Driver License & ID Card

Non-U.S. Citizens
Please Note:
  • The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) is required to verify an applicant’s legal presence in the United States.
  • The name displayed on U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documents will be the name displayed on an individual’s Ohio identification (ID) card or driver license.

Non-Renewable/Non-Transferable Driver License or ID Card

A non-renewable/non-transferable Ohio driver license or ID card will be issued with the same expiration date as the document issued by USCIS or four years, whichever is sooner (regardless of federal grace periods extending the expiration date).

A non-renewable/non-transferable Ohio driver license allows an individual to drive in Ohio and other states, but cannot be renewed in Ohio or transferred to another state.

Applicants must present current USCIS documents and proof of Ohio residency at each ID card or license issuance. Common acceptable documents used for proof of legal presence:

  • Attending school: valid passport, visa, I-94, DS2019 or I-20 and proof of Social Security number (if ever assigned)
  • Employment: valid Employment Authorization Card (EAD) and proof of Social Security number (if ever assigned) OR valid passport, visa, I-94, I-797 with acceptable employment case type and a letter from employer on letterhead dated within last 60 days and proof of Social Security number (if ever assigned)
  • Refugee: I-94 stamped Refugee or with I-797 case type 485 showing application for permanent residency
  • Asylum: I-94 stamped Asylum

See the Acceptable Documents List for more information.

Where Do I Go?

Ohio Revised Code: 4507.09

Ohio Administrative Code: 4501:1-1-37

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