How To Replace Your Ohio Drivers License

If your Ohio drivers license has been lost, stolen or destroyed, you'll need to get it replaced immediately. 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.

If your license has been damaged, lost or stolen, you'll need to have it replaced as quickly as possible with a duplicate.

Regardless of the reason for replacing your license, the first thing you should do is generate and download your replacement form and checklist. These documents will help save time when you visit the BMV in person.

Gather Proper Documentation 

To replace your license you'll need to provide a couple different forms of identification. These documents are referred to as primary and secondary forms of identification. The primary form must show proof of your name and date of birth. One of the forms of ID must provide your Social Security Number. You'll need at least one of each kind of ID to replace your license in Ohio. We've included a brief list below, but for a complete checklist of the required and acceptable documentation, click here and complete the form.

Primary Forms of Identification:

  • Birth certificates
  • Military ID cards
  • Valid passports
  • State ID cards (from other states)
  • U.S. citizenship and Immigration Services documents

Secondary Forms of Identification:

Please note that the forms of ID you present cannot be copies, unless the copy has an original certification by the issuing authority. Also, the name on the documents must match your current name, unless a change of name can be verified by a court order, marriage certificate or license, or divorce decree. Lastly, you must be prepared to pay the replacement fee of $24.50.

Replacing Your Ohio License When Traveling

Drivers who may be traveling out of the state and lose their Ohio license may request that a replacement license be sent to them. Sending a replacement Ohio drivers license, however, can take up to sixty days. If you lose your license while traveling, call the Driver's License Division at (614) 752-7600 for more information.

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