Ohio law requires all license holders to carry insurance on the vehicles they drive-and requires the Clerk's Office to report the status of your insurance when you are cited to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Please check the area on your citation that says "Financial Responsibility Proof Shown." Make sure the "Y" box is checked. If you did not show proof when you were cited or if the officer did not mark "Y" to indicate you showed proof of insurance, please bring in, mail or fax your proof of insurance to the Clerk of Court's Office. Please write your ticket number or court case number on the proof when you send it in. If you do not have access to a fax machine, ask your insurance agent to fax in the proof.
A copy of your insurance card showing that your insurance was in effect on the date you received your citation and the name of your insurance company, or a statement from your insurance company with this information is what you will need to provide as proof that you were insured on the date of your violation.
This proof must be received within three business days after your case is heard. If we do not receive your proof of insurance in this time frame, we will be required to send a "no insurance shown" status to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles-which could result in a license suspension under Ohio law.
It is your responsibility to make sure we receive your proof of insurance showing that you had insurance at the time of your citation. Please call our office immediately to verify that we have received it when mailing or faxing it in, or check your status online on this website through Search Public Records.
Mail proof of insurance to:
- Warren County Clerk of Courts
- 880 Memorial Drive
- Lebanon, OH 45036
You may fax your proof of insurance to: 513-695-2990.
There are certain offenses that may require the Judge to suspend your license. Please see below for the Ohio Driver's License Law Charts for sentencing information.
Ohio Impaired Driving Law
Ohio OVI/Physical Control Misdemeanor Offense Penalties Chart:
- Operation Under the influence of alcohol, drug abuse or both
- Operation With concentration of alcohol (Specified in Chart)
- Operation With concentration of controlled substance (Specified in Chart)
- Operation under the influence of alcohol, drug abuse or both with prior OVI conviction in 20 years, and with current refusal of chemical test or tests
- Operation by person under age 21 with concentration of alcohol (Specified in Chart)
- Having physical control while under the influence of alcohol, drug abuse or both or with concentration of alcohol or controlled substance equal to or greater than (Specified in Chart)
- Administrative license suspensions refusal/failed test
- See Chart
- Operating vehicle under the influence
- Operating vehicle after underage alcohol consumption
- Physical control while under the influence
- See Chart
Ohio Driver's License Law
Ohio Driver's License Offense Penalties:
- Points Formula
- Failure to display license or proof of license
- Driving under 12-point suspension
- Driving under suspension or in violation of license restriction
- Operating motor vehicle or motorcyle without valid license
- See Chart
- Driving under OVI suspension
- Driving under FRA suspension/cancellation/nonpayment judgment
- Failure to reinstate license
- Wrongful entrustment of motor vehicle
- See Chart
Most of the time, the Judge is permitted to grant limited driving privileges. To request driving privileges, please complete and submit to the court the Motion for Limited Driving Privileges Form .
Administrative License Suspensions
An Administrative License Suspension (ALS) is a suspension that is imposed by the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. An individual can appeal the ALS by filing an action through the civil division of the Court. The individual may petition the court for an appeal of the ALS or simply for driving privileges while their case is pending, by using the form Notice of Appeal of ALS; Request for Driving Privileges. The filing fee to appeal an ALS is $ 77.00
If your vehicle was impounded by the police officer, you may be able to retrieve your vehicle from the towage facility. If the offense you are charged with requires a mandatory immobilization period, the Judge will order a vehicle immobilization. This means that your vehicle will have a "club" placed on the steering wheel which prevents the vehicle from being driven. To request to have your vehicle relocated or released from the towage facility, please complete and submit the Request for Vehicle Release and/or Relocation Form.
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle may require you to pay reinstatement fees for certain offenses. Reinstatement fees are a requirement of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles and are payable to the BMV. Here is a link to the BMV's Reinstatement Fees: http://bmv.ohio.gov/driver_license/reinstatement_fees.htm
The Ohio BMV offices closest to our region are located at:
- Cincinnati BMV Office
- Southwest Ohio Regional Service Center
- 10948 Hamilton Ave.
- Cincinnati, OH 45231
- Columbus BMV Office
- Columbus Regional Service Center
- 1583 Alum Creek Drive
- Columbus, OH 43209