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How to Renew a Driver’s License in Ohio?

Need to renew your Ohio driver’s license? We have collected helpful information to assist you with the renewal process and make it easier and more convenient.

There are three ways to renew a driver’s license in Ohio. You can either do it:

  1. Online application and Checklist download
  2. By mail, if eligible (read below for instructions)
  3. In person at your local DMV office.

Received your renewal slip? Do not fret for we are going to guide you in renewing your driver’s license. Just sit back, relax and read along.

First, you need to determine the status of your license. Is it valid, suspended, expired or lost?

Valid license (class D for operator and Class M for motorcycle-related) may be renewed anytime before its expiration date. If the license was renewed 90 days prior to expiration date, your license’s validity will decrease to three years instead of four. For those aged younger than 21 years, the license is good until you turn 21. Renewal of the license may be done 30 days prior to being 21 years of age.

Expired License may be used up to six months after expiration. This period of time is a leeway to renew the license. Forty-five days after expiration of license, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles will send you a notice that your license is expired. If you fail to renew the license longer than six months, you will have to reapply for a new license (instruction permit and road test).

Suspended license will inhibit you with your driving privileges such as usage in the job while still serving the penalty for the suspension. You can check on-line for the status of your license. Reinstatement of suspended license varies depending on the violation.

Lost License

Replacing lost license in Ohio is relatively easy. You just have to go to the Deputy Registrar’s Office and pay $24.50 for duplicate license. Original primary (birth certificates, valid passports, U.S. citizenship, etc.) and secondary (credit cards, health insurance, marriage certificate, etc.) form is needed for identification purposes.

Check Your Renewal Notice

It is always important to know the status of your license. A renewal reminder mail from BMV will be sent weeks prior to license’s expiration.


Ohio does not offer online renewal so you need to go to the license agency personally. Make sure you will bring the following:

•           Current driver’s license.

•           One (1) secondary form of identification. (Social Security cards, credit cards, marriage certificates, health insurance cards, employee ID cards, school records and transcripts, human services cards, and medical treatment records from a doctor or hospital)

•           Payment for $25.75 renewal fee. (BMV accepts cash, checks, money orders, county agency vouchers, and intra-state agency vouchers)

You’ll also need to pass a vision test before your renewal is granted.

Renew by Mail

To renew a driver’s license in Ohio via mail:

1. Send a check or money order, the check or money order must be writen out to Division of Motor Vehicles.
2. Include Proof of Social Security number
3. Photocopy of insurance card. The insurance card must show that there is liability coverage.

Note: If the driver is not the owner of the vehicle and does not have proof of insurance, then he or she will need to enclose a non-ownership of a motor vehicle affidavit along with the other documents.


Military Personnel

Military personnel outside Ohio may renew by mail. You just need to call BMV at (614) 752-7600 and ask the agency to send you a renewal packet. After completion of the packet and mailing it back to the agency, you will receive your renewed license. These rules also apply for spouses and dependents of military personnel.

Out-of-State Residents

Mail renewals are also offered for those who are temporarily living outside the state. A mail renewal packet will be sent which you must complete and return. You may call BMW at (614) 752-7600 for more detailed instructions.

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