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Annual Letter from the Registrar

Deputy Registrar Customer Satisfaction Survey Results:
2013 – 21,641 Surveys Completed / Statewide Overall Score: 97.83%
2012 – 13,323 Surveys Completed / Statewide Overall Score: 97.26%
2011 – 16,833 Surveys Completed / Statewide Overall Score: 96.80%

Did you know finding an approved driving school in your area is just a click away?
How quickly can you come to a stop? If something or someone were to suddenly appear ahead of you, would you be able to avoid a collision? There are always these three factors involved in coming to a stop: perception, reaction, and braking. If you add an additional element such as impaired or distracted driving, the stopping distance significantly increases. To get there, drive aware! – California Highway Patrol
WOSU – Student Drivers Learn to Coexist with Cyclists
The Ohio BMV wants to hear from newly-licensed drivers! E-mail us a photo of yourself with your car keys and tell us about your plan to drive safely. Quarterly winners will be featured on BMV’s Facebook page and website, in Deputy Registrars across the state, and will receive an “I Hold the Key” keychain.
With warm weather approaching, more people are likely to be out and about more. Did you know that on average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes? (Traffic Safety Facts: Pedestrians, August, 2013)

Click here to learn more.
Have you told the BMV "What's on Your Plate?" Just send the BMV a photo of you with your personalized license plate and a brief summary of how you chose your plate’s message. E-mail us your photo and summary and you could be featured on BMV’s Facebook page and BMV’s official website. You could also win a decorative plate award with the personalization of your choice! Plates must be current and valid. Winners will be selected quarterly.
It’s Flashback Friday! In 1948 the registration fee for all passenger cars was set at $10.00.
Did you know that only about 1 out of 5 young drivers think that texting makes no difference to their driving performance and 68% of young drivers (ages 18 to 20) are willing to answer incoming phone calls on some, most, or all driving trips? Don’t drive distracted. Click here to learn more.
Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc. today announced that it will conduct a voluntary safety recall involving approximately 1.3 million vehicles, including certain Model Year 2009-2010 Corolla, 2009-2010 Matrix, 2008-2010 Highlander, 2009-2010 Tacoma, 2006-2008 RAV4 and 2006-2010 Yaris vehicles. Click here for more information.
Effective Monday, April 7, 2014, customers will be able to visit a Deputy Registrar agency and purchase a duplicate registration to change their address. The cost per vehicle is $4.50 ($1.00 duplicate registration fee plus $3.50 deputy fee).

Customers will be required to submit proof of their Ohio driver license, Ohio identification or Social Security number, and will receive an updated vehicle registration as a result of their request.
The 2013 “Organ, Tissue and Eye Donation Front Line Awards” are presented to the BMV Deputy Registrar locations in the State of Ohio with the highest donor registration rates or greatest improvement in people saying “yes” to donation by registering their name in the Ohio Donor Registry.

Today, the Upper Sandusky BMV Deputy Registrar Location will receive the “Most Improved in District 4” award for achieving an increase of 5.08 percent in the donor registration rate between 2012 and 2013. Local individuals touched by organ and tissue donation will present the award with Lifeline of Ohio.
It’s Flashback Friday! 1918 was the first year letters were stamped or embossed on license plates.
April is Donate Life Month - a month-long celebration to bring awareness to organ, eye and tissue donation. To learn about events in your area, go to www.donatelifeohio.org or Facebook, www.facebook.com/donatelifeohio.
Did you know you can view an unofficial copy of your driving record?
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month
It’s Flashback Friday! 1908 was the first full year of state motor vehicle registration and collection of fees.
Did you know that in Ohio, it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle without insurance or other financial responsibility (FR) proof. It is also illegal for any motor vehicle owner to allow anyone else to drive the owner's vehicle without FR proof.
Athens Deputy Registrar and Driver Examination Station Moving to New Locations
Check out the new “I Hold the Key to a Safer Ohio” poster! Do you hold the key?
With warm weather approaching, more children are out and about playing. Consequently, many children are killed or seriously injured in backover incidents. A backover incident typically occurs when a vehicle coming out of a driveway or parking space backs over an unattended child because the driver did not see him or her.

Prevention Tips from NHTSA
It's Flashback Friday! To conserve resources for the allied war effort, 1943 registrations consisted of the 1942 plates plus this red window sticker.
Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Launches “I Hold the Key to a Safer Ohio” Contest
Traveling to a Deputy Registrar today? Find out ahead of time how much your transaction will cost.
Congrats to Donate Life Ohio “Front Line” Award winners!
Did you know that 95 percent of Americans support organ donation, but only 55 percent of Ohioans are registered. Have you said yes to organ donation?
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The Ohio BMV wants to hear from newly-licensed drivers!

E-mail us at: Communications@dps.state.oh.us. Include a photo of yourself with your car keys and tell us about your plan to drive safely.

Quarterly winners will be featured on BMV’s Facebook page and website, in Deputy Registrars across the state, and will receive an “I Hold the Key” keychain.

 

 

The Ohio BMV selected its second "What's on Your Plate?" winner! As this quarter's winner, Diane Grimes will be featured on this site and the BMV Facebook and Twitter pages. She also will receive a decorative license plate with the personalization of her choice.

Diane was selected from 25 submissions for her powerful story. Diane’s son, Connor was diagnosed at birth with biliary atresia. Diane donated 40% of her liver to her son when he was 2½ years old. Diane and her son, who is now 18 years old, have Donate Life plates, Diane with the message “IGAVE” and her son with the message “IRECVD” on his plate.

If you have a unique personalized license plate, tell the BMV! Just e-mail us a photo of you with your personalized license plate and a brief summary of how you chose your plate's message. Plates must be current and valid. Winners will be selected quarterly.

Next of Kin logo Emergency Contact Information  

Next of Kin (NOK)

Adds emergency contact information to your driving record, for law enforcement purposes only, in the event one of your family members would need to be contacted regarding an emergency situation.
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.

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Download commonly requested BMV forms. Available in (PDF) format.

 
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Browse BMV facts and figures all the way back to 2006.

 
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Retrieve Ohio Crash Reports.

 
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Ohio photo ID cards for children will assist authorities in the event that a child is reported missing.

 
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The opportunity to impact lives starts with a personal commitment to be an organ, eye and tissue donor.

 
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OPLATES.com allows you to renew one or more vehicles and/or select and purchase specialty plates in minutes.