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Next of Kin Registry
Through the Emergency Contact Information - Next of Kin (N.O.K.) Program, Ohioans can identify persons they choose to be notified in the event they are involved in a motor vehicle crash leaving them unable to communicate with emergency medical responders. Those with a driver license, temporary permit or state ID have the option of adding emergency contact information to their record.
Legislation to create the Ohio N.O.K. database was initiated by two Ohio mothers dealing with tragedies who wanted to ensure someone could be notified as soon as possible in the event of an emergency.
The program features are:
- It's free. There is no fee to add contact information to your license/permit/ID record.
- Contact information will be stored in a secure database which holds Ohio driver license/ID information, accessed only by the Ohio BMV and law enforcement.
- For Ohioans age 18 and older, the contact person can be a relative, friend or co-worker. Those under 18 are required to have a parent or legal guardian as their primary contact.
- For children under the age of 15 with a state ID, parents are encouraged to sign up for the Next of Kin Registry. Two emergency contacts can be listed to be used by law enforcement in the event the child becomes lost or is reported missing.
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The Ohio Attorney General's Consumer Protection Section has created an Identity Theft Unit to help victims of identity theft rectify the effects of identity theft by working with credit reporting agencies, creditors, collectors, and any other entity who may have information that was obtained under fraudulent circumstances or though providing the necessary information to victims of identity theft to remedy the effects themselves.
Victim Notification Program
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Homeland Security Investiations (HSI), administers the Victim Notification Program which allows eligible victims and witnesses to obtain reliable and timely information regarding a criminal alien's release from custody. Victims and witnesses are required to register with HSI in order to receive notification of a criminal alien's release.
FREE Credit Reports. Federal law allows you to:
• Get a free copy of your credit report every 12 months from each credit reporting company.
• Ensure that the information on all of your credit reports is correct and up to date.
• WomenSafe provides emergency shelter and support services for survivors of domestic violence in Northeast Ohio. WomenSafe is a non-profit organization that offers information, counseling, education, referrals and support to victims of domestic violence.
• If you or someone you know is having a mental health or substance abuse emergency call COPEline at 1-888-285-5665 or 440-285-5665 to access a Crisis Intervention Specialist. If you feel danger is imminent, call 9-1-1 for immediate help.
• COPEline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our highly trained staff takes 10,000 calls each year addressing such issues as homelessness, concerns about suicide, domestic violence, mental health crises, and other related emergency situations. Immediate and appropriate referrals are made for each caller.
• Ravenwood Mental Health Center offers counseling to students in the local Geauga County schools. Their highly trained staff is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone please call COPELine at 1-888-285-5665. To schedule a counseling session at Ravenwood Mental Health Center call 1-440-285-3568.