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How to Get Points Off a Driving Record in Ohio

by Pete Campbell

In Ohio, drivers can be assessed two, four, or six-point penalties, depending on the severity of the infraction that occurred while driving. If a driver is assessed a total of 12 points in a two-year period, his license can be suspended. However, there are steps to be taken that can reduce the number of points on a driving record, reducing the risk a license could be suspended.

Remedial Driving Course

Enroll in a remedial driving course at an accredited driving school. In Ohio, a driver with five or more points on his record will receive a letter from the state warning that his license is in danger of being revoked. That letter will also include a list of accredited driving schools where the course can be taken.

Complete the driving school successfully. The classes will typically cover Ohio driving laws, as well as some basic driving techniques and strategies. At the end of the class, drivers will be tested on that information.

Provide the state with the certificate indicating that the driving school has been completed successfully. Once the state has been informed, it will assess a two-point credit to the driving record. It is impossible to remove points outright from a record but the net result is the same -- two fewer points are counted on the record, reducing the chance of license suspension.

Tips

  • The driving school can be taken once every three years and a driver can obtain a maximum of five points off his record by taking the classes.
  • Although the points are not taken off the record, courts in Ohio generally only look at a driver's point totals in the last two years. That means that safe, point-free driving for two years will effectively reduce the number of points on a driving record, even if they technically still exist.

Warning

  • Drivers are only eligible for the classes if they have more than two points or fewer than 12 points on their driving record.

About the Author

Pete Campbell has written professionally since 2006. He has covered culture, sports, literature, business and politics. He has been published in a wide range of publications, including the "Wall Street Journal." He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Notre Dame.

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