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Ohio BMV Point Schedule. The number of points each traffic ticket carries depends on the violation's severity. Below you'll find a list of common violations and their corresponding point values. For the full point schedule, check out the OH Bureau of Motor Vehicles' point codes. Ohio Traffic Violations and BMV Points. Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle maintains a permanent record of ones driving record of traffic violations, accidents, and suspensions. If you receive 12 points on your drivers license within a 2 year period, your license will be suspended for a period of 6 months.

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Long after the Cleveland Cavaliers walked away as 2016 NBA Finals champions, the roar and pride of rejoicing Ohioans lingers in the air. Similarly, traffic tickets can linger, long after you've paid the required fines, in the form of points on your driving record.

We'll teach you the basics of the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles' (BMV) point system and inform you of the effects points have on your driving privileges.

Points & Your OH Driver's License

If you're used to driving yourself to work, school, or even just the grocery store, having enough points on your record can throw a big wrench into your daily commute.

If you accumulate 12 points or more in 2 years, the Ohio BMV will suspend your driver's license for 6 months.

You'll automaticallylose your driving privileges (in addition to receiving points on your record) if you're convicted of OVI.

Take a look at our license suspension guide for tips on how to reinstate your OH driver's license.

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Ohio BMV Point Schedule

The number of points each traffic ticket carries depends on the violation's severity. Below you'll find a list of common violations and their corresponding point values.

For the full point schedule, check out the OH Bureau of Motor Vehicles' point codes.

  • Speeding over the limit by:
    • Over 10 MPH when the posted limit is 55 MPH or more: 2 points.
    • Over 5 MPH when the posted limit is less than 55 MPH: 2 points.
    • 30 MPH or more: 4 points.
  • Driving a car without the owner's consent: 6 points.
  • Driving with a suspended license: 6 points.
  • Evading the police: 6 points.
  • Killing OR injuring another person with your vehicle: 6 points.

NOTE: If you have an Ohio commercial driver's license (CDL), you could face higher point penalties AND immediate license suspension for certain traffic tickets. Read our CDL suspension page for more.

Clean Up Your OH Driving Record

The best way to maintain your driving privileges is to keep a clean driving record.

You have the option of taking a remedial driving course for a credit of 2 points as long as you have AT LEAST 2 points BUT FEWER than 12 points on your Ohio driving record.

This point credit doesn't remove points from your record, but rather acts as a cushion against future point accumulations.

FOR EXAMPLE: If, for instance, you get a ticket for a violation carrying 6 points, the remedial driving course credit will give you 2 points back, so only 4 points are added to your record.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles allows you to take this course for point credits every 3 years. You can use the remedial driving course for a point credit a maximum of 5 times.

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Ohio Traffic Ticket Fines and Costs

Traffic ticket fines are not uniform throughout Ohio. This means a fine for disobeying a yield sign in Dayton will not be the same in Ashtabula. If you have questions regarding the ticket's fine amount, contact the court listed on your citation. If you've misplaced the citation, learn what steps to take in our Lost Traffic Ticket page.

Pay Ticket
(Plead Guilty or No Contest)

  • Pay the fine
  • Option to plea bargain penalties
  • Incur points on your driving record (could lead to license suspension/revocation)
  • Possibly incur increase on auto insurance rates
  • Possibly have points reduced by attending a remedial driving school

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Fight Ticket
(Plead Not Guilty)

  • Contest traffic ticket via trial
  • Choose to represent yourself or hire an attorney
  • Possibly lose option to plea bargain for lesser penalties
  • No penalties if found not guilty, but must pay court/attorney fees
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Auto Insurance Rate

Depending on the policies of your car insurance provider, increased rates may follow the appearance of a traffic violation on your driving record. Compare auto insurance rates online if you're in the market for a more affordable policy.

Ohio Traffic Ticket Penalties

In addition to traffic ticket fines, you'll also incur penalties, which are uniform throughout Ohio. Points and possible loss of driving privileges are the two most common penalties. The nature of the traffic violation, driving record history and license type (CDL, instruction permit, etc) all factor into determining the extent of the penalties.

Ohio Point System

Ohio Driver's License Points

Every time you're convicted of a traffic violation, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) assigns points to your driving record. The more severe the infraction, the higher the point total. You can learn more about point assignments on our Ohio Points page.

Points

The BMV closely monitors point totals:

  • Sending out warning letters to drivers with 6 points or more within a period of 2 years.
  • Suspending Ohio driver licenses with 12 points or more within 2 years.

OH Driver's License Suspension and Revocation

Suspension and revocation are the most common terms associated with loss of driving privileges.

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Suspended License―The temporary loss of your Ohio driver's license for a specified period of time. Driving privileges are returned once all reinstatement requirements are satisfied.
Revoked License―The cancellation of your Ohio driver's license for an extended period of time. Once the revocation period has ended, you must reapply for a new driver's license.

Some of the ways your OH driver's license could be suspended or revoked include:

  • Accumulating 12 points or more within 2 years
  • Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs
  • Driving without car insurance
  • Refusing a blood-alcohol test

Consult our Ohio Suspended License page for a full list of suspension reasons.

Penalties for Drivers Younger Than 21

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In addition to the violations described above, if you are under 21 years old you could lose your driving privileges if you cited for driving a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Penalties for Ohio Commercial Drivers

Remember to notify your employer within 30 days of a traffic violation conviction (excluding parking violations). For violations that occur out of the state jurisdiction you must report violations to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles within 30 days.

Ohio Driver's License Point System

Major Offenses

You will lose your Ohio CDL for 1 year if convicted of any of the following offenses (3 years for a CMV placarded for hazardous materials):

  • Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a BAC of 0.04%
  • Refusing to submit to a sobriety test
  • Leaving the scene of an accident
  • Using the vehicle to commit a felony
  • Driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) with a suspended, revoked or canceled CDL
  • Causing a fatality through negligent driving

Serious Offenses

These violations include:

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  • Reckless driving
  • Improper lane changes
  • Following a vehicle too closely
  • Driving a CMV without holding a CDL
  • Driving a CMV without having your CDL in your possession
  • Driving a CMV without the proper CDL endorsement
  • Violating a state law of texting while driving

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For more information about suspended licenses please refer to our CDL Suspended License page.