Did you know that you can add emergency contacts to your Bureau of Motor Vehicles (“BMV”) record? You can. The Ohio BMV has a Next of Kin/Emergency Contact Enrollment form (BMV 2437) that can be completed online or mailed to Columbus.
If you are in a car accident or some other emergency, the authorities will know who to call because your contact information is stored in a secure database accessible only by the Ohio BMV and law enforcement. You provide the name, address and phone numbers of up to two emergency contacts, and the BMV adds the contact information to your Ohio driver license or identification card record. In an emergency, the authorities can access this information and notify your emergency contact(s).
There is no charge for enrollment, and the emergency contact information can be removed or changed at any time. To complete the BMV’s enrollment form, visit the BMV website at http://bmv.ohio.gov/dl-other-next-kin.aspx.
If your child has an Ohio ID card, you can also complete an enrollment form for your child. Minors under age 18 must have a parent or legal guardian as their primary contact.
We encourage clients to complete the enrollment form even if they have “In Case of Emergency (ICE)” on their cell phones. Since many cell phones are password protected (another thing we urge clients to do for security purposes), authorities may not be able to access your emergency contact information from your cell phone.