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How to Renew a Driver's License in Ohio

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.


Reviews of How to Renew a Driver's License in Ohio

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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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