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How can I find out how many points are on my Ohio driver's license?


You can find out you points total on your Ohio Driver's License by contacting the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) and obtaining a copy of your driving record/abstract. A driver license abstract contains an individual's three-year record of violations and accidents.

According to the BMV site, an OH driver can acquire their driving record by mail or in person.

By mail one may obtain a prior 3-year driving record of violations and accidents regarding any person. It is necessary to submit the full name, address, date of birth, social security number, and driver license number along with other information requested on form BMV 1173, a Record Request.

There is a fee of $2.00 for each driving record request made by mail. It normally takes 14-21 days to process the requests by the BMV.

You also may obtain your driver's abstract by visiting a local deputy registrar license agency. There is a fee of $5.50 for each driving record request made in this manner.

In OH Deputy Registrars have the ability to issue copies of driving records (driver license abstracts) at branch license agency offices throughout the state. Driving records may only be obtained by qualified individuals. License agency customers may purchase driving records for themselves; for others, upon written consent; and for other individuals who qualify to receive driving record information.

Form BMV 5713 (Driver Abstract Request) must be completed in order to receive a driver license record in person. This form can be obtained at any local deputy registrar license agency location.

Some have asked why an Ohio driver cannot call and obtain their points total over the phone with the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. The BMV answers that under section 4509.06 of the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) when reporting a record of convictions to a person that the registrar shall collect a fee of two dollars ($2) for each abstract. Since points accessed are part of your driving record of conviction (abstract), the fee must be collected by the state before the points information is released.

As you can tell by the above information that the BMV receives a higher fee if you request your abstract in person instead of through the mail. You would need to discuss with the BMV why this is.


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2 Responses to "How can I find out how many points are on my Ohio driver's license?"
  1. Anonymous

    The cost has gone up for obtaining your driving record...it is now 8.50 no matter what method you use to obtain it.

  2. Anonymous

    This explains how to obtain an abstract for Ohio BMV points.