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How to Renew a Driver's License in Ohio

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Ohio Drivers License Renewal

Drivers who are planning to renew drivers licenses in Ohio are advised to do it in person at their local OH Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Drivers are advised to begin renewing drivers licenses prior to the expiration date. The best period for a DMV license renewal is from 90 days before the expiration date to six months after the date of expiry. Minor drivers will not be required to renew their drivers licenses before they are 21 years of age. If you want to find out more information about the drivers license renewal process in Ohio continue reading the sections below.

How to Renew Your OH Driver's License

Renew Ohio Drivers License

Note: You can find the expiration date on the front of your Ohio driver's license, right next to the class of your license.

An Ohio drivers license renewal oftentimes requires you to visit a DMV office in Ohio in order to begin the process. You are advised to renew your drivers license before the expiration date written on your license. When you visit a local DMV office, you will have to submit your current Ohio driver's license along with certain documentation. Additionally, you will be required to pass a vision test when renewing your drivers license in order to check your eyesight. Drivers will have to pay a driving license renewal fee as a final step in the process.


The driving license renewal fee in OH varies, according to the age and class you want to apply for. Currently, the fee for renewing a drivers license is $25.75. Fees are always subject to change without any notice, therefore contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (OH BMV) before making any payments. Make sure to have a proper method of payment with you when paying for the driving license renewal fee. You can use cash, checks, money order, and vouchers such as county agency vouchers and intra-state agency vouchers.

When to Renew Your Ohio Driver's License

Drivers are advised to renew their drivers licenses in Ohio either before or after the expiration date. If you apply for an OH drivers license renewal more than 90 days before the expiration date, your driver's license will be valid for three years. If you renew your drivers license in a 90-day period after the expiration date, then the license will be valid for four years. Minor drivers younger than 21 years of age may not apply for a drivers license renewal if there are more than 30 days until their birthdays.

Expired License

Drivers with an expired driver's license must visit a nearby OH DMV office. The state's Bureau of Motor Vehicles (OH BMV) allows motorists with an expired drivers license in Ohio to renew their credential in a six-month period after the expiration date. Drivers who do not renew their expired drivers licenses within this time frame will have to apply for a new Ohio driver's license and re-take any necessary exams.

Note: Drivers who want to find out the status of their drivers licenses can order a copy of their Ohio driving records.

Requirements To Renew An Ohio License

Drivers can only renew their drivers licenses in person at an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (OH BMV) office. The Ohio DMV has set certain requirements for need to renew licenses. Make sure you are ready to complete the following:

  • Present your current Ohio driver's license.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Submit a payment for the required driving license renewal fee in OH.
  • Present proof of:
    • Birth date.
    • Legal name.
    • Social Security Number.
    • Legal presence or citizenship.
    • Ohio residency.

Out-of-State Military Renewal

The Ohio drivers license renewal process can be completed in person at any OH DMV office. However, military members, who are on an active duty out of the state, as well as their spouses or dependents, can renew their drivers licenses by mail. Military members must contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles and ask for a renewal package with proper forms. Upon filling out the necessary items in the packet, mail it to the OH DMV thereafter.

Submitted by Jenn330 on 25th Jul 2015

Come on Ohio get with the

Come on Ohio get with the program and let us renew online like other states.

Submitted by djh on 8th Apr 2014

If an online option is not

If an online option is not available, how should Ohio citizens who are dependents of military members take care of this?

Submitted by mspravka on 27th May 2015

Military Personnel Renewal

Military Personnel

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.

Out-of-State Drivers

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.

Submitted by Alex Shapiro (not verified) on 20th Jan 2013

Hi! I use to live in OH

Hi! I use to live in OH Cleveland 11 years,in 2002 y. I moved with my female to Russia (female meter temporary). Every one-two years I stay home for 1-2 months in Cleveland.My driver license expired 10.14.2012. How I can renew my Driver License?

It's possible,if I send copy of my Passport,SS,and original Driver License with my photo to my mom (she lives in Cleveland,OH),and she's stop in a Office Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles,pay necessary FEE and renew my Driver License? For me hard to fly in time from Russia to US,and back.Thank you/

Alex Shapiro

Submitted by lailaaba (not verified) on 2nd Aug 2012

I traveled from Ohio before

I traveled from Ohio before my birthdate where my driving license has expired. I did not renew my driving license before I travel. I will only be back after one month and a half from my birthday. Am I going to be penalized? Can you issue me a temporary license so I can drive my car when I return just to reach the office to renew?

Laila Abadir

Submitted by theresanjay (not verified) on 30th Jul 2012

I had Ohio License when I

I had Ohio License when I first got them back in 1995. But I moved out of state. I just moved back to Ohio and I would like to know what I need to transfor them back to Ohio. I dont have my Marriage License or My Divorce papers. I have been back in Ohio for more then 6months.

Submitted by molrich (not verified) on 24th Apr 2012

can you renew a temporary

can you renew a temporary permit? daughters temp exires next week and she has not completed the driving education course yet

Submitted by pichapong (not verified) on 7th Apr 2012

I am working at cleveland

I am working at cleveland clinic with H1B visa. My current ohio driving license will be expired in June 30 2012. What are the required documents for driving license renewal and when I can apply for the renewal? thank you.

Submitted by Dawn Mohler (not verified) on 27th Oct 2011

Do I have to take a driving

Do I have to take a driving test for a one year temporary permit?

Submitted by Eileen 2 (not verified) on 26th Jan 2012

Yes you have to take the

Yes you have to take the driving test w\ a temp . If youre under 18 you need to have a parent or legal gaurdian to co sign w\you/ Over 21 no for as long as your temps doesnt expire .

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