Lines grow as Ironton BMV reopens

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IRONTON, OH (WOWK) — After being closed for more than two months, BMVs across Ohio are allowed to reopen starting on Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

At 8 a.m. Tuesday morning, the BMV on 3rd Street in Ironton reopened. The line to get in is wrapped across the building, not many people can be seen wearing masks, while social distancing was no where to be seen. There were no available spots in the parking lot. People could be seen parking in the driver’s testing area, in “no parking” zones, and across the street.

Right now, the Ohio BMV is reminding people they don’t necessarily have to visit the office in person and can find many services online.

“The good thing is I’m retired. I don’t have to go to work somewhere so with the Good Lord’s will, I’ll make it through,” said Fealden Ruggles who was trying to renew tags to two cars. “I’ll put my mask on when I get up there since I’ve been trying to stay distant from others.”

The BMV says as of Tuesday, May 26, 2020, people have 90 days to renew their tags or a license, meaning they don’t need to be rushing to the bureau offices any time soon.

While many people praised the option of getting things done online on a Facebook post, an option to “Get in line, Online” on the BMV’s website to try and avoid the long lines crashed and was not available.

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