You’ll need to renew your Ohio driver’s license every three or four years. Your license can be renewed anytime before its expiration date, but the expiration date will vary depending on when you do it:
All driver’s license renewals begin at the Ohio BMV, which does NOT currently allow drivers to renew online.
You’ll need to bring the following documents to the BMV:
At the time of writing, you’ll need to pay a renewal fee of $27.75 to the Ohio BMV when renewing your license. This can be paid by credit card, debit card, cash, check, or money order.
If you received your license before you turned 21, you will not be allowed to renew it more than 30 days before its expiration. Additionally, you’ll have 30 days after your license expires to complete your renewal.
Ohio allows for a six month grace period to renew your license without penalty. If you attempt to renew after the six month period, you’ll be required to obtain a temporary permit and retake the written and driving exam before being allowed to obtain another driver’s license.
Need help preparing for your exams? We offer a summarized Ohio driver’s manual and online practice tests to make studying the rules of the road as easy as possible. Even if you don’t have to retake the exams, it’s good to refresh your knowledge every now and then to stay safe on the roads.
If you are currently out of state on military duty or to obtain an education, you will be allowed to renew your license by mail. Call or email the Ohio BMV for more information on the process and to determine your eligibility.
An out-of-state address will be required in order to mail you the appropriate forms. Generally, you will need to meet the following criteria:
That’s all you need to know about renewing your driver’s license in Ohio. Remember to renew less than six months after the expiration date in order to avoid the complications of getting a new license.
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