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Drivers in the buckeye state who fail to provide proper car insurance can receive multiple fines, and even a suspension on their driver’s license.
In the state of Ohio, it is illegal to drive any motor vehicle without proof of insurance or financial responsibility. The driver must maintain proof of continuous insurance throughout the registration period. The penalties for driving without car insurance in Ohio include suspension of driving privileges, fines and getting your vehicle towed. In addition, you are responsible for paying towing and storage fees if your car is towed. Other penalties for driving uninsured in the state of Ohio are:
According to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Ohio’s car insurance laws require all drivers to present proof of liability insurance when they register their vehicle. Ohio vehicle owners with cars registered in their name must be able to certify that they have insurance and that it meets state minimum requirements for:
Ohio DUI laws state that drivers with a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or more are considered to be driving under the influence. Ohio law enforcement primarily use the term OVI (operating a vehicle under the influence) which is the same as a DUI in other states. Ohio DUI laws also prohibit driving under the influence of controlled substances such as marijuana, cocaine or inhalants. If you are pulled over for drunk driving in Ohio and refuse to take a chemical test, you will be subject to a fine of $250-$1,000 and automatic license suspension for a first offense for up to one year. You could also receive a minimum of three days in jail and pay a reinstatement fee of $450.
The state of Ohio currently does not have a full ban on cell phone use for all drivers. However, novice drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from using a cell phone in any manner (talking, texting, playing games, etc.) while driving. Violators can be fined $150 and have their license suspended for 60 days for a first offense. Penalties for multiple offenses include a $300 fine and license suspension for one year. Ohio also has a texting while driving ban for all drivers. It is a minor misdemeanor and violators could face a fine up to $150.
Ohio SR-22 insurance documents are required for drivers who have been convicted of driving without auto insurance. An SR-22 form may need to be filed for three years with the DMV, showing proof of financial responsibility. This filing is usually required after the suspension of your driving privileges has been lifted. Your insurer can electronically file SR-22 insurance documents to the state of Ohio for drivers that are required to keep and show valid auto liability insurance.
More information on additional costs and frequently asked questions for purchasing a new policy can be found on our commonly asked questions page.