Traffic Law: Driver's License Reinstatement
A driver’s license suspension in Ohio may be imposed by the Ohio Bureau Of Motor Vehicles (B.M.V.) or by a court. Examples of B.M.V. suspensions include Administrative License Suspensions, 12-Point suspensions, and Non-compliance suspensions. Examples of court suspensions include suspensions for an O.V.I. conviction, a Physical Control conviction, and a Reckless Operation conviction.
If your driver’s license has been suspended by the B.M.V. or by a court, there are certain procedures you must follow to reinstate your license. Until you have followed the reinstatement procedures and actually received a new license, you are not permitted to drive, even if the suspension has ended.
During the suspension, the B.M.V. will send you a reinstatement notice at the address on your driver’s license. Therefore, it is important to complete a change-of-address with the B.M.V. if you are no longer living at the address on your license.
License Reinstatement Procedures
There are basically three options for reinstating your license; by mail, in person, or online.
By Mail: In the last month of the suspension, mail the reinstatement notice from the B.M.V. with payment of the reinstatement fee and proof of current auto insurance. You will receive, by mail, a document confirming you are eligible for a new license. Take that document to a B.M.V. Registrar License Agency to obtain the new license.
In Person. When the suspension has ended, go to a B.M.V. reinstatement center in person to pay the reinstatement fee and provide proof of current auto insurance. You will receive, in person, a document confirming you are eligible for a new license. Take that document to a B.M.V. Registrar License Agency to obtain the new license.
Online: Visit Ohio.bmv.gov and follow the instructions to pay your reinstatement fees
Additional requirements: Certain types of license suspensions have additional reinstatement requirements, such as taking a remedial driving course, obtaining an SR-22 insurance bond, and re-taking the driver’s license exam.
Reinstatement fees vary, depending on the reason your license was suspended. In addition, reinstatement fees change when new legislation is passed.
If you need an attorney to assist you in reinstating your license, which can be a very complicated procedure involving many steps, contact Attorney Jeffrey G. Edleman in Amherst, Ohio. We represent clients in working with courts and the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to reinstate your license or obtain limited driving privileges for you where complete restoration is not yet possible.
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