Ohio BMV begins license suspension for parents behind on child support

| Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Parents now could lose their driver licenses if they do not keep up with their child support payments. In a program coordinated by the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services (ODJFS), licenses of parents who are not current or have not kept up with child support orders will be subject to suspension. This includes all licenses, including commercial driver licenses.

In December 2001, ODJFS began providing information to the BMV regarding potential license suspension. As of Jan. 14, 2002, a total of 260 licenses have been suspended. Eleven of the 260 have been reinstated.

Once the local child support enforcement agency determines that a parent is in default, a notice is mailed to the parent that he/she is subject to license suspension. If the individual fails to comply, the county agency can decide to request a license suspension and that information is forwarded electronically to the BMV.

When the BMV receives notification from the county, a notice of suspension is sent to the driver. The driver's license is invalid immediately upon suspension by the BMV. All inquiries regarding the amount of child support owed by a driver should be addressed to the CSEA that administered his/her case. The BMV only has access to case numbers and where the case originated.

Suspended drivers can make arrangements through their county CSEAs, which administer the order to pay the child support, and have their licenses reinstated. Also, if the suspended driver makes a complete payment, or payment arrangements, the license may be reinstated. ODJFS must notify the BMV before a clearance letter is sent to the suspended driver. There is a $25 reinstatement fee through the BMV.

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