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Ohio Driver Licenses Now Arrive By Mail

new Ohio driver license design as of July 1, 2018
State of Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles
Ohio drivers will now receive their licenses by mail.

Ohioans are now navigating a new process to get their driver licenses. State BMV registrar Don Petit says instead of being handed a new license on the spot, drivers will walk out of a deputy registrar’s office with either their old license or a document – both good for 45 days – while they wait at home for the new license, like one would with a credit or debit card from the bank.

“It comes in the mail, generally in about a week to 10 days in a very plain envelope," says Petit. "And we’re going to be using a very similar process for putting the driver’s license in our customer’s hands."

Those who want licenses that are compliant with a federal proof of identity law that takes effect in two years will have to bring a birth certificate or passport, a social security card and two proofs of residency.  Those Real ID compliant licenses will be needed to board airplanes after October 1, 2020.