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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Driver Reinstatement Fee Installment Plan - Frequently Asked Questions


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When will the BMV start the BMV Fee Installment Plan?

The BMV Fee Installment Plan is scheduled to take effect on 07/15/2013.

How Do I apply for a BMV Fee Installment Plan?

To apply, fill out the BMV 1152, Fee Installment Plan Application. You may obtain the form at any of the seven Regional Reinstatement Offices, any Deputy Registrar, or it can be mailed to you by calling 614 752-7500.

What are the eligibility requirements for the BMV Fee Installment Plan?

  • You must owe a minimum of $150.00 in reinstatement fees.
  • Have met all other reinstatement requirements such as, completion of a remedial class etc., except for paying reinstatement fees.
  • You must show current proof of insurancee.
  • Are not currently under a court ordered fee payment plan.
  • You do not have a pending suspension that will take effect in the near future.

What is a court ordered payment plan?

The court may grant a fee payment plan with limited driving privileges while making payments to the BMV on your reinstatement fees.

What is a court ordered suspension?

The court has ordered the suspension of your driver license.

What do I do if I still have a mandatory suspension?

If you are under a mandatory suspension you do not qualify for the BMV fee installment plan. You would need to petition your local municipal court for a court ordered payment plan and limited driving privileges.

How long will the application process take?

  • By mail - 7 to 10 business days after received.
  • Regional Reinstatement Office - immediately.
  • Deputy Registrar office - 5 to 7 business days and a $10.00 service fee will be charged in addition to your $50.00 payment.
  • Visit our website for locations: www.ohiobmv.gov

If I am no longer a resident of Ohio, will I be eligible to apply for payment plan?

Yes, any person owing reinstatement fees in Ohio and meeting the requirements are eligible. A clearance letter will be mailed to you and your status will show valid in the National Driver Registry.

What is the monthly payment amount?

A minimum payment of at least $50 is due every 30 days.

How can I make my payments?

  • Pay online by visiting www.oplates.com by electronic check only. Allow 5 to 7 days for BMV processing.
  • Pay by phone at 1-866-OPLATES (675 2837) by electronic check only. Allow 5 to 7 days for BMV processing.
  • Pay in person at any Regional Reinstatement Center. Cash, check, or money order. Processed immediately.
  • Pay in person at a Deputy Registrar by cash, check, or money order. A $10.00 service fee will be charged in addition to your $50.00 payment.
  • Pay by mail to: Ohio BMV, Rev. Mgmt. / Points, P.O. Box 16521, Columbus, OH 43216-6521. Check or money order only. Allow 7 to 10 business for processing.

What will my license status be while on the BMV fee Installment Plan?

Your status will be valid, expired, or eligible to test as long as you continue to make your payments.

Will holders of a commercial driver license be eligible for the BMV Fee Installment Plan?

CDL drivers will be eligible for the fee installment plan and maintain their CDL license.

What if I am not eligible for the Fee Installment Plan and submit payment of $50.00?

The payment will be applied to the balance of the reinstatement fees owed (no refund will be issued).

How will I be notified once items are sent to the BMV?

A BMV Form 2006 information letter will be sent indicating your installment plan has been approved and your license status is valid, expired, or cleared to retest.
A denial notice will be sent indicating a not eligible status and reason(s).

What if I am currently on a court-ordered payment plan?

A termination order must be obtained from the court before applying for the BMV Fee Installment Plan.

What will happen if I miss a payment? Do I have to complete a new application?

If you miss a payment, the installment plan will become inactive and the license status will revert back to "failure to reinstate." Once a $50.00 payment has been made and applied to the BMV record, the BMV installment plan will be reactivated.

I received my rejection notice, and have now satisfied the additional requirements; do I need to reapply for the BMV installment Plan?

Yes, you would need to reapply.

I was placed under another suspension and my BMV Fee Installment Plan was canceled. I have now cleared up the additional suspension, what do I need to do to get back onto a payment plan?

You will need to fill out BMV Form 1152, Fee Installment Plan application and reapply.

If I make my payment at a deputy registrar will they charge a service fee?

Yes, the deputy registrar $10 service fee will be charged each time a fee installment payment is made.

Can I make more than one payment a month?

Yes you can make multiple payments during the month; you must make a minimum payment of $50 every 30 days.

Why is the BMV able to offer a BMV installment plan?

The BMV fee installment plan was implemented due to Senate Bill 337 (129th General Assembly), Collateral Sanctions Bill, which was enacted into law on 9/28/2012.

Where in Ohio law can I find more information about the BMV installment plan?

You can find the payment plan in ORC section 4510.10 and OAC rule 4501:1-1-15.

I need to retest for my license. Will my installment plan application be rejected?

No, your BMV installment plan will be accepted and you will be eligible to test.

My payment is due today; if I pay online will my BMV installment plan be canceled?

Online payments take 5 to 7 days to process prior to being applied to the record. Fee installment plans can be inactivated for non-payment. However, BMV installment plans are reactivated once a payment has been applied to the BMV record.

If you have further questions, please call (614)752-7500. Call Center hours of operation: Monday - Friday 7 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.