How do I find out if the ODOT wants their pound of flesh?
February 18, 2013 1:01 PM Subscribe
I have a car registered in IL, but I've lived in OH for 2 years now. How do I find out if there are any outstanding tickets on my plates?
posted by Tehhund to Law & Government (6 answers total)
About 2 years ago I left Illinois and moved to Ohio. Through an incredible act of laziness, and because my address will definitely change again sometime in the next year, I haven't bothered to register my car in Ohio. I will get around to it once I have a permanent residence.
It recently occurred to me that if I have received any tickets from red light cameras or similar automated traffic enforcement, they have no way of getting those tickets to me so I can pay them. Presumably Ohio would send the tickets to the address on file with the Illinois Department of Transportation, which is my old address back in Illinois. But I'm pretty sure my mail forwarding from that address has expired.
It's not a huge deal, but this is made me slightly paranoid that I may have outstanding on paid tickets which according to other AskMes can become real problems if they are outstanding for too long, so I would like to check whether there are any tickets out for my license plates. How would I find that out? Is there someone I can call or a website I can use for you either the Ohio or Illinois Department of Transportation? I'd rather not just cold-call ODOT or IDOT unless that's clearly the right way (and the only way) to do this - you know how those kinds of calls can result in hours lost and no answer.