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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Driver License Suspension & Reinstatement


License/Bond Forfeiture

ORC Sections 4510.22

          • Driver is charged with a violation which is classified as a first, second, third or fourth degree misdemeanor. Driver either fails to appear in court at the required time or appears and pleads guilty or is found guilty and fails to pay the fine within the required time.

Length of Suspension
          • Driver license and vehicle registration are suspended indefinitely.
            NOTE: Effective May 19, 1997, per Senate Bill 121, Vehicle Registration will also be blocked with this suspension.
                                                • Suspension remains in effect until the driver appears in court to answer the charge and pay the fine, or pays the fine originally imposed.
                                                • On September 16, 2004, House Bill 230 called for a reinstatement fee to cover BMV administrative cost.  Effective October 16, 2009, House Bill 1 increased the reinstatement fee. See Reinstatement Fee List for required fee amount..

Appeal Procedures
          • None.

Reinstatement Requirements
          • Driver must make a court appearance and pay all fines.
          • Release of forfeiture forwarded to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles
          • Effective September 16, 2004, House Bill 230 requires a reinstatement fee to cover BMV administrative cost.