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Administrative License Suspension and Driving Privileges

Your driver’s license can be suspended in two ways. This will be done by the BMV itself or by the court. They have different lengths. Definite periods of suspension can be found in the Ohio Revised Code Section 4510.02:

(A) When a court elects or is required to suspend the driver's license, commercial driver's license, temporary instruction permit, probationary license, or nonresident operating privilege of any offender from a specified suspension class, for each of the following suspension classes, the court shall impose a definite period of suspension from the range specified for the suspension class:

  1. (1)For a class one suspension, a definite period for the life of the person subject to the suspension;
  2. (2) For a class two suspension, a definite period of three years to life;
  3. (3) For a class three suspension, a definite period of two to ten years;
  4. (4) For a class four suspension, a definite period of one to five years;
  5. (5) For a class five suspension, a definite period of six months to three years;
  6. (6) For a class six suspension, a definite period of three months to two years;
  7. (7) For a class seven suspension, a definite period not to exceed one year.

(B) When the bureau of motor vehicles elects or is required to suspend the driver's license, commercial driver's license, temporary instruction permit, probationary license, or nonresident operating privilege of any person from a specified suspension class, for each of the following suspension classes, the period of suspension shall be as follows:

  1. (1) For a class A suspension, three years;
  2. (2) For a class B suspension, two years;
  3. (3) For a class C suspension, one year;
  4. (4) For a class D suspension, six months;
  5. (5) For a class E suspension, three months;
  6. (6) For a class F suspension, until conditions are met.

(C) The court may require a person to successfully complete a remedial driving course as a condition for the return of full driving privileges after a suspension period imposed from any range in division (A) of this section or otherwise imposed by the court pursuant to any other provision of law ends.

(D) When a court or the bureau suspends the driver's license, commercial driver's license, temporary instruction permit, probationary license, or nonresident operating privilege of any offender or person pursuant to any provision of law that does not provide for the suspension to be from a class set forth in division (A) or (B) of this section, except as otherwise provided in the provision that authorizes or requires the suspension, the suspension shall be subject to and governed by this chapter.

Good tips when dealing with a driver’s license suspension:

What You Should Know About License Suspensions

There are myriad reasons your license is suspended:

Noncompliance

Too many points on your license

FRA

Driving without insurance

DUI/OVI

DUI/OVI charges with an administrative license suspension

Accident

You were in an accident

The first step is to determine the reason your license is suspended, and that will determine the legal path we will need to follow. No matter why your license is suspended, seeking legal counsel can get the problem resolved faster than fighting this on your own. You probably need to get back to work or you have kids’ activities to get to, and not having a license is a hindrance. It’s important that you remember that driving with a suspended license could get you into even more trouble.

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