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ODPS Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles Armed Forces - Frequently Asked Questions


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Why am I being asked my military status by the BMV?

The BMV is assisting the Department of Veteran Services in collecting information on veterans and active duty members of the armed forces.

What is my information being used for?

The Department of Veteran Services is trying to locate all veterans and active duty members of the armed forces in Ohio, to inform them of important services available.

Will my information be shared with anyone else?

No. The information being collected by the BMV is only being shared with the Department of Veteran’s Services.

What information about me is being shared?

The information being sent to the Department of Veteran’s Services includes your name, address, status (veteran, currently serving, reserve, national guard), the last four (4) digits of your social security number, and your date of birth.

Why would I want a veteran’s symbol on my driver’s license or identification card?

Certain merchants may offer discounts or unique services to veterans, and many of them will begin looking for the symbol on the driver’s license or identification card.

Will adding this symbol to my driver’s license or identification card cost me anything?

No. This is a free service to veterans, and you will only pay the normal fees associated with applying for or renewing your driver’s license or identification card.

Is this being required by a specific law or bill?

Yes, in HB 2, language was included to require the BMV to ask specific questions of its applicants and initiate a symbol on the driver license or ID card upon the applicant’s request.

Do I have to prove my status in the military to the BMV?

Yes. The status can be proven by providing a DD214 or equivalent document (military ID, LES statement, or VA card).

Can my dependents have this symbol on their driver license or ID card?

No, this only applies to enlisted, veteran, or retired personnel.

How can I have this removed?

This can be removed at anytime at your local deputy registrar. There will be a cost for a duplicate license or ID if removed outside your renewal period.