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Online license renewal could save Ohioans time, money
Sen. Eric Kearney, sponsor of the bill, says it's also a way to modernize the state

Andy Chow
Senator Eric Kearney says his proposal is designed for the convenience of the citizens.
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State lawmakers will consider a proposal that could cut down long lines at the BMV. As Andy Chow reports, the bill’s sponsor says his plan also has the potential to save the state a lot of money.

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When it comes to running errands, Sen. Eric Kearney knows that renewing your driver’s license at the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is one of the most dreaded trips. That’s why the Democrat from Cincinnati wants to allow Ohioans to renew online.

“It’s like the dentist and the BMV—the two places you don’t want to wait,” he jokes. “In all seriousness, it does save time. It allows you to just do it online, you can do it at home and quickly fulfill your obligation.

Kearney’s proposal would only apply for drivers over the age of 21. The Senate minority caucus president says Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Michigan have a similar online renewal system.

“It’s designed to save money. It’s designed for the convenience of the citizens, the customers. It modernizes the state of Ohio and also catches us up with our neighboring states.””

Kearney says Iowa saves $1.2 million a year with this program and since Ohio is bigger, he predicts the Buckeye State would save even more.

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