Gina Mace

By Gina Mace

Special to the Beacon Journal

CUYAHOGA FALLS: Suspended drivers may not have to find a ride to the nearest reinstatement office to become legal again.

The Cuyahoga Falls License Bureau, located at 650 Graham Road, is accepting reinstatement fees for a $10 charge.

And if a suspended driver is required to submit paperwork, such as proof of insurance or a paid fine, the Falls location will overnight the documents to the Canton reinstatement office, the closest to Summit County.

Robert Teodosio, who heads the Falls Bureau, said it's a matter of convenience.

"For people who don't have a driver's license, it's tough to get to Canton," Teodosio said. "The offices are open restricted hours. It's much easier and more convenient to come here."

The Falls office is open Monday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If reinstating a license is just a matter of paying the fee, a driver will leave the office as a valid driver in most cases.

If additional paperwork is overnighted to the Canton office, the license could take an extra day or two to clear.

Other requirements, such as court appearances, paying fines, performing community service or clearing suspensions in other states, must be completed before driving privileges will be restored.

"People who are suspended for the most part know what they need to do," Teodosio said. 

Those who aren't sure should check with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles in Columbus.