New driver license reinstatement law effective Jan. 31

SIDNEY — Sidney Municipal Court Judge Duane A. Goettemoeller has announced effective Jan. 31, 2019, a new law has created a six-month program for driver license reinstatement fee reduction and waiver for certain persons whose driver’s license have been suspended.

House Bill 336, also known as the Reinstatement fee Amnesty Initiative, applies only to a driver license or permit suspension and is only for specific violations. Those with commercial driver license (CDL) suspensions do not qualify for the program.

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) will determine an applicant’s eligibility based on the defined permissible qualifying offenses contained in Ohio Revised Code.

In order to be eligible for reinstatement fee reduction:

• Applicants must have completed all court-ordered sanctions related to the eligible offense other than the payment of reinstatement fees.

• At least 18 months must have passed since the end of the period of the suspension ordered by the court.

Those able to provide proof of indigence will qualify for a complete amnesty of reinstatement fees. As stated in HB336, “indigent” means a person who is a participant in the supplemental nutrition assistance program administered by the department of job and family services pursuant to section 5101.54 of the Revised Code.

Effective Jan. 31, 2019, to apply, complete BMV form 2829, a BMV Reinstatement Fee Amnesty Application. The form may be obtained at the local deputy registrar office, online at or by mail by calling 614-752-7500.