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An Ohio Driver's License must be renewed in person at an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office.
WHEN TO RENEW YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE
- An Ohio Driver's License is usually valid for four years and expires on your birthday. If you are under 21, your license expires on your 21st birthday.
- Your Ohio driver license can be renewed anytime prior to its expiration, but it is advisable to renew it within the 90 days leading up to the expiry date.
- If you renew your license more than 90 days before its expiration date, it will expire on the fourth birthday from date of issuance. (In effect, you will only get three year validity for your renewed license).
- For someone under 21, it is advisable to renew your license within 30 days of your 21st birthday to get the four year validity.
- For some one who birthday falls on February 29, the date of expiration is taken as March 1 for non-leap years.
TO RENEW IN PERSON
You must bring:
- Your expiring license or Proof of Identity if the expiring license is not available.
- If your name has changed, a court-issued documentation of the name change is required.
- Appropriate renewal fee payable by cash, check, money order, or certified cashier checks.
You need to take a vision screening test every time you renew your Ohio license.
Note: If your license expired six months ago, then you have to start from the beginning by getting a temporary permit and then taking all the examinations all over again.