Driver's License Suspension

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General Information

If your Ohio driver’s license is currently under suspension there are steps that you can take to become valid or alternatively be granted driving privileges while under suspension. You must be a Crawford County resident to file for driving privileges in the Crawford County Municipal Court. The following are common suspensions and the steps you must take to become valid or be granted driving privileges. If you have multiple suspensions you will have to follow the steps for each kind of suspension to become valid or be eligible for driving privileges. The cost to file a Civil petition for driving privileges is $50.00 by cash or money order payable to Crawford County Municipal Court.

FRA/Non-Compliance (driving without insurance)

Every driver and/or owner of a motor vehicle is required by the Ohio BMV to have in effect at all times valid insurance coverage (also referred to as financial responsibility). Any driver, and/or owner of a motor vehicle, who fails to provide proof of insurance coverage will lose his/her driving and registration privileges for a maximum of two (2) years. The Ohio BMV requires you to provide proof of insurance coverage when any of the following occurs: when you are involved in a crash, when you receive any traffic ticket, or when you are randomly selected by the BMV.

If this is your 1st non-compliance offense, you must pay the BMV your reinstatement fee in full, and provide proof that you have obtained a SR22 or bond insurance coverage. You do not need to apply for limited privileges, because you will be in compliance after meeting these requirements with the BMV.

If this is your 2nd non-compliance offense, you will be placed on a 1 year license suspension. You are eligible for limited driving privileges after 15 days following the start of the suspension period, and you may apply for these privileges through the Court that has jurisdiction over where you live.

If this is your 3rd or more non-compliance offense, you will be placed on a 2 year license suspension. You are eligible for limited driving privileges after 30 days following the start of the suspension period. You may apply for these privileges through the Court that has jurisdiction over where you live.

Before applying for limited driving privileges, you must also meet the following requirements:

  1. You must pay the BMV reinstatement fee in full: OR you must be placed on a payment plan for your BMV reinstatement fee through the Court that has jurisdiction over where you live.
  2. You must file with the BMV proof of financial responsibility (FR) insurance coverage, which is also called a SR22 or bond insurance with the BMV.

12 Point Suspension

When you have accumulated twelve (12) or more points against your Ohio driver’s license within a two year (2) period, the Ohio BMV is required to send you a notice at your last known address imposing a “Twelve (12) Point Suspension” of your license. The suspension is a class D suspension, which lasts for a period of six (6) months, effective the 20th day after the mailing of the notice.

During the twelve point suspension period, the State of Ohio allows you to petition for limited driving privileges through the Court that has jurisdiction over where you live. Before applying for limited driving privileges, you must also meet the following requirements:

  1. You must complete a one-day 8 hour remedial driving class. The class must be taken after the conviction date in which caused you to reach the 12 points.
  2. You must file with the BMV proof of financial responsibility (FR) insurance coverage, which is also called a SR22 or bond insurance.
  3. You must pay a $40.00 fee to the BMV before you are eligible to re-take your written and driving exams.
  4. You must re-take and pass the written and driving license exams through the BMV.

Reinstatement Fee Plan

There are two (2) payment plans available for the BMV reinstatement fee:

  1. BMV Reinstatement Fee Payment Plan
  2. Court Ordered Payment Plan
    If you qualify for the BMV Plan, you do NOT want the Court Ordered Plan. The only reasons to be place on the Court Ordered Plan - you are under suspension and you want driving privileges.

Other Types of Suspensions

The following are common suspensions that the Crawford County Municipal Court cannot grant privileges.

License Suspension
If there has been a forfeiture placed on your driver’s license, you will need to pay your fines and costs in full with the court that you owe fines and costs. If fines and costs are owed in Crawford County Municipal Court the court will issue a release of forfeiture after all fines and costs are paid in full.
Failure to Reinstate Suspension
Failure to reinstate means that you owe the BMV reinstatement fees. Your license will not be reinstated until all BMV requirements are meet. You may be able to be placed on a reinstatement fee plan with the BMV.
Child Support Suspension
A child support enforcement agency can order a license suspension for failure to pay child support order or failure to answer to a warrant or subpoena for child support issues. This suspension is indefinite and will stand until all requirements are met. You may petition the court that has jurisdiction for driving privileges.
Judgment Suspension
Judgment(s) from a lawsuit(s) due to property damage or personal injury resulting from the use, care or maintenance of a motor vehicle may be sent to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) for suspension action. This suspension is indefinite and will stand until all requirements are met.

Driver's License Suspension Forms

12 Point Suspension Download
Application for Reinstatement Fee Payment Plan and Driving Privileges Download
Petition For Limited Driving Privileges During BMV FRA Suspension Download