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YES! At this time, there are no overall restrictions on access to Ohio's Rest Areas. Please visit the ODOT Rest Areas page for more details.

Don't worry, we know change can be difficult; but it also brings new opportunity... 

ODOT's site has been completely redesigned and reimagined to not be so bound by district and divisional silos. It's now based more on intuitive global pathways around the processes and concepts that define our department. We've still got a good amount of content to migrate and evolve over into our new structure, but we're committed and working hard to populate the new site in a logical and useful fashion. 

In the meantime, there will be contextual bridge links from the new site back into legacy material in our previous site. This is necessary to make sure we keep everything current and available, but please try searching and looking in the new system.

Try exploring our About UsTravelingProjects, Programs,  and Business gateways to see what's covered in each new branch of our current structure.

If you're used to visiting our site as a contractor, consultant, partner and/or other stakeholder, our Doing Business area is the place for you. Check out the new Publications library. This resource will grow to replace and eclipse the old site's Document and Construction Reference Resource Centers.

Location Pin IconAs a Traveler or someone who's interested in Projects, we now have location-based information which tailors your results based on where you are at (or want to go). Click the Location Pin Icon to auto-locate, or chose a county, city, town or zip code of interest to you if you want to bounce around to other regions of the state.

search iconPlease don't forget to try our search in the upper right corner of every page, and we've also got a thorough Sitemap, too!

Thanks in advance for your interest, trust, patience, and understanding as we grow and evolve!

Ohio BMVIn Ohio, vehicle and driver's license issues are handled by the Ohio Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Motor Vehicles. 

Links to BMV information: BMV Home Page | OPLATES Ohio BMV's Official Online Renewal Site | Listing of BMV Locations | Obtaining or renewing a Drivers License or ID | Commercial Drivers License (CDL) | Motor Vehicle Registration  | Title Information

Please contact the BMV Registrar directly with other related questions or for more information not covered in their Web site.

Truck SignIssues regarding commercial motor carrier vehicles, DOT and ICC registration numbers, safety issues, and hazardous materials, are administered at a state level by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO)'s Transportation Department and at the federal level by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) division of the U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT).  Please consult the PUCO and FMCSA links for more information and assistance with motor carrier/trucking related matters.

Medical Waiver info:  Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles' CDL page section on CDL Medical Self-Certification | PUCO's Medical Exam and Medical Waiver Page | FMCSA's Resources for Drivers Page.


Please use the Report a Roadway Defect or Damage Incident and Court of Claims Information Page if you want to report a pothole or other roadway problem and/or have had damage to your vehicle on a 'State System' roadway (please see the definition of 'State System' roadway in the listing above).


Truck PermitsODOT's Special Hauling Permits Section: (614) 351-2300
Details, regulations and links for Special Hauling Permits for Overweight, Oversized Vehicles and Loads.
For common questions regarding special hauling permits topics, visit the Special Hauling Permits' FAQs Page


To Report bike and motorcycle traffic signal detection and roadway condition issues:Use the feedback form below; or send an email to bike.report@dot.ohio.gov or call (614) 387-0722

Motorcycle Ohio: operated by the Ohio BMV, is the premier motorcycle safety and education program in the state

Visit ODOT's Bicycling & Pedestrians area under our Traveling for more information and links related to bicycle and pedestrian paths and safety. .

Safety SignODOT emphasizes a focus on safety in the workplace, on the construction site, and with the traveling public to assure ZERO tolerance for any safety hazard. The department appreciates your help in identifying and reporting unsafe locations and situations. 

Please call 911 immediately to report any and all pressing emergency situations and life-threatening hazards directly to emergency services.

To bring other safety issues to ODOT's attention, please use the  Report a Roadway Defect or Damage Incident Form. Thank you for your help in making Ohio's transportation system safer!


State System HighwaysODOT is involved in the planning, building and maintenance of the transportation infrastructure within the state of Ohio.  One of ODOT's main responsibilities is the 'State System' of roads, which include State, U.S. and Interstate Routes.  While the state system represents a considerable number of roadway miles throughout the state, local roads (county, township, city streets, etc.) -- and certain responsibilities on some state system roadways -- are handled by local county, township and municipal authorities.

ODOT's 12 district offices are familiar with local jurisdictional boundaries and are a good source for clarification and contact information as to the appropriate local ODOT garage or other local agency with authority over specific locations. Visit ODOT Districts for more information.


Ohio TurnpikeThe Ohio Turnpike (variously I-76, I-80 and I-80/I-90) is a toll road and is operated and maintained by the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission -- an agency that is separate and independent of ODOT.

Ohio Turnpike Links:   Turnpike Home Page | Fare Schedule | Turnpike Construction | Comments/Complain/Contact info


ODOT is committed to promoting and supporting high standards of equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion in the transportation infrastructure workforce through our Division of Opportunity Diversity and Inclusion.  For information on ODOT’s Title VI and Non-discrimination programs, please click here.

Ohio MapODOT provides state maps free of charge. Use the Map Order Page to request a map.  Other types and formats of maps are available;  visit ODOT's Map Page for more.

Detailed individual county maps are produced and distributed through each of Ohio's 88 County Engineers Offices.   Use the County Engineers Association of Ohio Links Page for contact information on ordering local county-level maps.  ODOT does not centrally collect or distribute these maps.


External Resources

Need help?

You've come to the right place. We have a list of frequently asked questions that cover the gamut of ODOT inquiries from "how do I report roadway debris?" to "how do I order a map?" And if the FAQs don't help, here's a feedback form link to help route your concern to the best location for attention. 

For Questions About ODOT

Checked the FAQs on this page and still need help? Feel free to use this link:

ODOT Feedback Form

For Comments About the Website

For questions or comments about ODOT's new website, please use the Web Survey:

Web Survey

Additional Contact Information

Please use the ODOT District Page or ODOT Divisions Page to find profiles and contacts for specific areas around the state and the department.

Visit the ODOT Phone Listing to look up additional phone and mail stop numbers for all ODOT employees.

ODOT's Central Office General Number is (614) 466-7170 and you can always email us directly at website@dot.ohio.gov.