The Vinton County Clerk of Courts, Lisa Gilliland, has issued the following statement:

“In light of the announcement by Governor DeWine that all BMV offices in the State of Ohio will be closed  at the close of business today [March 18, 2020]; the Vinton County Clerk of Courts Title and License Bureau/GMV will be closed to the public until further notice due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

“My office staff will reduced hours Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. to prepare the office for the shutdown and finish necessary accounting reports for the BMV. Beginning on Monday, March 23, my staff will be in the office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“NO ONE except staff is permitted to enter any BMV office from this point forward.

“If you are a trucking company who needs your fleet of truck tags, please contact my office, 740-596-2040 or 740-596-5401, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. so that we may accommodate you and keep you on the road. There will be five (5) BMV agencies open in the State to process commercial transactions only, all other functions are suspended at this time.

“All driving examination functions are cancelled at this time.

“Please see the attached Frequently Asked Questions from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles [see Facebook] that may be able to answer some of your questions. You may continue to do mail-in registration for vehicle registration renewals; as well as doing online vehicle registration renewals, reinstatement payments, and change of addresses at no additional cost at www.oplates.com.

“If you are a car dealership and have title work to process, my staff will be available to process your titles. You may arrange to drop off your work at my office at the front door, we will process and return your titles back to you through the front door. If you are an individual in need of a title transfer, I am working on the criteria that will allow you to mail your work to the office and will have that out to you ASAP.

“Also, at this time, my Legal Department hours at the Courthouse are being reduced to 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. I have a drop-off box at the security guard station in the Courthouse lobby. You may leave your documents there. If it is necessary for you to come to my office, only one person at a time will be permitted in the office and no one will be permitted behind the counter. If you have questions about a document, please feel free to call my office at 740-596-3001 during the hours of 9 a.m .and 3 p.m. and I will do my best to assist you over the phone and save you a trip in. I am trying to limit foot traffic into the office for everyone’s protection. The Vinton County Treasurer has a drop box in the alley next to the Sheriff’s Department building, which may also be utilized to drop things off in. Keep in mind that this box is not large so only small letters should be placed there; and be sure to properly mark for it to come to the Vinton County Clerk of Courts so that it can be delivered to me.

If you have any questions or concerns about any of these items, please do not hesitate to contact my office at the numbers listed during the hours that I will have staff available. I thank you for your continued patience and understanding as we all work through this unprecedented crisis that we are currently in.

“Please continue to exercise safety precautions and may God bless you all.”

Respectfully,

Lisa Gilliland, Vinton County Clerk of Courts