Ohio's New Driver License and Identification Card

Ohio's New Driver License and Identification Card

Frequently Asked Questions

Beginning July 2, 2018, customers will be:

  • Receiving their state driver licenses and identifications cards by mail in about 10 days after visiting a Deputy Registrar;
  • Receiving an Ohio Interim Documentation form for confirmation of driving privileges until the card arrives in the mail; and
  • Given the option to have a driver license or identification card that is acceptable for federal identification purposes.
  • Deputy Registrars will continue to be a part of the driver license and identification card issuance process.
  • Customers will still initiate driver license and identification card transactions by visiting a Deputy Registrar agency, presenting documents (as needed) and be photographed.
  • Driver licenses and identification cards will continue to be valid for four years and require a new photograph with every renewal.

New federal travel restrictions requiring secure identification go into effect October 2020 and Ohio is getting a jump-start on this process beginning July 2, 2018.

  • Customers interested in using their state-issued credential for access to federal facilities or services, such as airport security screening by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) for boarding commercial airlines, may choose to obtain a compliant card that meets all federal requirements.
  • Customers choosing this option when obtaining a new or renewed license or identification card will be required to provide documentation proving their name and date of birth (such as a birth certificate or passport), social security number (such as a Social Security card), and two additional documents proving residential address (such as utility bills).
  • Customers not interested in or not needing to use their state-issued credential for federal identification purposes will have the option of obtaining a standard driver license or identification card without additional document requirements beyond those currently in place.


  • The compliant card has a star in the upper part of the card.
  • The compliant card can be used to fly or enter federal facilities, including military bases.
  • You must provide all required identity documents to receive a compliant card.
  • A compliant card cannot solely be used for international travel. International travel, including Canada and Mexico, still requires a passport.


  • A standard card cannot be used to fly, enter federal facilities or military bases without additional documentation approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) or other federal requirements, as needed.
  • An Ohio standard driver license or identification card needs no additional documentation at time of renewal.

Both cards allow you to prove your identity for tasks like buying alcohol, obtaining social services or registering to vote, with just the driver's license allowing you to lawfully operate a motor vehicle.

NOTE: You will need to provide all required identity documents for a first time issuance of a driver license or identification card, regardless of your choice of a compliant or standard card.

See acceptable documents.

  • Do you fly on commercial aircraft within the United States?
  • Do you need access to a federal facility or military base?

If the answer is yes, you should consider getting a compliant card.

If you have another form of federal identification you can use for these purposes, such as a valid U.S. Passport or Passport Card, you may decide to have a standard card.

Minor children under the age of 18, who are flying with their parents, do not need a compliant card. Unaccompanied minors who wish to fly commercially will need a compliant card or a standard card with other federally approved documentation. (www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification)

Effective July 2, 2018, customers will receive their DL-ID cards by mail, from a high security printing environment which reduces the potential for fraud and identity theft. Ohio is the 42nd state to implement a DL-ID mailing process.

Mailing Process:

  • Your new DL-ID card will be received in the mail within 10 business days after visiting a Deputy Registrar agency.
  • Your new DL-ID will be mailed in a plain, white envelope. Same as the receipt of a credit card, social security card or passport.
  • You will receive an Ohio Interim Documentation form until the card arrives in the mail, which will allow you to operate a motor vehicle.

Mailing Options:

  • Confirm your address before leaving the Deputy Registrar agency.
  • You may use a mailing address, different from your residential address, where you are confident the DL-ID will be delivered. (NOTE: if a mailing address is not clarified, the DL-ID will be delivered to the residential address on file).
  • You may also change your mailing address by going to BMV Online Services at www.bmv.ohio.gov.

Undeliverable/Returned Mail:

  • The BMV will receive any undeliverable/returned DL-ID cards and automatically re-mail the card to the mailing address on file. If the card comes back undeliverable a second time, it will be destroyed and will be the customer's responsibility to correct their address with the BMV and purchase a new card from the Deputy Registrar agency.
  • If after 21 days you have not received your DL-ID, you may contact the BMV through LIVECHAT www.bmv.ohio.gov or call 1-844-OHIO-BMV (1-844-644-6268) to check the status of your card.
  • You may monitor and track your mail by signing up for "Informed Delivery" provided free by the U.S. Postal Service. This service shows you what mail is to be delivered to your house on a daily basis. Visit www.informeddelivery.usps.com to sign up.

Yes, both the compliant driver license and standard driver license will be valid for all lawful driving purposes.

You will still visit a Deputy Registrar for the driver license or identification card issuance process. Use the Acceptable Document checklist to identify what you need to bring to satisfy Ohio and federal requirements.

Obtaining a complaint card requires more documentation than the standard card. You will need to provide documents to prove identity:

  • Full legal name
  • Date of Birth
  • Social Security Number
  • 2 - Proofs of Ohio Residency
  • Proof of Legal Presence

The standard card does not require additional identity documents, unless the driver license or identification card is being issued for the first time.

Go to Acceptable Documents for a full list of required documents for both the compliant and standard DL-ID cards. You can use the interactive compliant document list to assist you in what to bring to a Deputy Registrar agency. The standard document is not interactive at this time.


A standard driver license or identification card can still be used for most functions, just not for airport security to fly commercially or access to federal buildings, including military bases.

No. The compliant card and standard card will cost the same. In fact, the new driver license and identification cards being issued after July 2, 2018, will not increase in price, but cost the same as the current driver license and identification card.

The Ohio Interim Documentation form will be issued as a temporary credential for use while a new permanent driver license or identification card is being manufactured and mailed.

  • You must carry the Ohio Interim Documentation form until you have received your new DL-ID card.
  • The document is valid for 45 days after you have applied for a new DL-ID.
  • If you have applied for a driver license or temporary instruction permit, this document will allow you to operate a motor vehicle.
  • The Ohio Interim Documentation form is not valid as a stand–alone document when applying for a CDL or temporary CDL instruction permit.
  • This form only serves as confirmation that an application is pending.


It is at the discretion of the rental car agency to accept or not to accept the Ohio Interim Documentation form in order to rent a car.

Happy Birthday! You can renew 30 days prior to your 21st birthday in order to receive your new DL-ID in time for the actual day. However, your new DL-ID cannot be used to purchase items available to those 21 or older, until your actual 21st birthday.

  1. With a compliant driver license or identification card issued after July 2, 2018
  2. With a Passport only
  3. With a standard driver license or identification card and your Passport

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