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Motorcycle Insurance Minimum Requirements in Ohio

It's a clear-cut issue: You can't legally drive a vehicle within the state unless you have current motorcycle insurance coverage that meets the state's minimum requirements, or you can provide proof you meet the state's other financial responsibility standards.

Ways to Establish Financial Responsibility

By providing proof of your financial responsibility, you are showing to the state that you can at least handle the minimum monetary requirements needed to drive a vehicle within the state. While most people do this through auto liability insurance, you can also do this by producing proof of any of the following:

  • $30,000 bond issued by an authorized surety company.
  • Certificate of proof of financial responsibility.
  • Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) certificate showing you have at least $30,000 in cash or government bonds deposited with the State Treasurer.
  • BMV-issued bond secured by real estate with an equity of at least $60,000.
  • BMV-issued certificate of self-insurance (only available to those with at least 26 motor vehicles registered in their name or a company's name).

Ohio Motorcycle Insurance Requirements

Again, for most people, obtaining motorcycle liability insurance is the simplest―and smartest―way to meet the state's financial responsibility requirements.

But, your motorcycle insurance policy must at least meet these standards:

  • $25,000 bodily injury coverage for 1 person in an accident.
  • $50,000 bodily injury coverage for an accident involving two or more persons.
  • $25,000 property damage coverage.

Of course, cost can be an issue, especially if you're a younger driver. That's why it pays to invest some time and shop around for the best coverage and rates. Fortunately, it's pretty easy to do this online by getting motorcycle insurance quotes.

Proof of Insurance and Financial Responsibility

Unlike some states, Ohio doesn't have a means of automatically knowing you if you're covered by a motorcycle insurance policy. So, when required, you'll need to provide proof of your insurance coverage or other financial responsibility coverage by showing one of the following:

  • Current insurance identification card or policy.
  • Surety bond certificate issued by an authorized surety company.
  • BMV bond certificate.
  • BMV certificate indicating you have at least $30,000 deposited with the state.
  • BMV Certificate of self-insurance.

Penalties for Failure to Maintain Financial Responsibility

So, what happens if you have no proof of insurance when requested to show it by a law enforcement officer?

In most cases, the officer will give you a written notice. You'll then have to provide proof of your financial responsibility by either:

  • Showing your proof in traffic court.
  • Sending a copy of your proof to the address listed on the notice.

The BMV also randomly selects drivers to show their proof of insurance by sending a letter to them, and asking for this information. Just follow the instructions given in the letter to comply with the request.

Failing to show your proof of motorcycle insurance in a timely manner means your license and vehicle registration will begin the suspension process. You may lose your driving privileges for up to 2 years.

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