Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have been paying more attention than usual to our physical health over these past few weeks which is incredibly important. However, while we’re at home, it is also important to do a quick check-up on our legal health. Equality Ohio Legal Clinic is invested in both the physical and legal health of our community, so we are putting together a series of videos that may serve as a legal-health check-up for you, or a loved one.
In this first legal health check-up video, our northeast Ohio legal clinic attorney, Kate Mozynski, teaches you how to check online to see if your driver’s license is in good standing, and if your license has been suspended, how to go about finding out what the reinstatement requirements are.
Many people are unaware that a driver’s license can be suspended due to unpaid child support or unpaid court fees. One of the easiest ways to check and see if there are any warrant blocks or court blocks on your driver’s license is to go online to the Ohio BMV website. Once there, you can pull up your BMV driving record for the past two years. Although it is considered an unofficial record, it is generally very accurate. You will need to provide the following information in order to look up your driving record on the site: last name, date of birth, driver’s license or ID number, and social security number. If you do not know or are unable to locate your driver’s license or ID number you can use your full name, date of birth, and the last four digits of your social security number to access this information. Once you provide your information, you should be able to locate yourself in the system and see if there are any warrant blocks on your license and where these warrant blocks are originating from, as well as what fees you need to pay in order to reinstate your driving privileges.
If you already know that your license has been suspended, you can simply click the box that says ‘reinstatement fees’ on the webpage. Once you enter your information, the system will inform you of what fees, if any, you can pay to reinstate your driver’s license.
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