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New Ohio driver’s licenses have started, here’s what you need to know




In an effort to ensure greater security and identity protection for customers, and to comply with federal regulations, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is introducing the new Ohio driver license and identification (DL-ID) card, effective July 2, 2018.

Customers will still go to a Deputy Registrar agency for DL-ID card renewal or other transaction(s), and will have the option to choose a Compliant DL-ID or a Standard DL-ID. The two options will require different identity documents.

Customers will receive their new DL-ID card in the mail within 10 business days after visiting a Deputy Registrar agency. An Ohio Interim Identification form will be issued to customers for use, while the new permanent DL-ID card is being processed and mailed. The Interim Identification form will expire 45 days after issuance.

Effective July 2, 2018, customers will receive their driver license or ID card by mail. Print production of the cards, in a high security printing environment, reduces the potential for fraud and identity theft.

  • Your new DL-ID card will be received in the mail within 10 business days after visiting a Deputy Registrar agency.
  • Your new driver license or identification card will be mailed in a plain, white envelope.
  • To monitor and track your mail, the U.S. Postal Service offers a free service called Informed Delivery. To learn more or to sign up for the service, please visit
  • After 21 days, if you have not received your driver license or identification card, visit our website; www.bmv.ohio.govor call 1-844-OHIO-BMV (1-844-644-6268) to check the status of your card.
  • You will receive an Ohio Interim Identification form until the card arrives in the mail.

Effective July 2, 2018, customers have the option to choose between a Compliant DL-ID and a Standard DL-ID. Choose the type of card that works best for you:

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