COLUMBUS, Ohio – Driver’s licenses and identification cards will be mailed instead of issued at Ohio’s license bureaus beginning July 2, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles announced Wednesday.
The move is to provide greater security protection for customers, the bureau said in a release.
People still have to go to a deputy registrar license agency to renew or apply for a license or ID, but they will be issued a temporary proof of transaction. The license or card will be received by mail about 10 days later.
Licenses and ID cards also will have a new look with greater security features, the agency said.
Ohio joins 41 other states that provide driver licenses and identification cards through the mail. The move provides greater protection against counterfeiting and identity theft and complies with federal security standards by:
- Ensuring driver licenses and identification cards are issued only to legitimate cardholders.
- Preventing loss and theft of secure materials from deputy registrar agencies.
- Providing a more secure printing environment, saving the state the costs associated with upgrading security at local agencies.
Driver licenses and identification cards will continue to be valid for four years and require a new photograph with every renewal. Costs will remain the same.
Beginning in July, Ohio also will offer customers the option of getting a standard or compliant license or ID card. Both will cost the same.
The compliant license and ID cards are new and were developed to meet new federal restrictions requiring secure identification that go into effect in October 2020. People will not be able to board domestic flights or enter certain federal facilities without a REAL ID, or compliant card.
Customers choosing the compliant card option when obtaining a new or renewed license or identification card will be required to provide documentation proving their name and date of birth (such as a birth certificate or passport), Social Security number (such as a Social Security card) and two additional documents proving residential address (such as utility bills).
The only visual difference between Ohio’s compliant and standard cards is the star in the upper part of the card. Those who have another form of federal identification, such as a valid U.S. passport or passport card, may decide to have a standard card.
For more information, visit: bmv.ohio.gov/NEWDL-ID