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Posted on: August 31, 2018

New registry helps people alert law enforcement to communication disabilities

A new state law allows individuals with a communication disability and their parents or guardians to register themselves and their vehicle(s) in a voluntary state database to alert law enforcement officers of their disability.

This database connects to the Law Enforcement Agency Data System (LEADS), which is used by officers to run a person's license plate, Driver License and/or Identification Card during a traffic stop.  This data would alert law enforcement officers that the individual in question has a communication disability.

Those wishing to register must complete a Communication Disability Verification Form (see link below), part of which must be signed by a physician, psychiatrist or psychologist.  The form is available via the following link:  http://ood.ohio.gov/Portals/0/COMMUNICATION%20DISABILITY%20VERIFICATION%20FORM%208-2-18-FINAL.pdf.  Completed forms may be returned in one three ways:

  • Sent via U.S. Mail to the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Attention: Remittance/DPU, P.O. Box 16521, Columbus, OH 43216-6521
  • Via email to VIS-Administration@dps.ohio.gov
  • Delivered to any Deputy Registrar/Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles office

There is no cost associated with this service.  Forms require 15 days for processing.

The law specifies that information in the communication disability database is not a public record, and will not be searchable by members of the public.

Once registered, an individual can opt out of the database at any time, but must do so using the same form and process, filling out sections A and B only.

For additional information about the law or process, citizens can visit www.ood.ohio.gov/Information/Communication-Disability-Law-FAQ or call Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities at 614-438-1203 or 1-800-282-4536.  

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