Ohio starts driver reinstatement fee payment plan

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio officials hope to get hundreds of thousands of suspended drivers back on the road — and in some cases back to work — more quickly by allowing them to pay license reinstatement fees in monthly installments and legally resume driving in the meantime.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles says nearly half of Ohio’s roughly 1 million suspended drivers will be eligible for the payment plan that starts Monday. The option will apply to drivers whose only remaining license reinstatement requirement is $150 or more in outstanding fees. It excludes those who have court-ordered pending suspensions or payment plans.

Applicants must prove they have insurance and make a $50 payment toward their fees. Approved participants must then make $50 monthly payments to avoid being suspended again.

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