The option to translate this page is provided via third party application. The ODPS/BMV cannot guarantee the accuracy of the translation made available through this service. Users accept the risk of inaccurate translations.

Ohio's New Driver License and Identification Card

Ohio's New Driver License and Identification Card

What's New

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 about 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.


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:

COMPLIANT card

Compliant Card

 

Meets national travel security requirements - a federally Compliant form of identification will be required to fly commercially or to access federal facilities or military bases.

Obtaining a Compliant card requires more identity documents than the Standard Card. You will need to provide documents to prove the following:

  • full legal name
  • date of birth
  • social security number
  • proof of Ohio residency
  • proof of legal presence

STANDARD card

Standard Card

 

Does not meet national travel security requirements - a Standard card will need to be used in conjunction with a passport or other acceptable documents approved by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), in order to fly commercially or to access a federal facility or military base. www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/identification.

The Standard card does not require additional identity documents, unless the DL-ID is being issued for the first time.

Go to Acceptable Documents for a full list of the identity documents and use our interactive process to assist you in what to bring to a Deputy Registrar agency.
Both Compliant and Standard cards allow you to prove your identity for tasks like buying alcohol, obtaining social services, or registering to vote. Only a driver's license can authorize the operation of a motor vehicle.
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 about 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 https://informeddelivery.usps.com.
  • After 21 days, if you have not received your driver license or identification card, visit our website; www.bmv.ohio.gov or 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.
The Ohio Interim Identification form will be issued by the Deputy Registrar agency, to the person identified and pictured, as a temporary credential for use while a new permanent driver license or ID card is being manufactured and mailed. Law enforcement will be able to verify the form.

  • You must carry this interim driver license or identification card until you have received your new card in the mail.
  • Your new driver license or identification card will be processed and received in the mail about 10 business days, and will be delivered in a plain, white envelope.
  • After 21 days, if you have not received your driver license or identification card, visit our website; www.bmv.ohio.gov or call 1-844-OHIO-BMV (1-844-644-6268) to check the status of your card.
  • If you have applied for a driver license or temporary instruction permit, this document will allow you to operate a motor vehicle.
  • Interim identification is not valid as a stand–alone document when applying for a CDL or temporary CDL instruction permit.
  • This interim identification document only serves as confirmation that the application is pending, it is not a form of identification.
WARNING
THE PRODUCTION, DISTRIBUTION, OR POSSESSION OF A FORGED IDENTIFICATION CARD IS PROHIBITED PURSUANT TO OHIO REVISED CODE 2913.31.
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 DL-ID card that meets all federal requirements.
  • Customers choosing the Compliant DL-ID card, when obtaining a new or renewed license or identification card, will be required to provide documentation proving their name and date of birth, Social Security number such as a Social Security card, birth certificate or passport and two additional documents proving residential address such as utility bills.
  • Customers uninterested in or not needing to use their state-issued credential for federal identification purposes will have the option of obtaining a Standard DL-ID card without additional document requirements beyond those currently in place.
  • A Standard DL-ID, however, can be used in conjunction with a passport or other acceptable documents approved by the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) in order to fly commercially or to access a federal facility or military base.
Centralizing the production of driver licenses and ID cards will reduce fraud and identity theft by:

  • Ensuring driver licenses and ID cards are issued to legitimate cardholders only;
  • Preventing loss and theft of secure materials from Deputy Registrar agencies; and,
  • Providing a more secure printing environment and reduce costs associated with security renovations at local Deputy Registrar agencies.

Ohio Driver Licenses and Identification (DL-ID) cards issued prior to July 2, 2018, will not be accepted by Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) after October 1, 2020. Consider renewing early if you want to have a driver license or identification card that is federally compliant.

If you want to be able to use your DL-ID to board a plane after October 1, 2020, renew early and follow the guidelines for issuance of a Compliant card.


Stay Connected

Get the latest news and updates directly in your inbox.