Obtaining A New Ohio Drivers License

Applying for a new drivers license in Ohio? We offer links to resources that will save you time and get you going in the right direction. Select from the options below to get started.

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1: Get Started with Online Application Assistance

Application assistance services can simplify the process for many DMV related services for a fee, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips, trends, legislative updates and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.

2: By mail

Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the DMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local DMV.

3: Via a DMV office

If your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at your local DMV office. Varying DMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the DMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your DMV allows you to make a personal appointment.

Prepare the Proper Documents

You'll need to gather the proper documentation beforing heading to the BMV to take your test. For a complete checklist of the required documentation, Click Here. Drivers need to bring at least one document from each of the following categories:

Primary Documents (proof of full legal name and date of birth):

  • Birth certificate
  • Certified copy of court order
  • Military ID
  • Driver's license/state ID card
  • Concealed Weapons Permit
  • Valid passport

Secondary Documents (must include Social Security number if not on primary document):

  • Certified copy of court order
  • Credit card
  • Foreign birth certificate
  • Gun permit
  • Employer identification Card
  • Health Insurance Card
  • Internal Revenue Service or State Tax form
  • Medical records
  • Marriage certificate
  • Social security card
  • Student ID card
  • Voter registration card

If the primary or secondary documents do not provide proof of Ohio residency, then drivers will have to provide it with another document, for example:

  • Insurance policy
  • Bank statement
  • Income tax return filing
  • Certified copy of court order
  • School records
  • Child support check stub
  • Credit card bill
  • Utility bill
  • Pay check stub

Take the Required Tests

  • Vision
  • Written
  • Driving

After you present your documents, you must take the proper tests. In accordance with state law you'll need to pass a vision test, written test, and a driving test.

Are You Moving to a Different State?

If you are relocating to another state, you might also want to consider acquiring a new drivers license. For more information on that process, click here.

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