Understanding Ohio’s new Driver Licenses and State ID Cards

Ohio’s driver licenses and state ID cards have changed and there are several things older adults need to know. The cards have a new look with greater security features to protect cardholders. Also, the process to get a new or replacement card may be different than it perhaps was the last time you got one.

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 receive your new card in the mail in about 10 business days.

There are also 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 also serves as a national ID card. Effective Oct. 1, 2020, you will need a compliant card to access certain federal buildings and facilities. You will also need a compliant card or a U.S. Passport to board any commercial airline flight, regardless of the destination.

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.

Other requirements and documents may apply. Visit the Ohio BMV website for a complete list of acceptable documents.

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 on traveling by air or accessing federal buildings.

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