Restore your freedom to drive quickly, easily, and legally

Ohio has two processes for OVI, one is administrative (licensing action taken by the BMV) and one is judicial.

Administrative:  If you fail a breath test requested by an officer when you are arrested for OVI,  or if you refuse to take one your license will be confiscated by the officer and your suspension will begin immediately.  Suspensions last from 90 days to 5 years depending on any prior OVI arrests or convictions.

Judicial:  The court can impose a suspension on your license either pre trial or after conviction.  Fines and jail time may also be required.   For a complete listing of all Ohio OVI information, this chart from the Garfield Heights Municipal Court is comprehensive.

Get your license back in Ohio after an OVI

An interlock license may help you reduce or avoid a license suspension. Find out more below.

How do I get an interlock license?


  • If you have been convicted of a drunk driving offense you may need an interlock license from the Ohio BMV. Check with your probation officer for specific requirements.

  • If you quality, Call LifeSafer Ignition Interlock at 800-634-3077 to schedule your ignition interlock installation. Ask about discounts and special offers. Make sure you bring this form to your appointment.

  • In addition to an interlock, you may need to complete the following: Driver Intervention Program, Alcohol Screenings and proof of financial responsibility (also known as an SR-22 insurance rider). Your insurance company can help you with this.

  • Pay all fees and fines, including a license reinstatement fee.