Driving record

If you’re concerned about having a few points on your driver’s license, don’t fret. Although having too many points (12 and above) is enough reason for suspension, there are ways to keep those points down, or even have some removed, before the two-year period is over.

This quick and comprehensive guide will not only explain how the Ohio violation point system works, but it will also help you learn ways to obtain your driving record.  

What Is the Ohio Point System for Traffic Violations? 

 The Ohio Point System for traffic violations is a system that has been set in place to keep the roads safe from dangerous drivers. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) uses a fixed table of traffic violations and their corresponding points for drivers who violate traffic laws. 

You can accumulate points on your license due to a number of driving violations. Driving points are given in equivalents of 2, 4, or 6, depending on your violation, and these points can accumulate with every infraction. It’s important to note that if you accumulate up to 12 violation points on your driver’s license over a two-year period, your license will be suspended.

How Do I End Up With Points on My License?

According to the Ohio Code, there are various ways to get points on your license. Here are a few:  

See the full list of driving violations and their corresponding points here

Can I Remove Points From My License? 

While points remain on your driving record forever, there are some ways to remove points from your license to avoid license suspension. Getting 12 points on your driver’s license within a two-year period means that your license will be suspended automatically.

However, you can appeal this if you do so before the suspension date provided on your letter from the BMV. Normally, you are given 20 days to file this petition, which you can do at either your local municipal or county court. 

If you have two to twelve points on your license, the Ohio BMV allows the removal of two points after enrolling in a driving instruction course and successfully completing it. Be sure to contact the BMV first to see whether you can remove points from your record this way. If you are given the go signal, you can submit your certification of completion to the BMV to have the points removed. 

 Notably, this course may only be completed once every three years, and only taken 5 times in total. This means that only two points can be removed from your record per two-year violation count. If you happen to accumulate more points on your license, you may not be able to avoid future suspension.

Another point to take note of is that the two-year starting point begins upon your first violation and counts the next two years from there.

How to Request for Your Driving Records

 There are three different types of driving records in the Ohio BMV which also have different ways to request for them. 

  1. Two-Year Unofficial Driving Record Copy

    In Ohio, your points are only counted per two-year period in order to get a suspension on your license. If you are only interested in knowing how many points you have for your last two years of driving, you can avail of a copy of your Two-Year Unofficial Driving Record.

    You can view it or request a copy online via the Ohio BMV website.

    B. Three-Year Driving Record Abstract

    If you would like a more comprehensive list of your driving records, which include accident reports, moving violation convictions, or other reasons for license suspension or disqualification, you can request a Three-Year Driving Record Abstract.

    Ways to request for this type of record are either online through the Ohio BMV website; in person with a nearby Deputy Registrar License Agency (DR); or by filling out a Record Request (which has a $5.00 fee) and sending both through mail.

    C. Complete Driving Record History

If you want a complete history of your driving record, this is what you will need to request. It’s important to note that while license suspension only counts for two years at a time, the points still remain on your record forever.

You can get this by filling out this Record Request (with a $5.00 fee) and sending it together through mail.

Best to Keep Your Record Clean!

Although no one wants to get a violation on their driving record, unfortunately, these things sometimes happen. Keeping your Ohio driving record clean is the best way to keep your driver’s license from getting violation points and a possible suspension.