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Rule 4501:1-1-01 | Examination of license holders competency.


The registrar of motor vehicles, upon determination that any person has twelve or more points charged against him or her under section 4510.037 of the Revised Code, and is not subject to the provisions of section 4510.038 of the Revised Code, or, having good cause to believe that the holder of a driver's or commercial driver's license is incompetent or otherwise not qualified to be licensed, shall upon written notice of at least five days, sent by mail in accordance with rule 4501:1-10-01 of the Administrative Code to the licensee's last known address, require him or her to submit to a physical exam or to a driver's license examination or a commercial driver's license examination, if appropriate, or both. Good cause shall be established by a report of a peace officer; by a report of a court; by information from a physician, a nurse, a relative of the licensee, or a friend of the licensee; or by a court order. The report of the peace officer shall be approved by the chief of police, sheriff, or the designee of either unless the peace officer is a member of the Ohio state highway patrol. The report or information shall be based on the personal observation of the licensee by the reporter and shall include the details of the incident giving rise to it. The report shall include a request that the licensee be reexamined in the interest of public safety based on the professional judgment of the reporter. A report or an order from a court shall be signed by the judge or his designee. In no case shall a report be accepted if it appears that the sole basis is the age of the licensee. Information received from a nurse, a relative of the licensee, or a friend of the licensee shall not be accepted unless it is corroborated in essential details by an investigation performed by the bureau of motor vehicles. No information shall be received anonymously. A court order ordering a reexamination shall be accepted without further information.

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4501.02, 4507.01
Amplifies: 4507.20
Five Year Review Date: 1/10/2022
Prior Effective Dates: 2/8/1968, 12/27/1989 (Emer.), 6/4/1990, 4/20/1996, 4/23/2006, 8/13/2007