How To Renew Your Drivers License in Ohio

Oh no! Your license is about to expire; how tragic. Good thing we have an in-depth guide to all things license renewal.

How do I renew my license in Ohio?

You can renew your license anytime before its expiration date, so head over to your local BMV deputy registrar license agency . If you renew your license more than 90 days before it expires, your license will expire in 3 years, but if you renew your license less than 90 days before it expires, your license will expire in 4 years. So, to give yourself one extra year of BMV freedom, we recommend renewing 1-2 months before your license expires. Ohio BMV also allows you 6 months after your license expires to renew it without having to re-apply for a license. However, it is illegal to drive with an expired license. So if you will continue driving, please renew your license before it expires. For more information, check out this post about driving in Ohio without a license.

What if I'm under 21?

If you are under the age of 21, your license will expire on your 21st birthday regardless of when you first got it. You have exactly 30 days after your birthday to go get your new license. Put a note in your calendar to go to the BMV, of course after your exciting 21st birthday extravaganza.

What to bring to the BMV for a license renewal?

  • US Birth Certificate or US Passport
  • Social Security Card or W-2 Form
  • A document that proves your street address like a utility bill or school record

Check out this BMV form with more information on acceptable documents

What if my license has been expired for more than six months?

If your license has been expired for more than six months, unfortunately, you’ll have to get a temporary permit (TIPIC) and then complete the driving and maneuverability test before you can get a full license again.

Check out this guide to applying for a new license in Ohio if you’re 18+

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Krista Doyle
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