Monday, September 8, 2008

Ohio and the OH Department of Public Safety launch Next of Kin Registry

I just got an e-mail from Equality Ohio. Ohio is now offering next-of kin registration in case of emergency. It's one of the first states to do so. "Partner" is one of the options available!!

From the BMV web site:
Any holder of a valid Ohio driver license, commercial driver license, temporary permit or identification card will now have the option of providing the name and information of a contact person they wish to be notified in the event the individual is involved in a crash or emergency and is otherwise unable to communicate with the contact person... Ohioans can now provide next of kin information for up to two contacts online or through any BMV deputy registrar.... This secure database will only be accessible to BMV employees and law enforcement officials.

From Equality Ohio's e-mail:
This is a wonderful opportunity for people in relationships that aren't currently recognized by the state of Ohio. Given the issues around emergency decision-making, access, etc. – this could be a really great thing for our community - particularly if the individual, when listing the name of the person to notify, includes “–Legal POA” at the end of the name. Obviously there are no guarantees on how the first responders will use the information, however, it puts us one step closer to being able to notify the ones we love in emergency situations.

If you would like to thank the Bureau of Motor Vehicles send your message via e-mail to mrankin@dps.state.oh.us or through the regular mail to

Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Mike Rankin, Registrar
P.O. Box 16520
Columbus, OH 43216-6520

Awesome!

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