybrid and electric vehicles will see higher fees at the BMV.

Hybrid owners will now pay $100 and electric vehicle owners will pay $200 to register with the state each year.

Registration for vehicles using only fossil fuels is about $35.

The new fees are part of the state transportation budget signed by Gov. Mike DeWine last April.

highway in Columbus
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Starting in January, annual Ohio vehicle registration notices will include important safety information about safety recalls.

Ohio Driver's License

A new bill in the Ohio Legislature could ensure you spend less time at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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.

BMV Registrar Charles Norman explains how the system works as he stands next to a kiosk that BMV customers use to check in when they arrive.
Karen Kasler / Ohio Public Radio

State officials are testing out a new online checking system in one of the places that tends to get the biggest complaints about long waits – the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Imokhai Okolo (right) is a University of Akron law student and student director of the drivers license amnesty clinic.
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Ohio suspended the driver’s licenses of more than 1 million people, many of whom can’t afford to get those licenses back. But that doesn’t mean they’re not on the road. So until July 31, the state is offering a limited amnesty. 

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The Ohio State University collected the most money last year of any entity in the state for specialty license plates, according to a newspaper's review of state data.

Peter Dutton / Columbus

A lawsuit has been filed against the state for overcharging some Ohioans who have purchased driver’s licenses or state identification cards recently. 

Program Will Help Suspended Drivers Regain Licenses

Jan 29, 2019
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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.

Peter Dutton / Columbus

Attorneys with the Dayton firm Advocates For Basic Legal Equality, or ABLE, are suing the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles for discrimination.

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.

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles License Agency at Alum Creek in Columbus.
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At the end of this week, Ohio is closing the six regional centers where people have gone to have their driver’s licenses reinstated. However, people that look to regain their licenses will have hundreds of other options.