Ultimate Guide to Renewing your Ohio Driver License

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Wondering what you need and how you can renew your Ohio Driver's License? Here is the ultimate guide to quickly and easily renewing your Ohio driver license.

What You’ll Need to Renew your Ohio Driver License

  • Your legal name and date of birth. If something about your identity has changed, verify the change with supporting documents.
  • Your current OH driver license
  • Two documents of your Ohio street address
  • Social Security Number
  • Legal presence in the US
  • Renewal fee $25.75

Check the virtual checklist of acceptable documents and make a choice correctly.

What You’ll Need to Do to Renew your Ohio Driver License in Person

  • Apply in person on a walk-in basis at a Deputy Registrar License Agency.
  • Decide on the type of document (Complaint or Standard license) depending on your needs.
  • Bring required documentation.
  • Present your current driver's license.
  • Present your birth certificate. If something about your identity has changed, verify the change with supporting documents.
  • Pay the renewal fee  $25.75.
  • Receive your license.

What You’ll Need to Do to Renew your Ohio Driver License by Mail

You may renew by mail if you are temporarily out of Ohio and meet the following criteria:

  1. Your Ohio address is recorded on BMV.
  2. You are a US citizen.
  3. You are not incarcerated.
  4. Your current OH driver license is valid or expired less than 180 days ago.

To request the renewal packet, call the BMV at (614) 752-7600 or email the Registrar office. When mailing the packet back to the BMV, it must be postmarked within 180 days of your license expiration date.

Here are Ohio driver's license renewal exceptions to note:

  • If you renew your license within 90 days of expiration, your new license will expire in 4 years. If you renew more than 90 days before expiration, your license will expire in 3 years. If you are turning 21, you cannot renew more than 30 days before your birthday.
  • You must get a temporary permit and pass knowledge, vision and road tests if your driver license expired more than 6 months ago.

Need more Ohio DMV help?

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