19 years ago my kids father put drugs in my purse and I didn't know so I was charged for a several things. I got probation which I completed, I did all the jail time I could do, got a pretty size fine which I haven't been able to pay...now my driver's license where suspended... I've never had a drivers license.....
If your continued New Jersey suspension is based solely upon you not having paid your fines, NO, you're very likely not going to be able to obtain an Ohio drivers license or even a limited privileges license. That is if the court's follow the law.
But if the suspension is tied to some other matter, such as not attending a particular rehabilitation course, or paying the N.J. DMV certain reinstatement fees, then you have the possibility -- not guarantee -- of obtaining an Ohio Drivers license. The Ohio law that might allow this is R.C. 4507.08(D)(5) (http://codes.ohio.gov/orc/4507.08v1)
"(D) No temporary instruction permit or driver's license shall be issued to, or retained by, any of the following persons:
(5) Any person making an application whose driver's license or driving privileges are under cancellation, revocation, or suspension in the jurisdiction where issued or any other jurisdiction, until the expiration of one year after the license was canceled or revoked or until the period of suspension ends. **Any person whose application is denied under this division may file a petition in the municipal court or county court in whose jurisdiction the person resides agreeing to pay the cost of the proceedings and alleging that the conduct involved in the offense that resulted in suspension, cancellation, or revocation in the foreign jurisdiction would not have resulted in a suspension, cancellation, or revocation had the offense occurred in this state. If the petition is granted, the petitioner shall notify the registrar by a certified copy of the court's findings and a license shall not be denied under this division."**
As usual, Mr. Gardner has laid out the possibilities. You cannot get a valid Ohio license if you are not valid in another state except for certain circumstances. Contact the BMV in NJ to determine why your license is still suspended. Once you have that answer, you can take the appropriate steps to either clear it up or apply in Ohio.
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Unfortunately, you will not be able to get an Ohio drivers license until you take care of your situation in New Jersey. Contact a New Jersey attorney to see what you have to do to take care of this. You may have other options.
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