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Next of Kin (ORC 4501.81) - This statute creates a voluntary program, allowing those with a valid Ohio driver license, commercial driver license, temporary instruction permit, motorcycle operator license and endorsement, motorized bicycle operator license, or state identification card to submit two emergency contacts to the Ohio BMV, to be used by law enforcement in the event they are seriously injured or killed in an automobile crash. If the individual is involved in an emergency situation or is otherwise unable to communicate, law enforcement will use the information to notify these emergency contacts.
You can now allow your emergency contact person (s) to share your current medical information with medical professionals providing emergency medical treatment, if you are ever involved in an emergency or otherwise unable to communicate.
Emergency contact information may be submitted online by clicking here or on the Next of Kin form (BMV 2437), either through the mail or any Deputy Registrar. You may find the Next of Kin form online at www.bmv.ohio.gov or request it at your local Deputy Registrar. If you choose to mail the form, please send to: Bureau of Motor Vehicles, P.O. Box 16520, Columbus, OH, 43216-6520. You will need to submit specific identifiers for yourself so the information is accurately recorded. This includes your Ohio Driver license or ID number, last four digits of your SSN, initials, and your date of birth.
Yes, if you choose to participate and you are under the age of 18, one of your emergency contacts must be a parent or guardian. The second emergency contact can be someone other than a parent or guardian.
Yes, you may change your next of kin information on the BMV Web site or re-submit the Next of Kin form (BMV 2437).
You are responsible for any updates to the next of kin information. The BMV cannot be responsible for any changes to emergency contact information. Please update the information on the BMV Web site or re-submit the Next of Kin form (BMV 2437).
You should have concurrence from your next of kin before adding their emergency contact information. The Ohio BMV is not liable in any way for the information provided by an individual for the Next of Kin program.
To remove the contact information, you may do so online. You must check the "Remove" box to entirely remove an emergency contact (do not check the "Clear" tab; this only clears the immediate information. You must check the "Remove" box to remove a contact entirely).
Only authorized law enforcement and BMV personnel have access to this information. It may only be used to contact your next of kin designations in the case you are unable to communicate due to an accident or emergency.
Online by clicking here or completing the Next of Kin, form (BMV 2437). You will need to check the box located next to the emergency contact person(s) that you are authorizing to release your medical information.
The authorized emergency contact person(s) would be the only person. If you were involved in an emergency or otherwise unable to communicate, the first responders and/or medical professionals would contact your emergency contact person(s) to obtain your medical information.
In the event of an emergency, medical professionals will have a direct contact that has your current medical information.
You may want to ensure your emergency contact person(s) has your
up-to-date medical information, which could include, but not limited to the
following conditions: pacemaker, diabetic, seizures, etc.
No. You must have a valid driver license, commercial driver license, temporary permit or identification card from the state of Ohio to use this service.
No, this information cannot be provided as part of a public record. According to HB 392, next of kin information is not public record.
No, your emergency contact information cannot be bought or sold. Because the statute specifically exempts the information from being a public record, the public cannot inquire about this information.
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