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How to Renew a Driver's License in Ohio

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An Ohio Driver's License must be renewed in person at an Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) office.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.


You must bring:

  1. Your expiring license or Proof of Identity if the expiring license is not available.
  2. If your name has changed, a court-issued documentation of the name change is required.
  3. 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.


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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 .