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Ohio BMV is having trouble issuing drivers' licenses
Computer problems have stalled licenses since Monday
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT JO INGLES


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If you need to renew your Ohio Driver’s license, you might want to call ahead to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles before making the trip. The state computer system – which is hooked into a national system that red-flags problems that drivers had in other states – has cut out.

Lindsey Bohrer of the Ohio BMV says problems started Monday, when the state was updating commercial driver’s licenses.

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“If they are close to expiration or they have a license that’s expiring today, they can go to their local deputy and hopefully they will have their driver’s license issued. If not, we are issuing letters to them. That way if they were to get pulled over by law enforcement, they would not be penalized.” 

Bohrer says no one knows how long the disruption will continue, and that the state is working with the overseers of the national database to try to straighten things out. She notes that the vehicle registrations are unaffected.

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