How To Renew Your Ohio Drivers License

Need to renew your Ohio drivers license? We've collected helpful information that will save you some time, and we offer links to resources that will 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.

Renewing an Ohio Drivers License

If you are trying to renew your expired Ohio driver license, the first thing you should do is generate and download your driver license form and checklist. These documents can help save you time in the event that you need to visit the BMV office in person. In some cases, drivers may be able to renew their Ohio license by mail. 

Renew Your Ohio Driver License In Person
If you'd prefer to renew in person you can do so at a local BMV agency office. Keep in mind that you'll need to pass a vision test before your driver license can be renewed. You'll also need to bring a few things with you including:

  • Your current drivers license
  • A secondary form of identification (social security card, health insurance card, student ID card, marriage certificate, credit card, Internal Revenue Service or State Tax form, health records, etc.)
  • Money to pay the $20.75 renewal fee. The BMV accepts: cash, checks, money orders, county agency vouchers, and intra-state agency vouchers.

To generate a complete checklist of the required documentation, click here and fill out the form.

Ohio Drivers License Renewal By Mail
There are two types of applicants that are eligible for renewal by mail:

  • Military personnel (their spouses and dependents)
  • Out of state drivers.

Military Personnel

Renewal applicants who are active in the military and are stationed outside of Ohio may renew an expired drivers license by mail. Simply do the following:

  • Call the Ohio BMV agency
  • Request that the agency send a renewal package by mail.

The BMV agency number to call is (614) 752-7600. Upon completion and return of this package you'll receive your new license.

Out-of-State Drivers

If you're temporarily living outside the state of Ohio, the BMV does offer renewal by mail as a courtesy. The Ohio BMV agency wishes to make renewal as easy as possible for those temporarily living out of state. We recommend that you call the agency at (614) 752-7600 to request a renewal packet. 

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