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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.
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
- To schedule a road test to earn an Ohio driver’s license you can make an appointment with the online scheduling system. http://ohiodrivingtest.com/
- Ohio driver’s licenses must be renewed every four years. As long as your license is not expired, you may renew a license http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/dl_renewal_dl.stm in person at any BMV branch without having to show identification documents.
- For vehicle registration renewal, you can go online to Oplates.com https://www.oplates.com/PlateRenew.aspx to complete the renewal process. You may also renew registration by telephone by calling 1-866-675-2837, or in person at a Deputy Registrar http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/county_lst.stm
- For first time vehicle registrations you will need to visit your local Deputy Registrar. http://www.bmv.ohio.gov/county_lst.stm You will need to provide the original title.
- If your license has been lost or stolen you must visit a BMV branch office or Deputy Registrar to request a duplicate. Be prepared to show the standard identification documents listed below. The replacement fee is $24.50
- To change your name on your license you will need to make a trip to a BMV branch office or Deputy Registrar and present any legal documents proving name change along with the application.
- If you have recently moved you can report a change of address online. https://ext.dps.state.oh.us/BMVOnlineServices.Public/DLVerification.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBMVOnlineServices.Public%2fSecure%2fAddressChangeType.aspx&CookieCheck=true Use the same link to handle change of address for vehicle registrations as well.
- Ohio drivers can also use the online system https://ext.dps.state.oh.us/BMVOnlineServices.Public/DLVerification.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fBMVOnlineServices.Public%2fSecure%2fAddressChangeType.aspx&CookieCheck=true to request a driver record, make a vehicle title inquiry or update their organ donor status.
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.