Suspension of an Ohio Driver's License is an enforcement tool designed to bring those obligors who are in legal default on their child support orders back into compliance.
The program works as follows: Prior to license suspension, the agency will send out a Default Notice to obligors who are more than 30 days in arrears on their payments. This notice will alert them to the potential for a driver's license suspension or any of the other enforcement techniques authorized by Ohio law. The obligor may request a due process hearing (a Mistake of Fact hearing) within seven business days from the date the Notice of Default is issued.
Before the CSEA can notify the BMV to suspend a license, the person ordered to pay support must have failed to pay at least 50 percent of their total monthly support obligation for a period of 90 consecutive days. Tax intercept payments do not count toward the 50 percent requirement. If the case qualifies, the CSEA will mail a notice of its intent to suspend the driver's license to the last known address of the non-custodial parent. If the obligor fails to contact the agency in response to the notice, the license can be suspended.
The actual suspension of an Ohio driver's license is accomplished through an automatic interface between the SETS computer system and the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles. Once the CSEA support officer "keys in" the suspension, the BMV will:
- Suspend any license currently held by the obligor.
- Refuse to renew or issue any driver's license to the obligor.
- Refuse to reinstate any license until notified by the CSEA.
- Refuse to issue or renew a State of Ohio Identification Card.
Obligors whose driver's licenses have been suspended by the CSEA can have their license reinstated when one of the following events occurs:
- The obligor is no longer in default.
- Pay the arrears balance in full; if this is not possible,
- Present evidence of employment or an account at a financial institution so a withholding order may be issued. The CSEA must be able to confirm the employment or the account is valid; if these options are not possible then,
- Present evidence acceptable to the CSEA that you are unable to work due to circumstances beyond your control; if these options are not possible then,
- Comply with a seek work program as established by a court or a family support program administered or approved by the CSEA; if this is not possible then,
- Pay the full balance of the total monthly obligation due for the 90-day period prior to the date the agency sent the pre-suspension notice.
If an obligor meets one of these reinstatement criteria, the CSEA will reinstate the driver's license. Obligors can then visit the BMV to complete their driver's licenses reinstatement process. The BMV charges a $25.00 fee for reinstating the driver's license at the regional service center office located at 1583 Alum Creek Drive in Columbus. Reinstatement at a deputy registrar's office is now also possible upon payment of an additional $10.00 service fee.