How Can I Reinstate a Suspended Driver’s License in Ohio?

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Losing your driver’s license can profoundly impact your life, affecting everything from your daily commute to your ability to run simple errands or visit loved ones. With countless Ohioans having their driver’s licenses suspended due to drug and alcohol-related convictions, it’s important to understand that reinstating a suspended license in Ohio may be possible.

The VanNoy Firm, a respected law firm based in Dayton, Ohio, has a wealth of experience in helping clients navigate the complexities of driver’s license reinstatement. We understand that your ability to drive is not just about convenience—it’s about maintaining your livelihood and quality of life. We are happy to offer vital information for those who may be dealing with a suspended license, and we are available for a consultation to discuss your specific case.

The Cause for License Suspension Impacts the Reinstatement Process

The reason for a license suspension in Ohio will have a significant impact on the process and requirements for getting the license reinstated. In Ohio, the suspension of a driver’s license can occur for multiple reasons, with many of the most common suspensions related to drug and alcohol charges. Below are some of the most common reasons for alcohol-related suspensions, as well as the requirements for reinstatement.

First Offense Operating a Vehicle under the Influence (OVI) Suspension occurs when a driver with no previous OVI suspensions in the last ten years is convicted on charges of operating a vehicle while impaired by drugs or alcohol. The reinstatement process involves serving the suspension as determined by the court, paying a reinstatement fee, and providing proof of insurance that covers the length of the suspension.

Administrative License Suspension can be implemented when a driver is suspected of being under the influence and either tests over the legal limit or refuses sobriety tests. The reinstatement requirements include serving a suspension from 90 days up to five years, paying a reinstatement fee, and providing proof of valid insurance that covers through the end of the suspension.

Habitual Use of Alcohol/Drugs Suspension applies to those with three or more convictions of driving under the influence within a three-year period. To reinstate driving privileges, the individual must complete a treatment/rehabilitation program, maintain sobriety for six months from the date of treatment program completion, and submit a completed Alcohol/Drug Reinstatement form to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).

Help May Be Available for a Suspended License

Losing the right to drive can leave you feeling helpless, and navigating the reinstatement process can be complex and daunting. However, that should not discourage you from exploring your legal options. For example, even if reinstatement is not possible, you may be eligible for limited driving privileges to travel to and from important places such as work or school.

The VanNoy Firm is here to help. Our team of dedicated attorneys will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure you meet all the necessary requirements for reinstatement. Our track record speaks for itself—we’ve helped countless clients regain their driving privileges, and we may be able to help you, too. Contact us today for more information and to discuss your case.



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Anthony S. VanNoy

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