Residents from Union County will have to drive a little farther to get their driver’s license.
On Sept. 1, the Driver Examination station in Marysville, located at the Union County Bureau of Motor Vehicles, closed permanently.
The Marysville station is one of 13 BMV locations that have stopped offering driver exams.
Lindsey Bohrer, Assistant Director of Communications for the Ohio Department of Public Safety, said the closures are part of an effort to make the Ohio BMV’s Driver Examination section more efficient.
Each of the closing stations were in areas “where demand for (written) knowledge and skills tests is very low,” according to Bohrer.
Because of low demand, she said each of the closing stations were either part-time or staffed by a single employee.
Bohrer said the closings are part of a “multi-faceted overhaul” that will also include expanding BMV services in nearby areas with larger existing examination stations and higher demand.
Each of these nine, higher-demand locations will begin offering knowledge testing for driver exams six days a week, including a new, full-day schedule on Monday.
The closest location to expand its services is the Hilliard BMV, located at 4738 Cemetery Road.
Bohrer said the BMV’s “optimization plan” will benefit the agency and consumers.
She said the closings and expansions will “streamline processes, optimize resources, offset costs and improve customer service.”
The complete list of station closures includes: Bryan, Tiffin, Wapakoneta, Sidney, Marysville, Urbana, Circleville, Mt. Vernon, Ashland, Chardon, Carrolton, Cambridge and Gallipolis.
Skills testing locations that will expanded to six days a week are: Cincinnati, Huber Heights, Toledo, Alum Creek, Hilliard, Cleveland, Canton, Zanesville and Jackson.
The Marion County BMV, at 222 W. Center Street, will continue to offer knowledge testing for driver exams five days a week. Testing is offered Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m.-4:15 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
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