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.
Online application assistance can simplify the process for many DMV related services, including: renewing your license, applying for a license, registering a vehicle, replacing your license, changing your address and more. In addition to the free forms and general instructions available from the DMV offices or websites, you will receive a comprehensive Easy Guide" containing information relevant to your service needs. Where possible, we will prepare your DMV forms and/or provide links to DMV online services. Via our partners at Road America, you will also receive 30 days of both emergency Roadside Assistance and the Repair Assist consultation service. In addition, you will be able to take advantage of a free membership to DMV Advisors, a state-specific help desk prepared to answer any driver-related questions or concerns you may have. Other benefits include an ongoing monthly newsletter and a quarterly magazine covering important updates that affect drivers, important safety tips and ways to save money on vehicle-related services.
2: By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
Some drivers prefer to handle the renewal process by mail, rather than taking advantage of assistance services, visiting the BMV in person, or via available online services. Service by mail is available with limitations. Read below for additional details or visit your local BMV.
3: Via a local BMV office
If you prefer to access BMV services in person or your specific needs require an in-person visit, most, if not all, driver license services can be handled at a physical BMV office location. Varying BMV offices sometimes supply different types of services so you will need to check before your visit to make sure the BMV closest to you provides the service you require. In addition, you can call to see if your local BMV allows you to make a personal appointment. Read more below to see if an in-person visit is either preferred or required.
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.
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.
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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