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How to Find Out How Many Points Are on an Ohio Driver's License

by Lindsey Thompson

In the state of Ohio, different driving offenses incur different amounts of points. Any Ohio driver who receives 12 points on his record in a two-year period automatically receives a six-month license suspension, according to Ohio Revised Code. If you are uncertain how many points are on your driving record, you can check through the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

Online Driving Records

You can request a free, unofficial two-year driving record by visiting the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Ohio License/ID Verification page. Enter your driver license number, date of birth, first letter of your last name and last four digits of your Social Security number. If you need a three-year abstract, use the “Driver Abstracts Order Online” link on the Oplates.com website.

Through the Mail

To find out how many points you have by mail, download and fill out BMV Form 1173. The form requires your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number and driver license number. Mail the form, along with a $5 check as of 2015, to the address on the form. If you are requesting another person’s driving record, you must also submit BMV Form 5008, which must be signed and notarized. You can also call 1-866- 675-2837 to request a copy of a driving record.

In-Person

Ohio Regional Driver License Reinstatement Centers and Local Deputy Registrar License Agencies also supply driving records. At both places, you must fill out BMV Form 1173 and pay a $5 fee at the reinstatement centers and $8.50 fee at the license agencies. To get another person’s record, you must have a signed and notarized BMV Form 5008.

About the Author

Lindsey Thompson began her writing career in 2001. Her work has been published in the Cincinnati Art Museum's "Member Magazine" and "The Ohio Journalist." You'll also find her work on websites like Airbnb, Chron.com, and USAToday.com. Thompson holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism from the Scripps School of Journalism at Ohio University.

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