Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law
Get Your Consultation Today

To protect your safety during the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis, we offer telephone and video conferences, in place of face-to-face meetings. Please contact our office today to set up a remote consultation. For more information, read our blog post.

Obtaining Identification After an OVI Arrest

We are frequently asked how a person can show proof of identification following an OVI arrest. The short answer is that use of a passport or other identification cards should be used until a temporary state ID can be obtained.

When someone is arrested for OVI and placed under an administrative license suspension for either refusing a chemical test or testing over the legal limit, their license is seized by law enforcement and destroyed. The accused is often left without any form of identification. In these circumstances, it is wise for defendants to obtain a temporary state identification (ID) card from the Ohio BMV.

Temporary state ID's can be issued to anyone who has an unexpired driver's license and whose license is currently suspended. These ID's are valid only during the length of the suspension. There is a critical difference between temporary ID's and a regular state ID.

A regular ID is valid for four years and, as opposed to a temporary ID, it invalidates a driver's license. Obtaining a regular state ID will require retesting and applying for a driver's license whereas obtaining a temporary state ID only requires a reinstatement fee. Additionally, when a person's driver's license is canceled, he is not be eligible for limited driving privileges. It is very important for suspended drivers to seek a temporary state ID versus a regular one.

Defendants should also keep in mind that it may take the BMV several weeks to process the suspension and update their records. Typically the wait time is 4 - 6 weeks. A defendant is not able to obtain the temporary ID until the BMV records reflect the suspension. Generally, the BMV should send notice through the mail to a defendant regarding reinstating his or her license once it has processed the suspension. The letter will indicate that a $475 reinstatement fee is owed. Speak with your lawyer before paying any money to the BMV as there is a chance you will have a reduced reinstatement cost at the end of your case. You can also check the status of your license online at: https://services.dps.ohio.gov/BMVOnlineServices/undefined

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
  1. Distinguished AV | LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Review Rated For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  2. Super Lawyers
  3. AVVO Rating 10.0 Superb
  4. Super Lawyers Rising Stars
  5. Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  6. Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  7. The National Trial Lawyers | Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  8. The National Trial Lawyers | Top 40 Under 40

Get Your Consultation Today. Call 513-932-2115.

Rittgers & Rittgers answers its phones 24/7. Call us anytime to secure your consultation with one of our award-winning lawyers. You can rely on us for elite representation from our deliberately small, family-run law firm.

Rittgers & Rittgers, Attorneys at Law

Lebanon Office
12 East Warren Street
Lebanon, Ohio 45036

Phone: 513-932-2115
Fax: 513-934-2201
Map & Directions

West Chester Office
9078 Union Centre Blvd.
Suite 350
West Chester, OH 45069

Phone: 513-932-9949
West Chester Law Office

Cincinnati Office
3734 Eastern Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45226

Phone: 513-932-7375
Map & Directions

Florence Office
7310 Turfway Road, Suite 550
Florence, KY 41042

Kentucky Law Office

Oxford Office
121 West High Street
Oxford, OH 45056

Phone: 513-524-5000
Fax: 513-524-5001
Map & Directions

Email Us Today

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Email Us Today