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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Driver License Suspension & Reinstatement

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Currently under a license suspension?

If you are currently under a license suspension by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), the information provided will assist you in learning what you need to do to restore your driving privileges. The BMV will make every effort to restore your driving privileges to you upon timely receipt of our reinstatement requirements. These requirements differ depending on what type of suspension you are under.

In order to allow for the timely return of your driving privileges and to eliminate unnecessary delays, we recommend that you mail your requirements approximately 20 days before your suspension ending date. This will allow the BMV to process your reinstatement requirements and restore full driving privileges to you when the suspension has ended, provided that your driver license has not expired and there are no other suspensions in effect at that time. DO NOT SEND CASH. Please send a check or money order, made payable to the "Ohio State Treasurer" to the appropriate address.

If there are BMV forms that need to be completed, the forms may be provided by your court, or downloaded from the BMV forms Web page. Also, please remember that reinstatement fees are subject to change as a result of new legislation. To verify if fees are current, please call the BMV.

Reinstatement fees may now be paid online by electronic check only (no credit or debit cards accepted at this time). Payments can take up to seven business days to be processed.


Reinstatement Fees

Operator License Reinstatement
ORC Section 4511.191 (F)(a thru h)
OVI Conviction Date before 03/14/89
OVI Conviction Date between 03/15/89 thru 07/24/90
OVI Conviction Date between 07/25/90 thru 06/30/93
ALS/OVI Arrest Date between 07/01/93 thru 09/30/97
ALS/OVI Arrest Date between 10/01/97 thru 09/15/98
ALS/OVI Arrest Date between 9/16/98 thru 11/02/00
ALS/OVI Arrest Date between 11/03/00 thru 09/29/08
ALS/OVI Arrest Date on/after 9/30/08
Physical Control Suspension
Non-Compliance Reinstatement
ORC Section 4509.101 (A5a)
incident/Accident prior to 04/20/95
incident/Accident after 04/19/95
First Offense
Second Offense within 5 years
Third Offense within 5 years
incident/Accident after 10/16/09
First Offense
Second Offense within 5 years
Third Offense within 5 years
Random Selection

Note: There is a $50.00 additional non-voluntary surrender fee on all of the above non-compliance suspensions if the driver license and registration plates are not surrendered in the required amount of time.

Non-Resident Reinstatement
ORC Section 4511.951(A)
Non-Resident Violator Compact Suspension
If mailing date on Suspension Notice is 10/01/97 or greater
Vehicle Registration Reinstatement  
ORC Section 4503.233 (A2e)
License/Bond Forfeiture Reinstatement  
ORC Section 4510.22
LF/BF mail date between 9/16/04 and 10/15/09
LF/BF mail date on or after 10/16/09
Warrant Block Reinstatement  
ORC Section 4503.13
On or after 9/16/04
Child Support Reinstatement  
ORC Section 3123.58
Child Support

Suspension Fees

Per HB 1, the following suspension types will have a $40 Reinstatement Fee attached to them if they run longer than 89 days or are indefinite at setup time; and either have suspension notice mailing dates of 10/16/09 or later, or in the case of a court action, an offense date of 10/16/09 or later: ($30 Reinstatement Fee if dates are 10/01/97 or later and prior to 10/16/09 per HB 210):



Out-of-State Drug Offense


Probationary Suspension – Three Violations




Probationary Suspension – OVI


License Cancellation Fraudulent
Issuance – CDL


Restriction Violation


Liquor Law


School Dropout


NDR Suspension


Probationary Revocation


Probationary Suspension – OVUAC


12-Point Suspension


Probationary Suspension – Two



Court Actions


Ohio Drug Offense


Implied Consent



Court Suspension – Major Offense
w/o FRA


Administrative Revocation


Juvenile Suspension


Court Suspension


Court Suspension – Minor Offenses


School Weapons Suspension


Moped Suspension


Underage Alcohol Consumption Suspension

PR Permanent Revocation    

BMV Fee Payment Plan

ORC Section 4510.10  

The Ohio BMV offers a driver license reinstatement fee installment plan to those individuals who have met all their reinstatement requirements except for paying reinstatement fees. The plan will allow individuals owing $150 or more in reinstatement fee to become valid or eligible to retest for a driver license by paying only $50.00 or more every 30 days for as long as it takes to pay their reinstatement fees.

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Discharge in Bankruptcy

ORC Section 4510.10(G)  

Ohio law considers reinstatement fees as a debt that may be discharged in a bankruptcy. The BMV needs to be in receipt of a copy of the Petition or Discharge in Bankruptcy and a copy of the Schedule of Debts indicating the debts that were included in the bankruptcy. The BMV will review the documentation and remove the fees from your record that were included in the bankruptcy

Bankruptcy documentation may be filed in person at any Reinstatement Center location or may be mailed to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Attn: Compliance Unit, P.O. Box 16583, Columbus, Ohio 43216-6583