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    12-Point Suspension

    A 12-point suspension is when someone receives 12 or more points on their driving record within a two-year period.

    Reinstatement Requirements
    • Serve six-month suspension
    • Complete a remedial driving course
    • File a certificate of insurance (SR-22/bond)
    • Pay a reinstatement fee
    • Retake complete driver license exam

    Ohio Revised Code: 4510.037 4510.038

     

    Six-Point Warning Letter

    The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) sends out warning letters when six points are accumulated on a driving record within a two-year period. The warning letter lists the violations with the number of points for each. The BMV mails the letter to the address on file for the driver. For reference, the letter includes reinstatement requirements for a 12-point suspension.

    Ohio Revised Code: 4510.037 (A)

    Other Suspensions

    Child Support Suspension

    A child support enforcement agency can suspend a license for failure to pay on a child support order or failure to answer to a warrant or subpoena for child support issues. The suspension will remain active until all requirements are met.

    Reinstatement Requirements

    • Contact the child support enforcement agency and satisfy any requirements. The child support agency will then electronically release the suspension with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
    • Pay a reinstatement fee due to the BMV.

    Ohio Revised Code: 3123.58

    Other Suspensions

    Medical Suspension

    If the Registrar finds a driver unable to safely operate a vehicle due to a mental or physical condition, a driver license or temporary permit will not be issued to or retained by the individual.

    Reinstatement Requirements

    This suspension will stand until the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) receives an acceptable Request for Statement of Physician (form BMV 2310) or until required exams are passed.

    Ohio Revised Code: 4507.08

    Other Suspension Information

    License Cancellation

    Altered

    A driver license or identification card may be canceled if the Ohio BMV has knowledge it was obtained fraudulently or unlawfully, issued in error, altered or willfully destroyed.

    Reinstatement Requirements
    • Retake complete driver license exam

    Ohio Revised Code: 4507.19

    Co-Signer

    The co-signer of a temporary instruction permit or driver license for a minor under age 18 can surrender the minor’s license or temporary instruction permit and request it be canceled.

    Reinstatement Requirements

    If a new co-signer is available, a new driver license or temporary instruction permit may be issued with no test requirement. If the temporary instruction permit or driver license are not expired, only a deputy fee will be charged.

    To request a transfer of co-signer, the minor and the new co-signer must be present at the deputy registrar license agency. The original co-signer does not need to be present.

    The applicant must retake the complete driver license exam if:

    • The same individual who requested the cancellation co-signs for a new license
    • The driver license or temporary instruction permit expired
    • He or she is now age 18 or older

    Ohio Revised Code: 4507.07

    Court-Ordered

    A court may cancel the driver license of an individual as part of sentencing for any offense.

    Reinstatement Requirements
    • Retake complete driver license exam

    Fraudulent Issuance

    The registrar may cancel a driver license or state-issued identification card if he or she receives evidence that the applicant knowingly gave false information on his or her application.

    Reinstatement Requirements
    • Wait 60 days after cancellation
    • If driver license was canceled, retake complete driver license exam
    • If a commercial driver license was canceled, pay a reinstatement fee

    Ohio Administrative Code: 4501:1-1-29

    Holder of Driver License and ID Card

    In Ohio, an individual may not hold an Ohio driver license and state identification (ID) card at the same time. Having a permanent ID card issued will cancel a driver license.

    Reinstatement Requirements
    • Retake complete driver license exam

    Ohio Revised Code: 4507.50

    Voluntary Surrender

    An individual may choose to surrender his or her license. Upon receipt by the Ohio BMV, the license will be canceled.

    Reinstatement Requirements
    • Retake complete driver license exam

    Ohio Administrative Code: 4501:1-206

    Other Suspensions

    Violation of Restriction Suspension

    A violation of restriction suspension is established when a driver has violated a license restriction such as not wearing corrective lenses, using mechanical control devices as required, operating a motorcycle without an endorsement, or disregarding a daylight driving only restriction, etc.

    Reinstatement Requirements

    • Serve six-month suspension
    • Pay a reinstatement fee

    Ohio Revised Code: 4507.14

    Other Suspension Information

    Permanent Revocation

    A permanent revocation means an individual’s privilege to obtain a driver license has been withdrawn permanently by the court.

    The court may issue a permanent revocation if an individual is convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular homicide or vehicular manslaughter. Other serious offenses also may result in permanent revocation.

    Reinstatement Requirements

    The individual must file a motion with the sentencing court for modification or termination of the suspension.

    Ohio Revised Code: 2903.06 4507.16 4510.54

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