DMV Point System in Ohio

Driving Record Points & Violations in Ohio

Chances are, if you're reading this you recently have been ticketed for a traffic violation, or you have accumulated a lot of points on your driver's license. Either way, you're probably not in a good mood. So, no fooling around here―just the facts and information you need to know about Ohio's point system.

Typically, if you accumulate too many driving record points, you'll face:

  • Fines from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and traffic court.
  • Reinstatement requirements.
  • Driver's license restrictions.

If you have a specific question about your OH driver's license or a violation you've committed, please contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office.

OH Driving Record Points Applied

Let's start with the basics, and move on from there. Here is a list of possible violations that will earn you points on your Ohio driving record:

  • Homicide by vehicle.
  • Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Failure to stop and disclose identity at the scene of a crash.
  • Willingly fleeing or eluding a law enforcement officer.
  • Drag racing.
  • Operating a motor vehicle without the consent of the owner.
  • Operating a motor vehicle while your OH driver's license is under suspension or revocation.
  • Using a motor vehicle in the commission of a felony, or committing any crime punishable as a felony under Ohio motor vehicle laws.
  • Willful or blatant disregard of the safety of persons or property.
  • Operating a vehicle after under-age alcohol consumption.
  • All other moving violations except those pertaining to load limits.
  • Operating a motor vehicle in violation of a restriction imposed by the Registrar of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Point Penalties in Ohio

If you accumulate 12 points or more in a period of 2 years, your driving privileges will generally be suspended for 6 months. After that period, you'll need to take a remedial driving course. After you complete the course and satisfy the requirements of your OH driver's license suspension, you'll have to take the driving test again.

Check Your OH Driver's License Status

Whenever you need or want to check the status of your driver's license, you can order an Ohio driving record report. This record show if your driver's license is currently valid. If your driver's license is revoked or suspended, the report will indicate that according to what's on record with the Ohio BMV. This report will also show points held against your driver's license and, in some cases, information on any accidents you have had.

Ohio Traffic School for Point Credit

You may be eligible to take a remedial driving course approved by the Department of Public Safety, where you will receive a point credit. (See a list of approved schools that offer this course.)

OH Point Effects on Your Insurance Rates

Accumulating points on your driver's license can possibly result in higher insurance premiums. Check with your agent or insurance company for details about chances you may have to earn a safe driver discount and lower your car insurance rates.

The Ohio Insurance Institute presents more information on Ohio's point system, including the progressive point system for speeding.

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