The Ohio BMV assesses points on your drivers license when you are convicted or found guilty of a moving violation. Non-moving violations do not invoke the points system.
Following is a simple list of how points are assessed:
- Speeding – 0 to 4 points
- Vehicular Assault / Homicide – 6 points
- Fleeing / Eluding – 6 points
- Street Racing – 6 points
- Driving Under Suspension – 6 points
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI) – 6 points
- Underage OVI – 4 points
- Operating vehicle without owners consent – 6 points
- Any felony where a vehicle is used – 6 points
- Reckless Operation – 4 points
- Other moving violations – 2 points
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles keeps records of points on drivers licenses. Once 6 points are accumulated, the BMV sends a warning letter notifying you of an impending license suspension if more points are accumulated. If you receive 12 points within a 2 year period, the BMV sends another letter notify you that your license is suspended for 6 months. This license suspension begins 20 days after the mailing of this final letter from the BMV.
If you are at risk of losing your license due to points, you may be able to take a remedial driving course to earn a 2 point credit with the BMV. Upon completion of an approved course, and notification to the BMV, you are credited 2 points. This is limited, however, to once every 3 years, with a maximum of 5 in a lifetime.