Applying for a New License (Drivers 18+) in Ohio
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Read this page to learn how to apply for a driver's license from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV).
NOTE: If you're younger than 18 years old, please follow the instructions on our Applying for a Teen License page.
If you have just moved to Ohio and have an out-of-state driver's license, you'll need to have it transferred as soon as you can. Visit your local Deputy Registrar agency and:
- Submit proof of your:
- Name (including name change, if applicable).
- Date of birth.
- Social Security number (SSN).
- Legal presence in the U.S.
- Ohio residency.
- Pay the required fee.
- Pass the vision screening.
- Pass the knowledge test.
- Have your photo taken.
As long as your out-of-state driver's license is valid, your driving exam should be waived.
If you're not a U.S. citizen, your driver's license will be valid for the length of your legal stay (up to 4 years).
The Ohio BMV offers different types of driver's licenses depending on the type of vehicle you will be driving.
- Regular driver's license.
- Temporary instruction permit identification card (TIPIC): To practice driving with.
- Commercial driver's license (CDL).
- Motorcycle license.
To qualify for a driver's license in Ohio, you must have practiced driving with your temporary instruction permit. Our Driver's Permits in Ohio page has application instructions and applicable fees.
NOTE: You will need to pass a written knowledge and vision screening test in order to obtain your instruction permit.
When you're ready to take your road test, schedule a road test at an Ohio Driver License Examination Station. You will need to provide your own working vehicle for the driving exam.
Once you pass the exam, you will need to visit your local Ohio BMV office and:
- Surrender your instruction permit.
- Pay the required fee.
If you're younger than 21 years old, your new driver's license will expire on your 21st birthday, otherwise it will expire on your birthday 4 years from the date of issue.
Your road test will consist of the following parts:
- Driving skills.
The driving skills component will test you on your ability to perform basic tasks, such as:
- Starting and stopping.
- Turning around.
- Proper lane usage.
The maneuverability component will require you to navigate your way through a given course. You will fail automatically if you hit any of the markers.
For more information, visit the Ohio BMV website.
The fee for your Ohio driver's license will depend on your age and length of validity:
- 21 years old or older (valid for 4 years): $23.
- 20 years old: $19.25.
- 19 years old: $20.50.
- 18 years old: $21.75.
NOTE: If you're younger than 21 years old, your driver's license will be valid until your 21st birthday.
Accepted Payment Methods
The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) accepts payment by:
- Personal check.
- Money order.
- Certified cashier check.
- Traveler's check.
- County agency voucher.
- Intra-state agency voucher.
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