Ohio BMV to change process of getting licenses, ID cards

NNiek Verlaan / MGN

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles is making some big changes.

Starting July 2, 2018, residents will no longer be able to get a license or identification cards made on the spot at any of the more than 180 Deputy Registrar offices around the state.

Customers can still go to a Deputy Registrar for license or card renewals or other transactions, however, they will receive their driver licenses and identification cards by mail. Additionally, Deputy Registrar locations will only be able to issue a temporary proof of transaction.

The goal of the change is to better prevent counterfeiting and identity theft as well as staying in compliance with state and federal security regulations.

41 other states already provide driver licenses and identification cards through the mail.
According to the state - beginning on July 2, customers will be:
• Receiving their state driver licenses and identification cards by mail in about 10 days after visiting a Deputy Registrar;
• Receiving a temporary card/confirmation of driving privileges until the card arrives in the mail; and
• Having the option to have a driver license or identification card that is acceptable for federal identification purposes.

According to the OH BMV, several things will remain the same even after the new process begins:
"Deputy Registrars will continue to be part of the driver license and identification card process. Customers will still initiate driver license and identification card transactions by visiting a Deputy Registrar agency, presenting documents (as needed) and be photographed. Driver licenses and identification cards will continue to be valid for four years and require a new photograph with every renewal. Customer costs will remain the same for both the standard and compliant cards."