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Best Times to Visit a Driver License Office

When planning for a trip to the driver license office, consider the best times to avoid long waits.

  • Mornings are generally less crowded than afternoons. 
  • Mid-week is less crowded than Mondays or Fridays.
  • Any day before or after a holiday will likely be more crowded.
  • The first and last days of the month are often busy with customers conducting last minute business.
  • BMV staff often go on lunch break starting around noon, leaving a reduced crew.  Try to avoid the lunch hour.
  • You should arrive at least an hour before closing to finish all the paperwork and testing. 
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Going to a BMV Office In Person

If you need some other service you must visit a BMV branch office Deputy Registrar.  The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles maintains many offices around the state, which you can find on this list http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/county_lst.stm  according to the county where you live.

To apply for an Ohio driver license or permit, you will have to bring along the required documents.  You must provide documentation for your full legal name, date of birth, Social Security number, U.S. citizenship or U.S. legal presence and resident street address in Ohio.  Applicants can accomplish this with:

  • an original birth certificate or valid US passport
  • Social Security card
  • utility bills, mortgage or rental agreement, school ID or transcript or other genuine and reliable document showing a physical Ohio address

Scheduling Appointments and Other Online Services

Ohio BMV Appointments

Save time at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles by scheduling an appointment http://ohiodrivingtest.com/ to take a driving test.  Many other functions can also completed online.   You may be able to skip an entire trip to the BMV office by following the links to complete certain transactions.