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Understanding Ohio’s New Driver’s License and State ID Cards

7 Feb , 2020  

Ohio’s driver licenses and state ID cards have changed and there are several things you need to be aware of, especially the looming October 1 deadline for those who will need the ID for air travel or access to federal facilities.

There are two kinds of cards to choose from: a standard card and a compliant card. The standard card is similar to previous license and ID cards. To get one, you must show your Deputy Registrar license agency proof of your full legal name, date of birth, social security number, address, and in some cases, your legal right to be in the United States.

The compliant card can serve as a national ID card and, effective October 1, 2020, will be needed to board commercial flights and to access certain federal buildings and facilities. A compliant card requires more documentation than the standard card. In addition to your full legal name, date of birth, social security number, and legal status, you will need to show two documents from different sources showing your current Ohio street address. Your current U.S. Passport (if you have one) or birth certificate and social security card can provide proof of your name, date of birth, and social security number. Examples of acceptable documents to prove your address include: Bank statements; credit card statements; current or previous year tax return documents; renter, homeowner, life, or automobile insurance policies; utility bills; and more. One caution, if your current legal name does not match the name listed the document you are using to verify your full legal name, you should also bring documentation such as a marriage certificate/marriage license, divorce decree, or court ordered name change.

The standard and compliant cards have a new look with greater security features to protect cardholders. But, to provide those features, the process to get a new or replacement card has changed. As always, you’ll apply for a new or replacement card at your local Deputy Registrar license agency; however, once you’ve completed your application, you will be provided with a temporary paper version of the card and you will receive your new card in the mail in about 10 business days.

It’s recommended that you visit the Ohio BMV website for a complete list of acceptable documents and answers to frequently asked questions.

The two types of cards cost the same and continue to be good for four years. If your current card does not expire until after October 2020, you may need to renew early to get a compliant card if you plan to travel by air or access federal facilities.

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