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Get Your Ohio Online Driving Records (by DaytonDUI)

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles has created a system to access your driving record on-line.  The system permits drivers to obtain a record of all convictions within the past two years. The driving record will also reflect all open suspensions or revocations. Drivers are reminded that Ohio Revised Code (ORC 4510.037) provides that the Registrar of Motor Vehicles is required to impose a license suspension on all drivers who accumulate 12 points on their records during any two-year period. A list of points charged for various offenses can be found in ORC 4510.036.  Click HERE to access your unofficial driving record. To obtain a certified copy of your driving record that includes information from the last three years, click HERE. You can also request a certified driving record by calling the Automated Telephone System: 1-866-OPLATES (675-2837).

To obtain a prior three-year driving record of violations and accidents regarding any person, it is necessary to submit the full name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, and driver license number along with other information requested on form BMV 1173 ( Record Request). If inquiring about another individual’s driving record, form BMV 5008 (Notarized Written Consent Release of Personal Information) must be also be completed, notarized, and submitted with form BMV 1173.  The fee for a driving record request by mail is $5.00. Please make check payable to the “Ohio Treasurer” Allow 14-21 days to process.

Deputy Registrars also have the ability to issue copies of driving records (driver license abstracts) at branch license agency offices throughout Ohio.  Driving records may only be obtained by qualified individuals.  License agency customers may purchase driving records for themselves; for others, upon written consent; and for other individuals who qualify to receive driving record information.  A driver license abstract contains an individual’s three-year record of violations and accidents.  Form BMV 5713 (Driver Abstract Request) must be completed in order to receive a driver license record.  This form can be obtained at any local Deputy Registrar license agency location.

An individual inquiring regarding himself or herself: (Complete Part A)

  • If inquiring in person for information on yourself, you must provide personal information regarding yourself and prove your identity by presenting your driver license or identification card.

An individual inquiring regarding another person: (Complete Parts A and B)
If inquiring regarding another individual, you must attach a notarized form BMV 5008 (Notarized Written Consent Release of Personal Information) granting the written consent of the person.

Other:
Check applicable reason for request on back of form BMV 5713 and present all required identification and complete parts A and B.

There is a fee of $8.50 for each driving record request. This cost includes information returned on a driving record request that does not match the information provided or is not found in the computer database.

DUI attorney Charles M. Rowland II dedicates his practice to defending the accused drunk driver in Fairborn, Dayton, SpringfieldKetteringVandaliaXeniaMiamisburgHuber HeightsBeavercreekCentervilleSpringboro, Franklin and throughout Ohio.  He has the credentials and the experience to win your case and has made himself the Miami Valley’s choice for DUI defense.  Contact Charles Rowland by phone at 937-318-1DUI (937-318-1384), 937-879-9542, or toll-free at 1-888-ROWLAND (888-769-5263).  For after-hours help contact our 24/7 DUI HOTLINE at 937-776-2671.  For information about Dayton DUI sent directly to your mobile device, text DaytonDUI (one word) to 50500.  Follow DaytonDUI on Twitter @DaytonDUI or Get Twitterupdates via SMS by texting DaytonDUI to 40404. DaytonDUI is also available on Facebook,www.facebook.com/daytondui and on the DaytonDUI channel on YouTube.  You can also email Charles Rowland at: CharlesRowland@DaytonDUI.com or write to us at 2190 Gateway Dr., Fairborn, Ohio 45324.

Driving Under Suspension in Ohio

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Ohio’s Driving Under Suspension (DUS) law is formidable.  The statutory scheme encompasses over 20 different types of suspensions ranging from Automatic License Suspensions for DUI offenses to suspensions for failing to purchase adequate insurance coverage. Please click on the links below for specific information. If you need additional information on Ohio’s DUS law, or if you find yourself charged with Driving Under Suspension or any of the myriad offense that require contact with the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, please contact Dayton traffic attorney Charles M. Rowland II at (937)318-1DUI [318-1384] today.

Types of Suspensions in Ohio

Driving Under Suspension: What is a 12-Point Suspension?

12 Point Suspensions 

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Driving under suspension is a serious offense in Ohio. A violation is a first degree misdemeanor and some provisions of the law provide for mandatory jail time.  A twelve point suspension is caused by the accumulation of not less than 12 points on your driving record within a two-year period.  The suspension begins twenty days after Ohio’s BMV sends you a letter putting you on notice of the suspension.  It is not usually a valid defense that the Ohio BMV sent the suspension notice to a prior address.  It is your responsibility under Ohio law to maintain a current address with the Ohio BMV.  Often, our office will get frantic weekend calls because someone was arrested and is being held in jail due to a suspension they did not know about. The best way to avoid this circumstance is to work with a good attorney and be proactive about your license issues.  When you hire an attorney for a Driving Under Suspension Charge you want an attorney who will fight for you in court and help you to get your license valid.  If your attorney does not do both of these things he is only doing half the job.

LENGTH OF A 12-POINT SUSPENSION. A 12-Point Suspension lasts six months. When a judge of a court record suspends a person’s operating privileges and charges points against the person which resulted in a suspension, the registrar shall credit that period of suspension toward their 12-point suspension.

HOW TO APPEAL A 12-POINT SUSPENSION.  If cause can be shown why driving privileges should not be suspended, an appeal may be filed in the county or municipal court in the jurisdiction in which the driver resides, agreeing to pay the cost of the proceedings. Appeal should be filed before the beginning date of the suspension.  If you are a juvenile, an appeal must be filed in the juvenile court where the driver resides.  It is a good idea to get an attorney who can appeal you suspension and/or help you meet the requirements for getting valid.

GETTING VALID.  The requirements for getting valid can be found at O.R.C. 4510.038.  You must successfully complete a remedial driving instruction course given by an accredited remedial school, if you are 18 years of age or younger you may complete the juvenile driver improvement program (See Office Locations by County).  Please do not sign up for this type of course during the pendency of your case.  The course completion date must be after the conviction date of the triggering offense.  You will also be required to file proof of insurance in the form of an SR 22 or Bond.  Form BMV 2000 will be mailed to you as your notification to retake a complete driver license examination. (See Office Locations by County for exam stations).  Additionally, a reinstatement fee will be required.

Charles M. Rowland II and his DUI defense team have been representing persons charged with driving under suspension for over sixteen years.  He has battled out of state suspensions, decades old suspensions, identity theft suspensions, and has learned to ride the waves of Ohio’s turbulent DUS law.  My goal is to see you back on the road and obtain for you a valid Ohio driver’s license. I will do everything possible to protect you from additional license suspensions, excessive fines and jail time. I will help you get your life back on track. Contact me at (937) 318-1DUS or (937) 318-1DUI.