Ohio SR22 Insurance & Filing Information
SR22 insurance is a liability insurance that many states require of drunk drivers. Ohio does require SR22 insurance in some instances, but not after an OVI.
If your Ohio driver's license has been suspended for an OVI, you will need to prove that you have liability insurance, but you do not need to file an SR22, so you don't need to buy SR22 insurance.
However, if you get an OVI in Ohio, and you then move to a state that does require SR22 insurance, you may then need to carry it in that state. Similarly, if you live in another state, and get an OVI in Ohio, your home state may require SR22 insurance.
How to Get Your Ohio Driver's License Back
To get your Ohio driver's license reinstated after an OVI or refusal to test suspension, you need to:
- Show proof of a policy for liability insurance
- Pay a $475 reinstatement fee
The BMV recommends that you mail your required documents and fees 20 days before the end of your suspension.
Ohio Ignition Interlock Law
If this is your first or second offense, the court may order you to install an ignition interlock device (IID) in your vehicle(s) if you apply for an occupational license. If this is your third or subsequent offense, the court will order you to install an IID in your vehicle(s) if you apply for an occupational license.
The court may also order any OVI offender to install an IID as a condition of probation.
Ohio Occupational License (Limited Driving Privileges)
You can petition the court for limited driving privileges after serving part of your suspension. If granted, limited driving privileges would allow you to drive to and from work, educational commitments, medical appointments, and possibly other important reasons.
For More Information:
Still have questions? You can contact the Ohio BMV Driver License Information Center directly by calling 614-752-7600. You can also use their online contact form.
Additional Ohio DUI Resources
Ohio DUI First Offense - Detailed first offense information including punishments after a first offense DUI in Ohio.
Ohio DUI Laws - Complete overview of Ohio DUI laws including all offense levels.
Ohio DUI Lawyers - Contact one of our Ohio DUI lawyers today to discuss your pending DUI case.
Ohio Alcohol & Drug Education Programs - We offer a complete listing of Ohio's approved alcohol education programs.