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Ohio BMV announces online option for driver's license renewal, title transfers, part of driver exam

Ohio BMV announces online option for driver's license renewal, title transfers, part of driver exam
Posted at 11:46 AM, Jun 23, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-23 20:28:03-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Starting Monday, most Ohio drivers will be able to renew their driver’s license online, and starting next month, Ohio residents will be able to transfer a vehicle title and take the written portion of the driver exam online.

The major changes to the Ohio BMV’s services were announced by Governor Mike DeWine, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted and BMV Registrar Charles Norman at a news conference Thursday.

"We have tried to move everything online so you never have to stand in a line," Husted said.

State leadership is dedicated to improving and enhancing the overall customer experience, DeWine added.

"Everyone is is very, very busy — no one is looking forward to a trip to the DMV," DeWine said. "I'm sure that there are other things Ohioans rather be doing than spending their time doing that."

The option to renew a license or state identification card online will be restricted to drivers aged 21 to 65 who already have a four-year license in Ohio.

"Ultimately, it will save millions of hours — millions of hours — for people that they won't have to stand in line or drive to a BMV location," Husted said. "Your time is money, it also affects your quality of life."

State officials said the option to transfer a title online will be available beginning July 11.

There are also advancements to the driver examinations.

"Traffic laws test will soon be offered online, eliminating the need to test in person at the BMV later this summer," the governor said. "The BMV will also be partnering with other businesses on a pilot project."

The pilot program with begin on July 1 with the Preble County Clerk of Court to contract as a third-party location for driver’s license skills test. It is expected to expand to seven other locations, and more in the future.

"Eliminating the need to wait online or even go to a BMV was one of the original goals of InnovateOhio," Husted said.

The information will all be found on bmv.ohio.gov.

These new options come after the adoption of the “Get In Line Online” program that allows Ohioans to check in at the BMV online to minimize wait time in the building, and the launch of 18 self-service BMV kiosks at locations around the state that allow drivers to perform some services themselves.

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For more details on how these new online services and options work, you can watch the Thursday news conference in the video player below:

Ohio officials announce that major BMV services, including license renewal, will soon have online option

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