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Ohio Driver’s License Suspensions

Was your license suspended? Driver’s license suspensions are common in Ohio. Check out our list of reasons why you could be suspended. Call today and we will help you get your license back.

In Ohio, Your License Can Be Suspended for the Following Reasons

Type of Suspension
12-points Accumulation of 12 points within a two-year period.
Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Positive Test Testing with a prohibited blood alcohol concentration.
Administrative License Suspension (ALS) Test Refusal Refusing to submit to a blood, breath or urine test when requested to do so by law enforcement.
Child Support Failure to pay child support.
Court Suspensions A suspension invoked by a court.
First Offense DUI DUI coded by the presiding court as a first offense within the last six years.
Habitual Use of Alcohol/Drugs Conviction of three or more Alcohol/Drug related offenses within a three year period.
High School Suspension Unauthorized withdrawal from school, habitual absence without legitimate excuse, or suspension/expulsion for drugs or alcohol.
In-State Drug Related Individual found guilty by an Ohio court of drug-related offenses under Chapter 2925 of Ohio Revised Code.
Judgments Unsatisfied civil judgment resulting from the use, care, or maintenance of a motor vehicle.
Juvenile Suspension Under 18 and has been adjudicated unruly, delinquent, or juvenile traffic offender.
License/Bond Forfeiture Failure to pay a fine or appear in court in connection to a traffic offense within Ohio.
Limited Privilege Order A court grants limited driving privileges during a suspension.
Liquor Law (Violations) A person of insufficient age uses another person’s driver license or alters one’s own to purchase alcohol.
Medical (Restricted or Suspension) Suffering from a physical or mental disability or disease that prevents him/her from exercising reasonable/ordinary control of a motor vehicle.
National Driver Registry (NDR) – Indefinite Upon a check with other states, an individual is found to be under suspension.
Non-Compliance (Crash Report Accident UTT Ticket Random Selection) Any driver and/or owner who fails to show Proof of Financial Responsibility was in effect at the time of an accident/offense will lose his/her driving and registration privileges for a minimum of 90 days.
Non-Resident Violator Compact Ohio driver has an unpaid ticket from a court in another state.
Out-of-State Alcohol or Drug Related Offenses An individual pleads guilty or is convicted of a DUI or Drug related offense in another state.
OVUAC Underage drinking with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of .02% but less than .08%.
Physical Control of a Vehicle While Intoxicated An individual is convicted of having physical control of a vehicle while intoxicated.
Probationary License Suspension/DUI The driver is under the age of 18 at the time of the offense, with a prohibited BAC.
Probationary License Suspension/OVUAC The driver is under the age of 18 at the time of the offense, with at BAC of .02% or more but less than .08%.
Probationary Revocations (2 Violations) A person is convicted of two separate moving violations within any two year period prior to 18 years of age.
Probationary Revocations (3 Violations) A person is convicted of three separate moving violations within any two year period prior to 18 years of age.
Second Offense DUI DUI coded by presiding court as a second offense within six years.
Security Suspension Damages from an accident where a “case” has been established by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles.
Violation of Restriction Suspension A violation of restriction(s) imposed for special mechanical control devices required on a motor vehicle, or any other restrictions applicable to the licensee that were determined to be necessary.
Warrant Block A block on either driver’s license and/or vehicle registration due to outstanding arrest warrant.
Weapon on School Property Under 19 years old and conveying or possessing a deadly weapon or dangerous ordinance to, or on school property.

Most Common Driving Under Suspension Charges

  • Driving Under Suspension or in violation of license restriction: 4510.11
  • Driving under OVI Suspension: 4510.14
  • Driving under Financial Responsibility law suspension or cancellation: 4510.16


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