Replace Your Ohio Drivers License
If your Ohio drivers license has been lost, stolen, or destroyed, you'll need to get it replaced immediately to avoid getting a ticket or risking suspension. 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.
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.
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:
- Social Security cards
- Credit cards
- Marriage certificates
- Health insurance cards
- Employee ID cards
- School records and transcripts
- Human services cards
- Medical treatment records from a doctor or hospital
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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