Ohio BMV License Suspensions

The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) suspends Ohio driver licenses for a number of reasons, including:

Receiving 12 points for traffic violations
Driving without insurance
Test refusal or testing over the limit for a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol or other drugs (OVI)
Some drug offenses
Out-of-State alcohol- or drug-related offenses


The BMV will keep a suspension in effect until all of their reinstatement fees are paid.

If your license is suspended by the BMV for any of the above reasons, you can file an appeal to gain driving privileges during your suspension through the Clerk’s Office Civil Division. You can also make payment arrangements to pay off your reinstatement fees through an appeal for privileges through our Court. (Please note: If you are under a suspension for failure to pay child support or a judgment suspension, these suspensions cannot be appealed through our Court. You will need to contact the Montgomery County Common Pleas Court, Domestic Relations Division for information on gaining driving privileges.)

You can file a license appeal against the BMV in the Clerk’s Office Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Once you submit the appropriate paperwork and pay your filing fee, your appeal will be assigned to a Judge. At this time, you can also present a driving permit to the Court for consideration by a Judge. You can request driving privileges for work, educational or medical reasons for up to a maximum of 60 hours a week. If the Judge approves your appeal and grants driving privileges, you may be given privileges for up to five days with 12 hours of driving, or six days with 10 hours of driving based on approved needs.

Check Your Ohio BMV Information Online

If you would like an unofficial copy of your driving record or more information on your type of license suspension or reinstatement, you can visit the BMV web site by clicking on our "Links" web page.