The facts about Ohio licenses
People have been asking me if I know anything about the new Ohio license procedures and why the change. So, I decided to post the fact sheet that was released by the Ohio Department of Public Safety in the recent press release. Below is the PDF that was attached to the press release:
Fact Sheet released by the Ohio Department of Public Safety:
The extra level of security provided through centralized card production provides greater protection against counterfeiting and complies with all state and federal security standards. Ohio will be joining 41 other states to provide driver licenses and identification cards through the mail.
Centralizing the production of driver licenses and identification cards will reduce driver license fraud and identify theft by:
- Ensuring driver licenses and identification cards are issued to legitimate cardholders only;
- Preventing loss and theft of secure materials from Deputy Registrar agencies; and
- Providing a more secure printing environment, sparing the state the costs associated with security renovations at local Deputy Registrar agencies.
What will change?
Beginning July 2, 2018, 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.
A new option for meeting national travel security requirements. New federal travel restrictions requiring secure identification go into effect October 2020 and Ohio is getting a jump-start on this process beginning July 2, 2018.
- Customers interested in using their state-issued credential for access to federal facilities or services, such as airport security screening by the Transportation Safety Administration for boarding commercial airlines, may choose to obtain a credential that meets all federal requirements.
- Customers choosing this 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).
- Customers not interested in or not needing to use their state-issued credential for federal identification purposes will have the option of obtaining a standard driver license or identification card without additional document requirements beyond those currently in place.
What will NOT change?
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.
For more information, visit: www.bmv.ohio.gov/NEWDL-ID.
“To save lives, reduce injuries and economic loss, to administer Ohio’s motor vehicle laws and to preserve the safety and well being of all citizens with the most cost-effective and service-oriented methods available.”